Unless the house is a specific bequest and there are other estate assets to pay estate bills, you call sell the house for estate expenses. The sale proceeds need to go into the estate account and cannot be used for your personal debts unless you have authority to make a partial distribution.
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I recommend that you consult with a local attorney before selling the property. Some states require that you obtain a court order allowing you to sell the property prior to sale.
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That's your job as PR... sell the stuff, pay the bills, distribute the left-overs...
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Some of my learned colleagues from other jurisdictions have answered this, and you really do need to see a DC lawyer with some experience in probate. DC has a complex probate code and rule that changed significantly in the 1980's and in 1995. It matters when your decedent died. It also matters whether the estate is a supervised probate or an unsupervised probate. Finally, you need to look at your Letters of Administration to see if there are any bond-driven or other restrictions on your powers as a PR to sell property. So, the answer is Yes, but you might need a Verified Petition to Sell and you might need an appraisal, as well as waivers of other IPs. My suggestion is to consult with counsel.
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