If we are inheriting a house, when the maker of the Will dies can we change the locks right away even though the Will has not gone through probate?

Many people have keys to the house.

Asked on July 21, 2012 under Estate Planning, Massachusetts

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, you can not really do that.  Only the Executor has the right to do anything at all with the property once appointed as the executor of the estate. I would strongly suggest that if you are inheriting the house and its contents that you inventory the assets  - maybe even with the owner? - so that everything is documented.  Good luck.


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