Passing Without the Will

Sabrina says her husband passed away in April, and he didn't have a will. He did have an estate. How long does it usually take for an estate to be settled?

QUESTION: Sabrina in Dayton says her husband passed away in April, and he didn’t have a will. He did have an estate. How long does it usually take for an estate to be settled?

ANSWER: Without a will, it sure does muddy the water up. You need to get an attorney and probate the estate. In most states, passing away without a will means his children will get half his valuables and his wife will get the other half of his net worth. That’s usually what happens, but you need an attorney to get this stuff probated so that the ownership of it moves to you as soon as possible so that you can then get stuff sold as you need to and get control of this situation.

It could take 90 days as long as no one gives you any problems. If they do, it will take longer.