How Long Does The Probate Process Take In California?

The amount of time it takes for an estate to pass through probate in California can be lengthy. It is not something that can be done over the course of a long weekend. The speed of the probate process varies from case to case. A “fast” probate would be finished in eight to nine months. A more typical case would take about 18 months. Some cases may take two years or longer. Having an experienced lawyer on your side to help guide you through this process can help ensure that this process is carried out as smoothly as possible.

Why Do Things Take So Long?

The probate process is lengthy for a number of different reasons. First of all, it must be determined whether there is a valid will. This can be a more complicated task than it appears. Many people do not inform their family members of the location of their will, or they may have two, very different copies. If there is no will or if the will does not name an executor to administer the estate, then the law must determine who will be the executor. The court must approve the appointment of the executor who must then gather information regarding the estate’s assets and debt, and submit their findings to the court.

Once all of these steps have been completed, the court will distribute any remaining assets to the beneficiaries who are named in a will, or according to the laws of intestate succession if there is no will. Large estates and family conflicts can further complicate this process, drawing out the probate process even longer than what is considered to be normal.

Speak To An Attorney For Help With Estate Administration

Make no mistake. The probate process in California takes time. Having a lawyer who can help guide you through this process can help minimize delays and save you potential legal troubles in the future. To schedule a free consultation at the Law Offices of Alice A. Salvo, call our location in Woodland Hills at 818-676-9572. You may also complete our online contact form.