Probate Timeline

Step

Timeframe

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, Orders for Probate, Duties and Liabilities, Issue Bond (if ordered), & Letters of Testimentary

2-4 months
(if not contested)

Notice to Creditors

2-4 months

Notice to Department of Health Services Inventory & Appraisement

4-8 months

Pay State and Federal Taxes (if necessary)

6-12 months

Allow or Reject Creditor Claims

 

Possible Preliminary Distributions

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Order Approving Final Distribution and Accounting

 

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

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