Do I have to have the court’s permission to sell my grandmother’s house in an estate?

It depends. Typically, once an individual is appointed personal representative, he or she has complete authority to sell real estate in a decedent’s estate. However, there are certain counties, for example, Wayne County, in which the probate court requires court approval for any sale of real property. You must be aware that if you have an estate in one of these counties, you will have to file a petition for approval of the sale of real property before you sell a house or other real property.