Washington, DC asked in Probate for District of Columbia

Q: If some will a house to you and it has to go through probate will the judge put the house in your name?

And if not how much will it cost to get the house in your name?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in District of Columbia

A: No. The judge will have nothing to do with the sale if the decedent passed after 1995, and the court’s only role for decedents who passed from 1995-1981 was to approve the sale. The personal representative (PR) handles the re-titling or sale, and, in most cases, the easiest way to afford all of the probate and sale expenses is to list and sell the house. With current real estate prices in DC, it is almost always the best choice, but that is up to the PR.

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