When can estate assets be distributed?

My stepmom died 1 year ago. Her estate has gone through probate court and is settled except for the sale of her house and property. There is only 2 of us who will split her estate. Can we go ahead and divide the cash?

Asked on March 16, 2014 under Estate Planning, South Carolina


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Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

The only way the assets of your mother's estate can legally be distributed to its heirs is per a court order for distribution. As such, you need to get such an order issued by the court before the proceeds can go to the heirs.

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