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How long is the probate process?

Philadelphia, PA |

My 22 year old son died last month. He had a structured settlement annuity but no will or beneficiary. I am his closest living relative, his Dad. How do I go about probate and become the executor/administrator of his estate. My son had no children and his Mom passed in 2006. How do I find a good affordable attorney to handle this? How long should I prepare myself to wait? How much is this gonna cost?! I was told that the probate process would be lengthy. How long?

Attorney Answers 1


  1. Generally the probate process in Philadelphia, where I practice, is about 1 year. You have to apply at the register of wills with a copy of the death certificate. Attorney assistance is probably required here. The funds from the estate can be used to reimburse you for legal fees, etc.