Probably the worst pitfall in the administration of decedent's estates is the fact that the law relating to it has so few pitfalls. As opposed to workmen's compensation practice, for example, the statutes covering administration and the devolution of decedent's property are relatively all-inclusive. There is a statute to cover most situations, and if the lawyer will read them, he will probably do a creditable job in most situations. This encourages the average practitioner to think of probate practice as an opportunity to shoot fish in a barrel, and get well paid for doing it. As we shall see, there are pitfalls and problems all along the line; and because they are often latent, the lawyer must be especially careful to avoid them.
Daniel F. Carmack, Common Problem in Administration of Decedents' Estates, 14 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 179 (1965)