Probate cases are often troubling times for families. Not only is a person going through the loss of a loved one, but the probate process is often confusing and stressful. Sometimes, this process can go on for several years. The estate will usually be closed within three years. What happens if an issue relating to the estate happens after the estate is closed? What if new assets are discovered which need to be distributed? Iowa law allows estates to be reopened under certain circumstances.