How long does probate take in California?

When a loved one passes away, there are a lot of administrative matters that need to be taken care of. We understand how difficult this time is for many families and want to make the process as easy as possible. If the person who passed had a detailed estate plan and made decisions about what they wanted after they are no longer with us, it is generally easier than if the person didn’t have anything prepared.

One question that many estate administrators may have when they are handling matters of the estate is how long the probate process will take. Probate is simply the process of handling the estate. The person’s assets will be gathered and valued, all debts and other liabilities will be paid off, and the executor will have to distribute the assets to all beneficiaries according to the will. It depends on how well prepared the decedent was. If they did not have a will prepared, things may take longer.

Probate will generally take a while depending on the complexity of your case. Oftentimes, it will take anywhere from 9 months to over a year and a half. In more complex situations, it can take even longer than that, encroaching on two years.

If you need to create an estate plan or if you were appointed the administrator of an estate and need assistance, contact an experienced wills, trusts, and estates attorney today.

If you need the dedicated legal representation for wills, trusts, and estate matters in California, contact the Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman to schedule a consultation.