How long does an Illinois Probate last?
An Illinois Probate case will generally last at least six months due to the necessity of the claims publication requirement under the Illinois Probate Act. Typically, an Illinois Probate will run between six and twelve months. However, if litigation is involved, an Estate may be open in Court for several years.
Also, in the Cook County Probate system, there will likely be some additional time needed to probate the Estate due to the delay that comes from the high volume of cases. Because of this, the Cook County Probate courts have a specialized calendar system that randomly assigns cases to the various Cook County Probate judges.