Yes and no. The executor is the court-approved individual tasked with settling the deceased’s estate and authorized to sell a house that is in probate. However, the court may require the executor to notify heirs before putting the house on the market. Some stipulations may be in place that keep the executor from acting on his or her own.
Who else is inheriting the property? You may have siblings or other family members who are also beneficiaries of your parent’s estate. Conversations with these co-inheritors need to happen as soon as possible.
If your parents left a will and spelled out how they wanted their assets and possessions distributed, it will be relatively easy to carry out their wishes. If they did not leave a will or if the will is ambiguous, things will need to be worked out. Sometimes, when beneficiaries cannot agree on the distribution of assets, the court will need to step in.
When there is one inherited home and multiple beneficiaries, several options can be considered.
The courts will step in if beneficiaries cannot agree on what to do with the house. In this scenario, the courts will usually order the house to be sold and the profits distributed among beneficiaries. Court and legal fees will be taken from the house proceeds before distributions are made.