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The coronavirus outbreak brought the world to its knees without anyone seeing it coming. No one was left unaffected by it, including schools, hospitals, businesses, and legal institutions.

If you lost a loved one prior to the COVID-19 crisis and were hoping to get your estate settled in the foreseeable future, you can say your hopes goodbye — courthouses are swamped by the backlog of cases that accumulated during the pandemic shutdowns. At this point, there’s no telling how long it will take for the U.S. legal system to get back on track.

How Long Are Probate Cases Taking To Close in 2020,2021 and 2022?

Just like everything else in the world right now,  probate court case timelines are taking longer than average. Probate courts are backlogged which has resulted in beneficieries having to wait longer than average to receive their inheritance. and the chances are that you’ll wait for your inheritance longer than the standard nine to 24 months. If you are worried that the delay will have a negative impact on your financial situation, we feel for you and we are here to help.

How has the pandemic affected probate case timelines?

The coronavirus pandemic unsettled the whole world and brought everything in it to a halt unexpectedly. Courthouses are no exception — all proceedings were paused during the pandemic shutdowns, and new cases piled up on top of the old ones. 

If you’re looking to settle your estate and receive your inheritance in the months ahead, the chances are that you’ll have to wait for your inheritance substantially longer than that. U.S. Probate Courts are overwhelmed by the probate cases resulting from the immense number of lives lost due to COVID-19 infections and other causes. 

Judicial proceedings are time-consuming — you would usually have to wait for nine to 24 months to get your inheritance under normal circumstances. That is too long as it is, especially when you think about the high funeral costs that were suddenly sprung upon your family and other debts that have to be settled. But factor in the delays brought about by the worldwide pandemic, and there’s really no telling when your probate will be granted.

Here are the states with the largest disruptuons to do Probate

The Court has reduced operations and is only providing necessary and essential services.  The Court intends to reduce the number of jurors, parties, and attorneys in the Court for the time period of March 17 through April 15, 2020, as advised by public health officials.

Court is still accepting petitions and scheduling hearings.  Anyone needing immediate action needs to file an “ex parte” petition to get immediate temporary power.  We can help you do this now.

We have heard from customers that hearings will resume in July, and new hearings are being scheduled as far out as October.

How are courts currently handling probate proceedings as a result of the pandemic?

The courts are accepting new probate petitions and have postponed in-person hearings. The judges need to be able to hear the case, so they’re allowing telephone or video conferences for any required proceedings.

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What can you do if your probate case is delayed?

A probate advance is an option for you if you are waiting for probate because of the slow court process. The whole process is fast and easy, unlike petitioning for the probate and getting it granted. There are three steps in total to go through before you receive your inheritance advance:

  1. Application. You will have a free consultation with one of our funding executives who will walk you through the entire process. This is when you can ask any questions you may have and get all the help you need.
  2. Review. We will assess your application to check if you are eligible for an advance on what is rightfully yours. The funding executive will tell you exactly which documents you will need to send to us.
  3. Agreement. Once approved, we will sign a contract with you and wire you your money.

The benefits of getting an advance on your inheritance

While you cannot get the advance on the entire share on your inheritance, with Inheritance Advanced, you can get hold of a substantial sum — anywhere between $5,000 and $500,000 can be in your hands within days.

Apart from that, there are many more benefits to applying for an inheritance advance:

  • No fuss — the application process is as simple as it can be: the documents can be sent electronically, and you’ll get your advance in three days after you apply
  • No hidden costs — we will give you a quote for our service upfront, and after we sign the contract, you won’t have to pay for any late fees or interest
  • No credit rating — we are not interested in your good, bad, or non-existent credit, and we determine your eligibility for the advance solely based on the assets on your estate
  • No strings attached — you will never have to explain the reasons for taking an advance on your inheritance, and you won’t have to justify at any point what you will spend that money on 

You don’t have to wait for your inheritance because the probate courts are backlogged

There is no point in waiting for the courts to catch up with probate cases — apply for an advance on your share of the estate today and circumvent the courthouse delays like a pro. It will cost you next to nothing, and even the one-off cost of our service is a small price to pay during these difficult times.