There is no time limit on filing a will with the Surrogate’s Court, which has oversight of the validity of wills and beginning the probate process.
There are good reasons to act promptly to file the will with the Surrogate’s Court in Buffalo, though, because if delays result in hardship to creditors, the court may penalize the holders in order to make creditors whole.
When there are concerns about creditors, it is usually best to allow the court to empower the Executor(s) to begin administering the estate.
This will include payment of taxes and debts, appraisal of property, and distribution of cash and assets as stated in the will.
The probate process can take anywhere from weeks to months, depending on the complexity of the estate.
Experienced probate attorneys can help you understand the process, potential problems that may arise, and help address specific concerns the family may have about the probate process, the estate, or the will itself.
For experienced help handling your loved one’s final wishes, call the attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer today at 716-542-5444 for a legal consultation.