How to Sell a Probate Home in Florida

What is the Probate Timeline?

Probate Timeline

The following outlines the steps involved in the probate process. No two probate cases are the same. Every probate case is unique as an individual's fingerprint. There is no such thing as typical probate. This will help you determine how long the probate process may take and give you a clearer understanding of the process.

The probate timeline will vary depending on many factors.

Probate Timeline

Activity Timeframe
Prepare and File Petition for Probate 1-2 months
A court hearing on the Petition for Probate 2-3 months
Orders for Probate & Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration get issued by the Court. A bond gets issued, if ordered 2-4 months
(if not contested)
Notice to Creditors filed 2-4 months
Notice to Department of Health Services Inventory & Appraisal 4-8 months
State and Federal Taxes get paid if necessary 6-12 months
Reject or Allow Claims of Creditors 6-12 months
Preliminary Distributions from Estate 6-12 months
Notice to Department of Health Services (if deceased received medical) 6-12 months
Notice to Franchise Tax Board (if an heir is out of state) 6-12 months
A claim of Exemption (if assets transfer to a minor) 6-15 months
Receive Final Tax Letter from State and Federal if appropriate 6-18 months
File Petition for Final Distribution and Accounting 8-16 months
Hearing on Petition for Final Distribution and Accounting 8-16 months
Order Approving Final Distribution and Accounting 8-16 months
Distribution of Assets to Beneficiaries and Heirs 9-17 months
Final Discharge Order (shows close of probate case) 9-18 months
Final Distribution of Funds 9-18 months

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