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6 Legal Issues to Look Out for When Selling Florida Property in Probate or Guardianship

If you are a real estate agent who sells property in probate, you are providing a valuable service to families who are going through a difficult time. Probate can be a complex and overwhelming process, and selling property that is part of an estate adds an additional layer of complexity.

In addition to selling property in probate, real estate agents may also be involved in selling property that is part of a guardianship. When a minor child inherits property or when an adult is deemed legally incapacitated, a guardian may be appointed to manage their affairs, including any property they own. If the property needs to be sold, the guardian will need to obtain court approval and follow the legal requirements for selling property in a guardianship.

As an agent, it’s important to understand the unique challenges of selling property in an estate or guardianship and to be able to guide your clients through the process with empathy and professionalism.
Selling property in Florida in probate or guardianship can be a complex legal process, and it’s important to understand the legal issues that may arise. Here are some key legal issues to keep in mind:

1. Court Approval

Before the property can be sold, court approval is typically required even for the listing agreement to be signed in guardianships. This involves submitting a petition to the court, providing information about the property and sale, and ultimately getting approval from the court.

2. Valuation of the Property

The property must be appraised and valued to determine its fair market value. This is necessary to determine the asking price, and to ensure that the sale price is fair and reasonable.

3. Debts and Claims Against the Estate

Sometimes debts and claims against the property, estate, or guardianship must be satisfied before the property can be sold or out of the proceeds. This may require paying off creditors or settling claims against the property, estate, or guardianship.

4. Proper Documentation

All legal documents related to probate or guardianship must be properly filed and executed. This includes the listing agreement, petition for sale, contract for sale, and deed of conveyance.

5. Competing Interests

In some cases, there may be competing interests in the property, such as multiple heirs or beneficiaries. It’s important to navigate these issues carefully and work with an attorney to ensure that all legal obligations are met.

6. Tax Implications

The sale of the property may have tax implications for the estate or the guardianship. It’s important to work with an attorney or accountant to understand the tax implications and ensure that all tax obligations are met.

Navigating the legal issues related to selling property in probate or guardianship can be complex, but with the help of an experienced attorney and a knowledgeable real estate agent, it can be done successfully. The team at Widerman Malek is equipped to provide comprehensive support for those looking to sell property in probate or guardianship. With a combination of real estate expertise, estate planning knowledge, and tax guidance, we are committed to helping agents and their clients navigate the legal complexities of these situations. Contact attorney Mason Williams or a member of our team with any questions you may have about the process.