I can not find a statute that "makes" a PR close an estate. My friend has had one open for 10 years, the Pr keeps asking for extensions, no reason given. They are granted. No court hearings have happened in 4 years. I feel only statutes make things happen and are in writing and sometimes do not give room for excuses.
Court hearings are not necessarily an indication of progress or lack thereof. Having said that, unless the Will requires it or there is some unusual situation, it is hard to imagine a situation where an estate would need to be open for that long. Are there beneficiaries who are minors? Assets that need to be sold?
You can always petition the court to order the estate closed if there is nothing left that needs to be administered.
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In Broward County the Letters of Administration are stamped that the estate must be closed within a year if no estate tax return is due, and two years if an estate tax return is due. I know of no statute that requires closure. I don't know what the petitions for extension of time to close estate are giving as the basis to keep the estate open, but even here, if there is good basis the estate will remain open, with no hearing. You don't state why you want it closed. Are there assets that you are still waiting to receive? I suggest you seek a consult with an attorney in Ocala and take the estate paperwork with you so the attorney can look at it and answer your questions.
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I do not know of Statute. The case is managed by the Judge and Clerk of Court.
Extensions are granted for valid reasons.
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