Probate is the process that settles the estate and validates the will of the decedent. The probate process can be very involved and generally takes a minimum of 12 - 18 months. However, depending upon the size of the estate and if someone contests the will or not, the process could take longer, even continuing for a number of years. Also, if the executor does not want to take on this position and deal with the probate process, then the courts will need to get another executor, which will add additional time onto the probate process. During this entire time, the courts and attorneys are collecting fees, and heirs are left on the sidelines wondering what is going on. This is why it is extremely important for everyone to have a will and trust in place, so that their wishes are carried out smoothly.
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