How long does unsupervised administration last?

Typically, 6 to 9 months from the time the PR is appointed.

How long does unsupervised administration last?

Probating an estate through the supervised or formal administration procedures in the District of Columbia generally takes about 12 to 18 months to complete. Due to the complexity of most estates handled through the formal administration procedures, a lawyer's help will probably be needed at each stage of the estate administration process.

How long does a small estate administration last?

The entire small estate administration usually takes less than 60 days. In some cases it can be completed in as few as 10 days.

In what order should claims be paid?

Obligations of the estate should be paid in the following order:

(a) Court costs, the costs of publishing the legal notice, and payment of the bond premium;

(b) the first $1500 in funeral expenses; and

(c) fees to the Personal representative up to $1500,

(d) the Family Allowance

(e) the Homestead Allowance

(f) Exempt Property. 

How is the estate closed?

An unsupervised estate administration can be concluded by filing a Certificate of Completion with the D.C. Superior Court Probate Division. Your attorney can help with preparation and filing of the Certificate of Completion.  If no Certificate of Completion is filed, the appointment of the Personal representative will terminate automatically three years from the date of appointment, unless an extension is requested.

Do I need a lawyer?

Personal representatives are expected to carry out many duties according to high standards and may be held personally responsible if those legal standards are not followed. You may avoid costly errors later if you seek the guidance and help of a lawyer or other advisor early in the probate process.  A lawyer experienced in D.C. probate law can help you determine which type of probate procedure best suits the estate. A lawyer also can help you, understand your obligations throughout the process.

How much are legal fees in a DC probate case?

D.C. law requires lawyers to estimate fees in advance for probating estates. Fees must be determined on the basis of the amount of work performed, the reasonableness of the time spent, the responsibilities assumed, and the results achieved.