Kentucky law requires that an estate be open for six (6) months. Many estates can be finalized and closed right after the six-month date. Of course, the amount of time that an estate stays open can vary depending on numerous factors. Most simply stated, if there are no problems, or problems are avoided, the estate can settle sooner. If there are problems, it is important that they be dealt with in a timely manner so that the estate can be settled sooner rather than later.
Many of my Probate proceedings take from six to nine months, and most do not extend beyond a year and a half.