If 4 people were left a house in a friend’s Will, do all 4 have to sign the purchase agreement?

Also, the attorney handling the estate says he doesn’t need to transfer the home into the 4 people’s names prior to sale, that he can just transfer it to the new buyers? If that is true, who signs for the deceased who would technically still own the home then?

Asked on August 20, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Michigan


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.    The Executor of the Will can sign the document to transfer the deed.  It is done via Executor's deed at closing. If your intent is to sell the house then it would save two transfers and any filing fees. One the transfer is done by executor's deed the buyers will legally own the home.  Good luck.

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