Typically, a New York estate will take at least seven (7) months from the time the administrator or executor is appointed. Seven months is also the amount of time an executor or administrator has to wait for the possible creditors to have enough time to submit their claims, so it might be safe to wait at least 7 months unless the personal representative knows with absolute certainty that the decedent had no creditors or all of the creditors are paid and has the beneficiaries sign refunding agreements. Many estates take longer then that, for various reasons.
If it is a taxable estate, it will take even longer – a year or even two, as the estate will not be closed out until the executor receives a closing letter from the tax authorities.
If you think that an estate is taking too long to probate and you may need an NYC estate attorney, call the Law Offices of Albert Goodwin at (212) 233-1233.