How long does it takes for the court to approve and record an small estate affidavit?

Asked about 2 years ago - Katy, TX

I am buying a house and one of the owners passed away,

the title company needs the small estate affidavit.

It was turned in to the court last Monday.

What can I do to expedite the recording? Is in Fort Bent County, TX

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  1. Charles J. Smaistrla

    Contributor Level 9


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    Answered . It's hard to predict how long it will take the judge to review and approve a small estate avidavit. It may depend on how full the court docket is, and it varies a lot from one county to another. The previous attorney is correct that there's not much you can do, but you might call the court coordinator and ask how long it normally takes. Informing the coordinator of the urgency of the matter may help.

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  2. Eric B. Dick


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    Answered . The last small estate affidavit I did took a few weeks for the judge to sign. Not a whole lot you can do to expedite the judge signing the order.

    I offer free consultations and am quite familiar with family judges in Harris County and nearby counties.


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  3. Randall S Perrier


    Contributor Level 10


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    Answered . Small Estate Affidavits typically take about 10 days to wind their way through most courts. You can always contact the court's clerk or case coordinator and check on the status of your case. I have had success explaining to the court personnel how time sensitive certain real estate matters are, that they will move your case along extra quickly to help you out. No guarantees, but a very polite request is sometimes honored.

    Best of luck!

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