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Probate Duration

With a vast reservoir of experience, the partners at Peters Patchin & Monaghan are skilled at determining the best probate or non-probate procedure available in each circumstance. And in every case, the analysis starts with a determination as to whether probate is even required. If an alternate to probate is feasible and more affordable, that will be the path we recommend. If that is not the case and probate is unavoidable, our partners, Daniel Patchin and Ben Monaghan, will strive to streamline the process to the greatest extent possible.

How time-consuming is the probate process? By law in Idaho, a probate may not be completed earlier than six months after a person has passed away.

In large part, that delay is mandated by a four-month period during which creditors of the person who passed away can legally file claims against the estate.

Although the Executor has the option to distribute some of the decedent’s property earlier, final accountings and distributions cannot occur earlier than six months from the date of death.

Although there are certainly cases of probate dragging on for years, most cases can be (and should be) wrapped up in less than one year.

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If you would like our help with this or any other probate questions, please give us a call at 208-939-2600 to schedule your free initial consultation. Or you can schedule your expedited appointment at your convenience by clicking on either of the yellow “Schedule Now” boxes on our Home Page.

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