Unless there is a Will contest or other litigation, a probate estate should take about one year to administer from the date of death of the testator of the Will. There are several deadlines that affect the length of a probate proceeding, including: (1) the deadline for filing notice of the probate proceeding; (2) the one year creditor claim period; and (3) the nine month deadline for filing the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Return and, if required, the Federal Estate Tax Return. If a Will or the proceeding are contested, administration of an estate can take much longer. At Drake Hileman & Davis, we work hard to avoid contests if at all possible.
Please contact one of the helpful and experienced attorneys at Drake, Hileman & Davis for an evaluation of the estate and an assessment of the amount of time required for probate administration.
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