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Time for taking out Probate

How long does Probate in Ireland take? Dave in Cork.

Hi Dave. 

 

This is similar to a question on British Probate which Chris asked in the last edition of The Legal Column.  

 

To ask how long Probate takes in Ireland is to ask how long is a piece of string.  It can take anything from two months to 10 years and depends on the complexity of the estate, the number of beneficiaries and most importantly if there are any disputes over the assets.  

 

There are also tax issues to be taken into account, entitlement matters, debts of the estate, valuations of the assets and returns to the Revenue. Evn Revenue audits can delay winding up an estate.

 

The average time without complications if it is handled by a solicitor would be 3 to 6 months. Handling it yourself directly with the Probate Office takes much longer because you have to make an appointment with the Probate Office and their fees for personal applications are higher. 

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