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WHAT HAPPENS IF AN EMERGENCY ARISES BEFORE A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IS APPOINTED?

Most probate cases follow a similar pattern. It generally takes four to six weeks from the time a petition for probate is filed until Letters can be issued to the personal representative. However, in some cases there are exigent emergencies that need to be dealt with immediately. If an emergency situation exists so that appointment is urgently needed before the Petition for Probate can be heard by the Probate Judge, you may file a separate Petition for Letters of Special Administration.

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