May Take Decades to Settle

When searching for records of an estate settlement, keep in mind that it may be ten or twenty years before an estate is finally settled. This final settlement may appear in the probate records or the land records–or both. Thomas Sledd died in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1815. His land was finally partitioned among his heirs in 1831.


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  1. W David Samuelsen

    I know of a case where it took more than 80 years to settle an estate. All because of the trust money. The estate established the record of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as of the person’s death. The trust was et up for the lifetime of these heirs and kept paying out until last of the great-grandchildren died then the trust closed and distributed to charities to settle the estate for good.


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