Can a House be Sold in Probate?

Can a House be Sold in Probate?

The simple answer to this question is yes, a San Diego house can be sold while in probate. Real estate is typically the largest asset within the estate and experience shows that most San Diego Executors and Administrators choose to sell the house during the probate period.

Executor vs Administrator of an Estate

Executor vs Administrator of an Estate

When the decedent leaves a will, an “Executor” is responsible to carry out the directions and requests set forth in that will. Conversely, when a decedent dies “intestate” (i.e., the person passed away without leaving a will), the San Diego Probate Court appoints an “Administrator” to manage the decedent’s estate.

Probate Steps

Probate Steps

San Diego probate is the court procedure that changes the legal ownership of the decedent’s property. The purpose of probate is to make sure that, in the presence of a will, the decedent’s wishes are carried out, including appointment of the decedent’s Executor. In the case that the decedent passed away intestate (without a will), the San Diego probate court would typically appoint a family member to act as Administrator.