I am trying to ascertain how long it should take a lawyer to close someone's estate. I know that each situation is different, but let me provide you with some general details: A Rhode Island woman who lived in assisted living died in March, 2020 and divided her estate amongst 18-20 nieces and nephews. Among other things, the executor, a Rhode Island lawyer, had to close out an annuity and file the deceased's income tax for 2020. To the best of my knowledge, there were no illiquid assets to convert into cash.
How long should all this take? It has been 16 months now and still no sign that the estate is nearing a close.
Some of the beneficiaries have taken it upon themselves to contact the lawyer and complain about the delay. Some have complained about rude treatment.
Let's say, for example, that at the time of death, the estate was worth $1 million. Generally speaking, how long should a non-complicated estate take to close (even with a slow IRS )? How much should the family expect the lawyer to take out of that before the final distribution.? Does the family have any recourse (without hiring lawyer ) to expedite matters?
Should the Rhode Island bar be contacted at this point? If not, when? or ever?
What is the recourse for families in similar situations?