Probate Patience: How Long Should it Take to Complete Probate?
A common question that comes up in client meetings is 'how long does it take to get through probate?' There a lot of variables that go into that determination. However, it is fair to recommend some patience for the process to get completed. Notice Publication - This is one of the primary delays. One requirement is that the executor/attorney needs to publish notice in a local newspaper to run for 2 consecutive weeks. Then, after the 2nd publication, there is a 4 month period in which anybody can file a claim in the estate or contest the will. There is also a requirement that notice be given to all interested parties. The claims process/will challenge ends than later of (1) four months after the second notice publication notice or (2) 30 days after mailing notice. Inventory - An inventory needs to be completed and filed with the court. That includes getting date of death values and listing of all assets. Depending on the organization of the records and information, t