How long does it take to settle an estate?
Person died 03/09.
How long it takes to settle an estate really depends on the complexity of the matter. Some estates are large and require a lot of time to deal with. Sometimes there are issues regarding the ability of the court to obtain jurisdiction over the necessary parties to the probate and it takes time to serve them. If the court does not have jurisdicition then they can not finalize the estate.
Also sometimes Judges make people do a little extra to be sure that everything is taken care of correctly. It is to protect not only the personal representative but also the beneficiaries. Generally speaking once all the assets and debts are gathered, the debts are paid from the assets and the taxes are filed the estate can be distributed to the beneficiaries. You can always ask the status.