How long does probate usually take to complete?

The duration of the probate process is subject to lots of different variables, but a general rule of thumb is approximately six months. However, you should be aware that it can and frequently does takes far longer. Some of the matters that can delay the completion of the process (among others) can include:

  • Problems in locating the heirs and beneficiaries
  • contest of the will (disputing the validity of the document) by the heirs or beneficiaries
  • Claims or liens against the estate that remain unsettled
  • Real estate or other property that cannot be sold for some reason
  • Failure to properly notify one or more creditors during the claim period
  • Dissatisfaction regarding the actions of the personal representative by the heirs or beneficiaries

The complexity of the task and this myriad of possible delaying factors make it all the more imperative that a well-organized and meticulous personal representative be selected who can effectively manage the process and reduce the chances of complications and delays.

Ryan Garrison

I have been purchasing properties in Western Washington since 2003. My wife is from Olympia originally. We have three beautiful kiddos and a dog \"Lucky\". I enjoy helping my clients solve problems related to unwanted properties. I am also a Licensed Real Estate agent in the state of Washington.

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