Always analyze a date in the context of other events taking place at about the same time. In comparing the death date of my great-grandfather with the date the will was brought to court for recording, I realized the dates were close--the date of death was 1 February and the will was brought for recording on 3 February. The time frame was even closer than I thought.
The great-grandfather died on a Saturday and on the following Monday the potential executor brought the will to be recorded. This was the first business day after the ancestor died--meaning that there wasn't really any delay at all--the executor didn't mess around.