The amount of time that it takes to close an estate in Westchester County, New York depends on a number of factors. Depending on the traffic facing the surrogate’s court at the time the application for letters testamentary is made, it can take a number of months before those letters can be issued. During that time, the executor or administrator does not actually have the legal power to do much with the estate.
Once the Letters are issued, the minimum amount of time before the estate can be closed is seven months, to give debtors time to come forward to make their claims. However, if someone contests a will or there are additional problems, there is a potential that closing a will can take years. For this reason, it is wise when taking on the responsibility of being executor or administrator to hire a Westchester estate attorney in order to make sure closing the estate goes as smoothly as possible.
To learn more, read what to do when someone died with a will in Westchester County, New York.
If you are interested in hiring an attorney, call Westchester County, New York estate attorney Albert Gurevich, Esq. at (914) 293-2043.