Probate court is generally not very difficult. Almost always the case is handled as an informal probate, which means that court orders are signed simply by filing paperwork at court, and without supervision by a judicial officer and any court hearings. Even if part of the case is handled formally, which means a court hearing is necessary to straighten out some detail, the rest of the case can be informal.Adult Adoptions Any adult may adopt another adult who is at least eighteen years of age and not more than twenty-one years of age and who consents to the adoption or another adult person who is a stepchild, niece, nephew, cousin, or grandchild of the adopting person. A foster parent may adopt an adult who was placed in his/her care as a juvenile if the foster parent has maintained a continuous familial relationship with that person for five or more years. Trusts Estate planning tools that name a trustee to manage a person's assets during his or her lifetime, and tells the trustee how to distribute those assets when the person dies. Unlike a will, a trust can reduce or eliminate estate taxes and the need for probate court.