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A Typical Probate Timeline

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AT-A-GLANCE

A Typical Probate Timeline

You'll find a pretty standard timeline for how the California Probate process unfolds below.  If you'd like a more detailed understanding of each step, check out our more detailed "Guide to California Probate Real Estate Transactions".

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Notice to Creditors 2-4 Months
The following are issued: Letters of Administration, Orders for Probate, Duties & Liabilities, Issue Bond (if ordered), and Letters Testamentary 2-4 Months*
Court hearing on the petition for probate 2-3 Months
Prepare and file petition for probate 1-2 Months
Notice to Department of Health ServicesInventory & Appriasal 4-8 Months
Pay state and federal taxes if necessary 6-12 Months
Allow or reject creditor claims 6-12 Months
Possible preliminary distributions 6-12 Months
Notice to Department of Health Services (if deceased received medical) 6-12 Months
Notice to Franchise Tax Board (if heir is out of state) 6-12 Months
Claim of Exemption (if assets transfer to a minor) 6-15 Months
Receive final tax letter from state and federal (if appropriate) 6-18 Months
File petition for final distribution and accounting 8-16 Months
Hearing on Petition for Final Distribution & Accounting 8-16 Months
Distribution Approval Order 8-16 Months
Distribution of assets to heirs 9-17 Months
Final discharge order indicating close of probate case 9-18 Months
Final distribution of funds 9-18 Months
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