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My House is Going into Probate. What Now?

Jennifer Lovett

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3 min read

Have you ever had a house go into probate? Whether it is your primary residence or a house that you’ve inherited, dealing with a probate house can be complicated and emotionally draining. Here are a few of the steps that you should follow if your house goes into probate. 

Get Legal Help in Probate Court

First, seek legal help and advice by going to probate court. You’ll need to file a petition in probate court to have the probate process opened and investigated. Remember, when a house goes into probate, it means that you don’t legally have ownership of the house, since the necessary legal paperwork wasn’t filled out by the previous owner. So, if you want to regain ownership of your house that is in probate, you’ll need to work with the lawyers in probate court to go through those legal processes. This can take months, or even years to complete.

Maintain the Home

In the meantime, make sure that you’re maintaining and taking care of the home in probate. This is especially important if there isn’t anyone living in or near the probate home. If the home looks abandoned and vacated, robbers will be more likely to break in and steal possessions in the home. So, make sure that you’re visiting the home periodically to clean and maintain it. You might even want to keep paying for some of the utilities and put the lights on a timer so the house looks lived-in. Maintaining the home can also help to maintain its value.

Sell it Instead

If you don’t have the time, money, or energy to go through the legal probate processes, consider selling your probate house instead. Selling the house could free you of the complicated situation and give you money that you could use to benefit your family. However, there are only a few types of buyers that will purchase a house in probate, due to its complex legal situation. A cash buyer is will purchase your house in probate as-is without requiring you to repair anything. Some cash buyers, like cash home buying companies, won’t even need you to empty the home. You’ll just easily sell the home and get paid fully in cash.

So, if you’ve just discovered that you have a house in probate on your hands, remember these tips. Make sure to get legal help in probate court while maintaining the home. If you choose to sell the house instead, sell to a cash buyer for an easy and stress-free selling process that will get you a great cash payment.

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