How Long Does Probate Take?

We all go through a grieving process after the passing of a loved one. Family members and friends need time to focus on their loss and move on with the next phase of life. But a tragic passing of a loved one also brings legal and financial responsibilities for those left behind. Those tasks can distract from the grieving process and create overwhelming stress at a time when the family is least prepared to deal with it.


It is completely understandable that family members will want to complete estate administration as soon as possible. Two common question people always ask is How long does the administration process take? and It is possible to skip probate?


What is the probate timeline?


The actual time it takes for a particular estate to be administered depends on the estate’s complexity. Some of the factors which affect the timeline include whether the deceased left a Will, how many assets are in the estate and whether the family members cooperate in the estate’s administration.


In general, probate takes 9-18 months from the date the petition is filed. In some situations, administration can be completed in slightly less time or perhaps longer for very complex matters.


The probate process can be thought of in several stages ranging from initial document gathering to distribution of inheritance. Within each stage, the probate process can slow down if there are any delays in completing a step in the process. Therefore, it is important to anticipate potential obstacles before they arise to avoid a lengthy administration process.


As a probate law firm for estate executors, we help settle estates efficiently and reduce stress. If you know someone faced with a probate process or roadblocks to an estate property sale, please have them contact us for a free evaluation at:


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