Probate Timeline


The following is a brief overview of the steps in the probate process and the estimated time frames. No two probate cases are alike; each one is different and unique. The time frame for each step will vary for each case.*                                             

 Prepare and File Petition for Probate

 1-2 months

 Court hearing on the Petition for Probate           

 2-3 months

 The following are issued:  Letters of Administration  or Letters Testamentary, Orders for Probate, Duties  and Liabilities, Issue  Bond (if ordered)

 2-4 months

 (if not contested)

 Notice to Creditors 

 2-4 months

 Notice to Department of Health Services Inventory  & Appraisal

4-8 months

 Pay State and Federal Taxes (if necessary)

 6-12 months

 Allow or Reject Creditor Claims

    6-12 months

 Possible Preliminary Distributions

    6-12 months

 Notice to Department of Health Services (if  deceased  received medical treatment)

    6-12 months

 Notice to Franchise Tax Board (if heir is out of  state)

    6-12 months

 Claim of Exemption (if assets transfer to a minor)

 6-15 months 

 Receive Final Tax Letter from State and Federal (if  appropriate)

 6-18 months

 File Petition for Final Distribution and Accounting

 8-16 months

 Hearing on Petition for final Distribution and  Accounting      

    8-16 months

 Order Approving Final Distribution and Accounting

    8-16 months

 Distribution of Assets to Heirs

 9-17 months

 Final Discharge Order (indicates close of probate  case)          

 9-18 months

 Final Distribution of Funds           

 9-18 months


* This information is of a general nature and is not intended as legal advice.