For the most part, the Probate process in New York is quick and easy. In some cases, yes, the Probate process can be very costly and time consuming. But that is in a very small percentage of cases. Eighty percent of the time it shouldn’t take more than six weeks from the time you have all the papers filed, until the time the Surrogate judge signs the Decree appointing someone as Executor or Administrator of a decedent’s estate. Another ten percent of the time, it’s going to take more effort and paperwork to get the job done, and it might take a few months to complete Probate. And then five percent of the time the process can’t be completed without a lawyer, and could take up to a year. And as for the remaining five percent, well sometimes there are situations where the process could take years. But that’s very, very unusual. You may think it has to do with the amount of money someone had when they died. But that would be wrong. The Probate process is the same whether someone died with $100,000 or $1,000,000 or $10,000,000. The forms are the same and the procedures are the same. Most of the time, a lawyer can tell pretty quickly whether Probate is going to be quick and easy, or take longer. Or much longer. Please ask.