How long does an executor have to settle an estate?

Feb 22, 2023 | Publication

An executor generally has 12 months from the date of death to distribute the estate.

This is known as “the executor’s year”.

There can be reasons why an executor has been delayed or not distributed the estate within the timeframe referred to above.

The law in New South Wales provides that an eligible person can bring a claim on an estate within 12 months of the date of death.

This time can be extended in some circumstances.

If you are an executor, beneficiary or other person with a potential claim on an estate, it is important to obtain legal advice.

For an obligation free consultation please telephone us on (02) 9633 1826 or email reception@mcauleylawyers.com.au

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