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How Long Does a California Probate Take? Eight Factors to Consider

Scott Grossman

Scott Grossman


The Grossman Law Firm, APC · 525 B Street, Suite 1500, San Diego, CA 92101 · (951) 523-8307

Has your friend or loved one passed away, leaving you as executor of the estate? If so, you may be aware that you will need to oversee a probate administration in California. This also may be your first time serving in such a role. As a result, you may be asking yourself what probate is and how long does a California probate take? Well, probate is the process of transferring legal title of the decedent’s property to the rightful beneficiaries or heirs. The length of time that the process may take can vary greatly, from several months to several years.

What factors influence the length of time that it takes to complete a probate administration in San Diego?

  • First of all, whether there are creditor claims or not
  • Also, whether there is property that needs to be sold or not
  • Whether the estate has federal or state tax liabilities
  • Furthermore, whether there are disputes among the heirs or beneficiaries
  • Whether someone is pursuing a California will contest
  • Also, whether the beneficiaries or heirs are easily identified and located
  • Whether the beneficiaries or heirs are cooperative
  • Finally, whether the San Diego probate court is backlogged with other estates

To learn more, view our article, “How Long Does Probate Take in California?

In conclusion, even if you are new to the probate process, you do not have to go it alone. An experienced San Diego probate court attorney can provide guidance throughout all stages of the probate process. For more information and a complimentary consultation with a knowledgeable professional, call our toll-free number at (888) 443-6590. Or, you can fill out a contact form today. It would be out pleasure to further assist you.

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