Nearly every executor wants to know how long probate will take. The process shouldn’t take more than 2 or 3 months in most cases; but it can take much, much longer. One of the reasons for this is that there is a tendency for the process to become totally reactive. You need to get some information from, for example, a bank. The bank doesn’t answer, and then it is weeks before the solicitor realises that there has been no reply. That happens a few times, and the accumulated delay creates a great deal of frustration and irritation as far as his or her client is concerned.