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The Probate Timeline


Step                                                                                                  Duration

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  Testamentary **

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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