I met and spoke to a gentleman today. He said his wife's family was stressed about getting their father's home sold. He thought it would be really difficult to sell the house since the father recently died and there were 11 children scattered all around the country.
I told him it would be easier than he thought. I told him if all 11 sign a separate agreement allowing his wife to be appointed the Independent Administrator, then she could handle EVERYTHING related to the sale of the home. The other 10 children would not have to sign off on paperwork to sell the family home.
Sure, the Independent Administrator will have to split the estate funds among the heirs, but she will be able to list, negotiate, and close the sale on her own without having to get any express permission or writings from any of the other heirs.
This is one of the most misunderstood rules relating to the sale of real estate in a Louisiana Succession. An Independent Administrator or Executor is not required to consult with any of the heirs when selling estate assets - even real estate. Sure, as a matter of common courtesy and in the interest of keeping the lines of communication open, an executor or administrator will communicate his or her actions to the heirs, but it is not required by the provisions of Louisiana Succession law.