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Does an Executor Have a Deadline to Probate a Will?

  • September 7th, 2016
Q
My sister was named executor of our parents' will. It has been three years since our parents passed away and my sister has not moved to probate the will. Does a will have to be probated within a certain length of time or can she drag it out forever?
A

While each state has its own deadline, three years is far too long in every state. You can go to court to either force your sister to get moving or to have her removed as personal representative and have the court appoint someone else who will move the process along.

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Last Modified: 09/07/2016

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