After a loved one passes away, the last thing you want is to go through a complex legal process. However, in most situations, it is necessary to resolve a probate case before the deceased person’s estate can be distributed and closed. It is natural to wonder: how long does this generally take?
While no two probate cases are the same, the process in Illinois generally takes about six to twelve months. It is difficult to complete a case faster than six months due to certain requirements under the Illinois Probate Act. On the other hand, there are several factors that might lengthen a probate case significantly. These include:
- There are numerous beneficiaries, including some who might be difficult to locate or who might have conflicting interests
- If there is no will, there might be complications finding the right heirs
- Having claims filed against the estate – especially when they are not valid and must be challenged
- The estate involves particularly complex assets and property
- The deceased individual was not particularly organized with their estate planning documents or information regarding assets, property, or liabilities
- Someone contests the validity of the will or certain terms of the will
All of the above issues can cause delays, and contested estates can take a particularly long time to resolve. In order to prevent delays whenever possible, it is important to seek help from an Illinois probate administration attorney.
Contact a Probate Lawyer in Illinois for Assistance
Illinois probate attorney Charles Newland knows that probate is a complicated and sometimes stressful process, particularly after you just lost a loved one. Our firm assists executors and beneficiaries with probate-related issues, and we can work to address complications as efficiently as possible. Call 847.797.9300 or contact us online to discuss further how we might help in your situation.