The executor/administrator must mail certain required notices to all heirs and legatees within 14 days after the administrator was appointed, unless notice was previously excused by a signed Waiver of Notice.
42 Days after estate opened
If notice was properly given, heirs and legatees have 42 days after the estate was opened within which to file a demand for formal proof of will with the court.
60 days after estate opened
In supervised administration, the administrator must file with the court an Inventory within 60 days.
6 months from estate opened
If notice was properly given, heirs and legatees have up to 6 months to initiate a Will Contest. This is a strict jurisdictional time limit.
6 months from first publication date
Notified creditors and creditors that were not known or reasonably ascertainable must file claims within 6 months from first publication date.
7 months from estate opened
Surviving spouse has 7 months to elect to renounce the Will and instead take the statutory share (1/2 if no children; 1/3 if there are children).
14 months from estate opened
In Cook County, if the estate remains open after 14 months the court will expect the representative to account or report to the court to explain why the estate needs to remain open.
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