Is there a max timeframe in the state of Alabama for an estate to be settled and deeded property to be changed over to the persons designated in the will?

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Is there a max timeframe in the state of Alabama for an estate to be settled and deeded property to be changed over to the persons designated in the will?

My mother passed on 15 May 2018. I am designated as the Executor in her will. We met with the lawyer on 25 May 2018, paid his fee and started the probate process. As of today 22 May 2019, he has not drafted a new property deed so I can switch the names on the property deed over to the individuals designated in my mothers will.

My concern is, he Lawyer will exceed a max timeframe and my mothers property land will become an asset of the state of Alabama.

Asked on May 22, 2019 under Estate Planning, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no maximum time frame, and these matters sometimes do take several years to be resolved--a colleague of mine took six or seven years to finish probate on her own parents' estate, for example. So you don't need to worry about this, though the lawyer should at least be moving the matter along.


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