Your Trusted Guide Through the Probate Timeline

Discover the timeline for navigating the probate process and settling the estate with our handy chart.

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 Heirs9-17 Months
Final Discharge Order (indicates close of probate case) 9-18 Months
Final Distribution of Funds 9-18 Months

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