Q: I was warded Guardianship/Conservatory for my 89 year old grandmother who recently passed away on May 3rd 2019.
I had done a quit claim deed prior to her passing on her house she owned. I am now trying to sell the home and Title company says I need Permission from the court to sell. Can I do an small estate affidavit less than $40,000 for the title of her home?
A: A small estates affidavit is for certain items of tangible and intangible personal property. A house and the land it occupies would be real property. The appointment of an administrator (no will) or executor (will) is necessary to effectuate a transfer of a decedent's real property. If there is no will, it is also possible to wait six months from the date of death and complete a determination of descent (one petition, one order) to complete a transfer of the real property at that time. If an estate is not opened promptly, it is imporant to assure that the house insurance remains in place.
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