Presuming the house is in your mother's name alone, you are correct. All of the proceeds (except for an amount to cover PA Inheritance Tax that the closing agent will likely want to hold in escrow until receipt of the Notice of Appraisement from PA Dept. of Revenue) will be payable to your mother's estate. It will go into the estate bank account and creditors, administrative expenses and the like, as well as possibly PA Inheritance Tax (depending upon how the tax clause reads) will be paid from there with anything remaining being distributed to the beneficiaries.
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Yes, if the house had been in her name alone, prior to sale. The seller is the estate, and the proceeds go to the estate. Creditors and taxes are paid before distributions per the will or intestate succession.
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