Showing posts with label Estate Lawyer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Estate Lawyer. Show all posts

Friday, April 29, 2022

Can You Sell Your Parent's Home if They Died Without a Will?

If your parent has passed away and they didn’t have a will, you may be wondering if you can sell their home and get the profit yourself. 

Unfortunately, there are many factors that may make this difficult or impossible, so you should do your research before selling your parent’s home if they did not have a will. 

Read on to learn more about your options in selling your family home.

What the Executor of Your Parents' Estate Should Do


The executor of your parent's estate is responsible for settling their debts and distributing their assets to beneficiaries. 

The executor needs to pay any outstanding debt from your parents' estate and selling assets from their estate can help with these payments. To sell an asset from your parent's estate, you need a legal authority called probate. 

Probate allows you to act on your parents’ behalf as their representative in court. The probate process varies depending on where you live.

If You Didn’t Live in Your Parents’ Home


In order to prove that you are living in your parents’ home without permission and thus have legal title, you must have openly occupied and used it as your own for five years or more prior to making an offer on it. 



The process can take several months to complete, but once ownership is transferred into your name, you can then legally sell it. 

If you do not wish to live in or keep your parents’ property, you can sell it immediately after paying off any taxes and mortgages owed on the property.

If There Are No Heirs to Your Parents’ Home


An heir with an interest in your parent’s home may ask you to sell it for them. If there are no heirs or they decline, you can choose whether to sell it yourself or try to find someone else who wants to buy it. 

If you don’t have time or expertise, consider hiring an appraiser, estate-sale company, real estate agent, and attorney. Some attorneys might even offer package deals where they handle everything for a fixed fee.

Hire an Estate Lawyer


If you’re not sure what to do with your parent’s house, it might be tempting to just sell it right away. But selling a home without a will could lead to some complications, so your best bet is to consult local estate lawyers before you make any rash decisions. 

An attorney can help you navigate everything from taxes and probate to how much control over decision-making rights your other family members have.

If your parent died without a will, it’s important to know what you can and can’t do with their property in order to avoid serious legal consequences. Keep this information in mind as you determine the best next steps in selling your family home.




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