It depends on the kind of case you have. A name change, for example, is easy to estimate and should not take more than a few months. A divorce case will depend on a number of factors including the complexity of the issues and positions taken by both parties. Chapter 7 Bankrupcies are over in a matter of months, Chapter 13's take years because you need time to repay your creditors. I will keep you informed at all times so that you know where you are at in the process, what remains to be done, and in which direction your case is likely headed.