Probate can take as little as nine months if everything goes like clockwork and there are no complications. However, for the average probate it's not unusual for it to take at least a year to get through the entire process. The process starts with a petition to the Court, the setting of the initial hearing, publication of the probate in a newspaper, notifiy creditors (creditors receive a minimum of four months to file claims), appraisals, filing of the estate inventory, notifications to various government entities, preparation and filing of final accounting and report and then, if there are no contest and everything goes well the Court Order can be issued.