How long does probate / settlement take?

The time it takes for either probate or settlement may differ for many reasons. In our experience the average probate takes approximately 7 to 11 months and the average trust settlement can take anywhere from 4 to 7 months. The length of time for probate is generally longer due to court involvement. Often times the sale of real estate can also cause considerable delays. Other factors could include uncooperative heirs, out-of-state property, or obtaining tax clearance.