I hope my fellow realtors have adequately answered your question and that by now you are well on your way to transfering ownership of your parents house to you and your brother. I am a new active Trulia realtor and thought I'd check in to see how you are doing. It is best to use a lawyer to do this even though you say your don't have much money to spend on one. If you have been able to do this on your own, that is wonderful. If not, I have names of some good lawyers who could help you.
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I am sorry for your loss. I found this online:
Determine the type of required deed. You must file an executor's deed if your deceased parent filed a will appointing an executor of his estate. You will need to file an administrator's deed if your parent died without filing a will or appointing an executor.
Develop the deed. You can find a sample of both of these deeds online at the document-sharing website, DocStoc.com. There is no cost to access these deeds. It may also be possible to access a state-specific draft of a deed from your state legal code. Some states place the state code online in searchable format. The draft of the deed will include a section for listing the property description. Double-check this description to ensure accuracy. once completed the deed will have to be filed at teh county clerks office. There is a filing fee.
Read more: How to Transfer a Deed From Deceased Parents | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5879576_transfer-deed-deceased-paren
you will need the death certificates, the existing deed and your parents original will for the transfer.
Good luck. If you are thinking of selling your parents home, I can do a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA), which will give you an idea of the value of the home.
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