A probate can take months, or even years, to complete. For an average modest estate, it can take from six months to two years. The longer it takes, the more it costs. If any heirs contest a will, things get more time-consuming and expensive.
Probate makes the deceased person’s financial situation a matter of public record. This includes the nature and extent of the assets, the person’s debts, and who will get the assets.
For fairly simple estates, with or without a Will, it may be possible to go through probate without a lawyer. However, many estates are more complex than they initially appear. The guidance of a qualified probate attorney can get you through the process quicker, help deal with problems that may arise, assure the taxes are handled properly, and ease your stress.