HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET PROBATE OR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION?
When a loved one has passed away, leaving behind assets, the assets (known as the deceased’s estate) must be administered and distributed in accordance with the law. This person is called an Executor or an Administrator, and the Court appoints him or her through the probate process in court.
If the deceased made a Will, the Will would usually provide for the appointment of an Executor or Executors to administer the estate according to the Deceased’s wishes. The application to court is called an application for Grant of Probate.
If the deceased did not make a Will, an Administrator or Administrators would have to be appointed by the Court to administer the estate. The Administrator is usually the spouse or one of the next-of-kin of the deceased.
Once if a loved one has passed on, you should appoint a probate lawyer. The probate lawyer will help you apply for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration to be legally recognised as the executor or administrator of the Deceased’s estate as the case may be.
Once the Court has issued the Grant, you may bring this Grant to the various institutions (e.g. banks) to realise the assets.
Factors that Affect How Long Probate Will Take
If the matter is straightforward, the probate lawyers at PKWA Law usually obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration within 1 to 2 months. A majority of probate cases are straight forward.
In certain situations, the probate process may take a little longer if it turns out to be not straight forward. Such situations can include:
It is not known if the deceased has a will. The search for a will may take time.
the deceased has a safe deposit box.
the family does not know all the assets of the deceased.
there is a dispute among family members over the probate process or the validity of the will.
the court requires an affidavit of due execution to be filed.
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