What does it mean when a house is in probate?

Well, if a house is in probate, what that means is that it is one of the assets that was owned by the decedent, the person who passed away upon his or her death. And a probate case was started and the house was listed as one of the assets of the probate estate.

And so what that means is that the court has authority and oversight of the house and generally the executor has to get the court’s approval before the house can be sold.

In other words, the house is part of a court case and the judge ultimately will decide whether the house can be sold or not.

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