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Sister died leaving property to her mom. Before sister's probate was completed Mom died. Can Mom's executor deed the property to himself if Mom's will gives all her property to her son?


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Generally, Mom's estate must be probated in order to pass title to the real estate. As soon as her will is allowed and the executor is appointed the title to the real estate passes to her son if that was set forth in her will. The executor can't convey the real estate contrary to the provision set forth in the will. As long as the will was probated the son owns the property. If the executor "deeded" the property to himself and he is not the son then that deed is null and void. You should seek the advice of an attorney.