How Long is Probate?
About a year, at least – maybe longer.
Assuming a Petition for Probate is filed on January 1 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Court will calendar the Petition for a hearing about 6 to 10 weeks later. Before the scheduled hearing date, the Court posts Notes online which ask questions about or point out defects in the Petition that need to be satisfactorily responded to before the hearing date. If the Notes are not adequately responded to, then the Court will continue the hearing date for another 6 weeks or so to give you time to respond; by the new hearing date, the Notes ought to be cleared up so as to avoid any further continuances. So the hearing date from the original January 1 filing date is about mid- to late-April.