Individuals who ended up with an inherited home often can’t or don’t want to keep it. It could be their parent’s home where both parents are now deceased. One option is to put the house on the market but the question is, "can you sell an inherited house before probate?"
If a will exists chances are a family member who is close to the deceased is aware of this important document. It may be that a particular person is named as the executor in the will. The executor has the duty and obligation to see that the last wishes as outlined in the will are fully carried out. If property is involved in the estate, such as a house, this most likely will have to go through a probate process.
Individuals who have inherited a house may not realize that it has to go through a probate process. They may attempt to put the house on the market for sale. If they use a Realtor to attend to this, an experienced agent will know that the house must go through the "selling a house before probate" process. This is in order for a sale to be legal.
The probate laws are in place to ensure that the wishes of the will are carried out as intended. This is the main reason why selling a house before probate is not allowed in many states.
Luckily, in Texas there are some controlled exceptions to this. There is an alternative to go through the standard probate procedure. This is using a process called "Muniment of Title". This is applicable when a will was left but there were no debts secured by real property. This alternative process is done by validating the will in a local county court. Once this court has approved the validation, property titles can be transferred to the beneficiaries.
There is also an alternative that should be looked at in Texas (Disclaimer: check with a local attorney to see if this is applicable to Texas). This is for those who are looking at selling a house before probate. This is called Affidavit of Heirship. This can be utilized if the property in the estate only amounted to real property, i.e., a house or houses.
With this process the property titles are transferred to the heirs. It involves two individuals who have nothing to gain from the estate sign the affidavit. Once this is done this document must then be filed with the deed record department in the local county where the house is located.