I'm sorry for your loss. You will need to pay your mother's bills out of her probate estate prior to distributing the house to the heirs. Before doing anything, please consult with an experienced probate lawyer in Illinois to provide you with your options and otherwise guide you in the estate administration. Good luck to you.
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Of course you could buy out the other individuals interest in the house if you have the money coming from other assets in the estate. If you are not paying rent then the others might not be too happy.
There are other possible considerations. Some work in your favor and some do not. You should consult with a local probate attorney to get the wisest advice for your situation.
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You don't mention an important fact- are you the fiduciary? It's up to the fiduciary whether to sell the house, and the fiduciary can't put his or her convenience ahead of obligations to the estate.
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My condolences to you and your family for your loss. As Attorney Brophy points out, in a Probate there is a 'fiduciary'. In Illinois that would be an Executor of a Will, or an Administrator if there is no will. Whether that person is you, or someone else, that is the place to start. Liquidation of any asset, or passing the asset along 'in kind' without selling it are all possibilities. And, the timing can be a part of the discussion. The Executor or Administrator should engage an attorney. If she/he has, then contact that attorney. If you are in disagreement with that Attorney, then you will need to contact a separate attorney. Good Luck
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