Well, depending of what assets the estate owns and whether any tax returns are due, it can take 12 to 18 months to disburse assets. However, sometimes distributions can be made sooner and sometimes no distributions are made for many years - there are numerous variables.
My suggestion is, if you know who the attorney is, asking him or her for an approximate timeline.
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Fellow counsel is accurate. The personal representative can do partial distributions earlier if agreed to by the heirs, the PR, and the Court.
Most estates, regardless of the smallness, take at least 12 months for distribution. If all interested parties agree, there may be an earlier partial distribution.
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