Without a will.
If the deceased person has not left a will or it cannot be found, applying for probate can take 1-8 weeks. Usually when the estate is in intestacy it is a longer person. If you were close to the deceased person and know a lot about the assets in their estate this will help move the application through the process quicker. However, if you need to track down paperwork and do not know about the assets, this could take up to 2 months and the process will be slower than with a will.
Waiting for application to be approved.
Once the application has been submitted to the probate registry it will then take a further 3-6 weeks for the application to be approved. Sometimes this may be longer due to whether the estate is particularly complex and at this stage there is nothing you can do than to wait. When the grant of probate has been approved, it will be sent out in the post and from there you are ready to start dealing with the estate.
Dealing with the estate.
To sell the property, distribute assets and close bank accounts, this can take 3-6 months to organise and deal with.