Q: Can a sole executor of a will (also a beneficiary) sell real property without the other beneficiaries approval ?
Both parties have equal share of real property stated in will.
A: The executor has the right and obligation to administer the estate which generally means selling the real property as soon as reasonable possible and appropriate. The executor must do what’s right for the estate and maximize the inheritance no matter who is the beneficiary.
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A: The court appointed executor is tasked with the duty to administer the estate, which generally includes selling off assets such as real property in order to make distributions to the named beneficiaries. Provided the executor is fulfilling his/her fiduciary duties, there is no requirement for the executor to consult with beneficiaries when making these decisions although many will do so.
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