Selling a house in probate in Massachusetts


I understand there is a year for creditors to submit claims to the estate. Does this mean the heirs have to wait a full year to sell the house? Thank you!


Yes, you may sell the house during probate.  In order to pass a clean title to the buyers, a formal probate proceeding is required.  Unless the will has specifically waived the requirement, the personal representative will need to petition for a license to sell from the probate court.   You will still need to wait until the creditor period is over before distributing the proceeds.

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