Q: In Maryland if there is no will and the estate representative doesn’t sell the home of the deceased in the allotted time
And the state takes over and puts it up for auction, does the state have to sell it at the appraised amount? There are no taxes owed , however because of other heirs Maryland State allows a certain length of time to sell and distribute all monies .
A: What!? Get a lawyer. Find out why the state is selling the property. Intestacy has nothing to do with it. If there is an open probate and an appointed personal representative (PR), we need to ask why they have decided to forfeit the property. Is it "underwater" with the mortgage debt and taxes? Is the PR doing something dishonest? If it isn't an unredeemed tax sale that's too late, reopen the estate and sell the property. Have a lawyer review the actions if the PR to determine whether you need to petition the court to remove the PR. If for some reason the state has asserted a right to make the sale, I've got to guess it's a tax sale or a sheriff's sale. The appraisal is of limited relevance.
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A: The difficulty with your post is the phrase "and the state takes over and puts it up for auction." That is not normal, so an attorney would want to understand why the state of Maryland would possibly be involved with putting up a property for sale. Now Maryland counties routinely put properties up for tax sale when the taxes aren't paid, and sell them to private parties, but your post suggested "there are no taxes owed."
Generally speaking, if the appointed personal representative doesn't do their job, the court (Register of Wills) will order the Personal Representative ("PR") to explain why they shouldn't be removed from the role. If the PR is removed from the role, someone else (such as another relative) should be appointed and carry out the duties of wrapping up the estate. The government itself doesn't sell properties in estates, that is the job of the individual appointed as a PR.
While not legal advice, I hope this response gives some general information helpful to you.
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