It takes as little a day to probate a will in Arkansas, but the will is subject to challenge for 60 days after giving notice by publication in a local newspaper of general circulation in that particular Arkansas county. Probating a will in Arkansas is completely different from administering an estate in Arkansas. That is, it is possible to probate a will in Arkansas without administering an estate in Arkansas and vice versa. If the deceased has money tied up with financial institutions or significant personal property in Arkansas, then it is likely the estate will require an administration. Administration of an estate in Arkansas has the additional benefit of barring the claims of unknown creditors. Thus, where there is real property in the estate–such as a home–and the heirs wish to sell the home immediately, estate administration will allow the home sale to close sooner than if there were no administration.