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16 May 2018

Can I sell the deceased’s home before receiving grant of probate?

When administering an estate, the to-do list can be daunting. So can initiating the sale of the deceased’s property be started early?

Karen Bacon from our wills, probate & tax team explains what can and can’t be done. The short answer is that the deceased’s home can’t be sold before a grant has been obtained.

Although executors derive their authority from the will, they can only prove their rights by taking a grant of probate. If the deceased died without a will (intestate), the administrators have no authority before the grant of letters of administration is issued.

However, there are steps that can (and should) be taken at an early stage to ensure that when the grant has been obtained, the sale of the property proceeds smoothly.

Click here to view the article in full published by The Gazette.

*The information provided in this article is designed to provide useful information on the subject, not to provide specific legal advice.

If you would like to discuss arrangements for later life, or are an executor who needs legal advice on the administration of an estate, please contact our dedicated Wills, Trusts and Probate team on 01603 598000 or by emailing probate@steeleslaw.co.uk. Appointments are available at our Diss, Norwich and London offices or home visits by appointment.

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