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How long does probate take?

The length of the probate process in Pennsylvania (PA) or other states varies greatly from estate to estate. The determining factors include the assets involved in the estate, the experience of the Executor/Administrator and counsel and the ease in dealing with the beneficiaries. Contrary to common belief, the process is rarely impacted by the actual probate court requirements which can be accomplished timely if the other factors are favorable. Some of the most common causes for a delay in the estate administration process are:
1. Beneficiaries and family members who are not getting along with each other or with the Executor. The psychological and family related issues are sometimes the most difficult to respolve.
2. Hard to value assets such as closely held business interests or vacant land.
3. Assets which are difficult to sell such as real estate or business assets.
4. Complex estate tax and inheritance tax considerations.
You can review some of the probate requirements at the Chester County Register of Wills Website.
Let us know if you have any questions about the probate process, inheritance or estate taxes or other improtant estate administration issues.

Douglas L. Kaune


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