My sister and I were left mother’s home/contents. Sister additionallly was left car. House has already been transferred into our names. Sister came and took car without my knowledge and put into her name and she lives in Georgia. Probate court wants final accounting of estate but all bills aren’t paid and can only be paid if house sells. We had an agreement on a purchase price sister then said she thinks the value was wrong. I got an appraisal through my credit union while applying for loan. Sister doesn’t agree with appraisal either. Now she refuses to talk about what she wants or is going to do and estate attorney says probate court will find ya in contempt. Do I have options on what to do? Sister and myself are both co-executors but she lives in Georgia. Home is in Ohio where I live.
If your mother had a will that was prepared by an attorney, presumably the will gave the Executor authority to sell real estate. If you are the Executor of your mother's estate, then you have authority to sell the house, even if your sister doesn't agree. As Executor, you control the situation. If you are unsure about how to proceed, you should check with the attorney helping you with this estate. If you do not have a probate attorney, you should get one, in case your sister creates problems for you later on. You want to make sure that everything is done correctly --- all your t's crossed and i's dotted.
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