What is the Timetable for an Administration?

Typically, the estate administration process takes ap­proximately six months to one year. More complicated estates may take longer. The timetable for various tasks is as fol­lows:

  • One month – file the will and have the fiduciary appointed (i.e., the fiduciary is called an executor if there is a will, or an administrator if there is no will)
  • Three months – will contest period ends and the inventory is filed
  • Six months – creditors must make claims or else their claims are barred
  • Nine months – estate tax returns are due
  • Six months to one year (or more) – make final distributions to the heirs and file the final account


For a detailed list of due dates and a typical timetable, see: