What is the time frame to settle an estate?

Should it be settled within 2 or 3 years?

Asked on July 21, 2014 under Estate Planning, Utah

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Do you mean how long do you have to offer a Will in to probate after the death of a decedent or how long the process should take once the probate is started? The Utah Probate Code requires a probate to be filed within three years after the death of the person. (See Utah Code section 75-3-107.) After that time, an action to declare heirs under the Utah laws of intestacy may be filed, but the will cannot be probated and followed. As for how long the estate will take to complete once started that depends on the size of the estate, the ability for the Personal Representative to locate heirs, pay off debt, sell property, etc. Larger estates take much more time.  Good luck.



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