Probate Benchmarks:

Wisconsin Statutes require all estates to be settled as soon as reasonably possible and without unnecessary delay. The Wisconsin Chief Judges have set fourteen (14) months as the benchmark for disposing of probate estates, and the Registers in Probate for the Fifth Judicial District have also adopted this benchmark. All estates filed in Columbia County must be closed within fourteen (14) months of the date the initial documents are filed.

To File a Claim Against an Estate:

To file a claim against an estate that is being probated, please complete Standard State Form, Claim Against Estate (PR-1819). Please have your signature notarized. File the completed form with the Register in Probate along with a statutory $3.00 filing fee.