Seattle, WA asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Washington

Q: Can the administrator of an estate be held accountable for selling a home 20%-30% under its county assessed value.

There is more stuff unaccounted for than there is accounted for. Vehicles missing, $60-$80k in jewelry, they never did anything with her personal property, just sold the house and then instead of doing an inventory as soon as appointed they waited until the very end to track down 3 of her 5 vehicles that the one brother had and had been driving for the last 2 years. When I hired the attorney to represent me that was one of my main concerns seeing people driving her personal vehicles all over. They've drained the $45k that was in her checking account and $35k-$40k from the $375k the house and property sold for. Market value was $505k. The estate has diminished by at least half under this administrator. They didn't market the house, they sold it privately for cash to a buyer that lives 7 miles from the Admin.

1 Lawyer Answer

A: Any heir of the decedent has the right to contest the sale in the probate court where the estate is pending. But it may be too late now if the sale has already been approved.

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