How Long Does a Probate Take in Court?
Let’s talk about how long does a probate take. If I file a probate in court today, how long until I could see any of the money as a beneficiary of the will, or just as an heir of that person.
Well, first off, we should talk about what a probate is. A probate is in order to transfer title from your parents or a person to a next-of-kin, or an heir, or somebody else, it has to go through probate unless it’s in a trust.
So if it’s in a trust, you don’t have to worry about it, but if it’s not in a trust, it usually has to go through probate and then someone has to file a lawsuit in court, and then you will ask yourself, how long does this take until the title is finally switched over?
Well, in my probates that I’ve done over the past couple of years, it is a minimum of 10 months usually to get from point A to point B, but it can take years and years, depending on the fighting that may occur within a probate. Probate is basically, you open up channels for everybody to come contest, and for lawsuits to be filed and creditors to be paid, and that could take a long time.
I’ve had a probate open for 11 years, and it’s still not closed, because there keep on coming and keep filing more petitions. So, if you want to ask yourself what’s the typical probate take, that is probably about two (2) years. Two years from start to finish is a great estimation for a probate when we have very limited amounts of commotion going on, and the attorneys on top of things. So that is my estimate.
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