Burnsville, NC asked in Probate for North Carolina

Q: Process for selling a inherited house in NC?

Cty clerk says an inherited house can't be sold until probate & estate account is closed to avoid being taxed .004. With the probate closed, there is no executor. How do the inheritors get the authorization to sell the house? How are the proceeds distributed to the inheritors? Ideally, I, as executor/inheritor, would like to keep the estate account open a year to pay next years estate tax return, etc. However, I want to put the house on the market in the next few months

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Gregory Herman-Giddens
Gregory Herman-Giddens
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: The house can be sold before or after probate is closed. After the estate is closed, the executor is not a necessary party to the sale.

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