How Long Does It Take To Settle An Estate in Delaware

How Long It Takes To Settle An Estate in Delaware after you inherit the property and open an estate or probate.

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Okay. The million dollar question is that … and there’s a lot of confusion over, when I work with homeowners, is how long it takes to settle an estate in Delaware. And we run across this issue many times. For instance, a homeowner will be trying to sell their property and they expect that they’ll be able to take their cash home with them right at settlement. But it’s actually not the truth. When someone passes away, you have 10 days to file, to open the estate, once they pass away. And then after that, the estate has to open for at least, at least a minimum eight months, eight months to give creditors enough time to file against the estate and lay claim to it. Eight months is the minimum. It doesn’t have to be with months, you can leave it open much longer. Not a problem at all. But the minimum is eight months. And you can still sell your property before eight months. That’s not a problem at all but you won’t be able to collect the money. The money has to sit in an attorney’s escrow account. The way that we work it and I guess anyone would work it, if you wanted to sell the property before the eight months are up, the proceeds of the sale have to sit in an attorney’s escrow account.

It can be our attorney or if you have another attorney, that’s fine as well. And the money has to sit there until the estate can be closed. At that point, the funds will be released to you. I hope that clears everything up and if you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out. We can give you attorney referrals or explain a little bit more about how the process works and how we work in that process and any questions at all. No obligation. You can give us a call or fill out the form on our sit Thanks so much guys. Hope you’re doing well. I shot this video, as you can tell, it’s a little cold out. I’m in Bear, Delaware. If it’s winter time there, stay warm. It’s been cold the last few years here in Delaware. Either way, I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.

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