The personal representative of a Florida estate can sell real property during probate administration. However, as highlighted in the article below, there are some times when the Florida probate statute requires the estate's executor to get a court order before a property in probate administration can be sold.
According to the state's probate statute, a Florida personal representative needs such a court order to pass title to real estate in two situations: (a) when the estate is intestate (i.e. there is no will), or (b) when the will fails to give the personal representative the express and specific power to sell the real estate. Of course, such a deed is not valid to convey a homestead in Florida unless the will directs the personal representative to sell the homestead and distribute the assets, which actually causes the homestead to lose its exempt-status.
For court approval of the sale of non-homestead property in Florida during probate administration, some judges insist upon an appraisal of the value, others do not. All judges require unpaid creditors and other interested persons in the estate be given notice of the petition for approval before the order is signed.
At Statewide Probate, our estate lawyers fully understand Florida probate statutes and how they apply to real property in probate administration. To help you determine if our estate law firm can best serve your probate administration needs, we off a free 20-minute consultation. Join the many satisfied estate clients that we serve throughout Florida and contact our Pensacola-based law firm to schedule a free consultation.