Probate Timeline

The Probate Timeline

                                     Action Step                                        Duration


Prepare and File for  Probate 1-2 months
Court hearing on the Petitions for Probate 2-3 months
The following are issued:  Letters of Administration, Orders for Probate, Duties and Liabilities, Issue Bond (if ordered), & **Letters  Testimentary ** 2-4 months  (if not contested)

Notice to Creditors  

2-4 months
Notice to Department of Health Services Inventory & Appraisement 4-6 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



Clemya Matthews

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