Q: Signed a purchase contract, seller passed away, now what?
In the state of Kentucky, we signed a purchase contract for a piece of real estate and was set to close at the middle of June. The owner unexpectedly passed and we are unsure of his will, estate, or heir information. Is the purchase contract legally binding and are we still legally able to purchase the house? We are unsure of the next step in the process.
A: If the contract was enforceable against the decedent, then it is enforceable against his estate. You will need a probate attorney to help you work through this. The decedent’s estate will need a probate attorney, too. Things will progress much better and smoother if all parties have legal representation.
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