How do I go about petitioning court in the state of Virginia to become an “authorized representative”??

Question by GOT2BREAL: How do I go about petitioning court in the state of Virginia to become an “authorized representative”??
My mother passed away about 6 months ago. She left no will. We can’t seem to come to agreement about her home she left behind. There are 6 siblings. Four have agreed to sell the home. The other 2 have not. How do I go about petitioning court to put home up for sale. Also, my four siblings want me to be the person who wil handle everything. Do I need to ask to be the authorized representative?

Should I take notarized statements to court stating it is ok for me to represent those that are willing to sign. I can’t afford a lawyer and appreciate your response. The other two will not be in agreement, but cannot afford to buy home or buy us out.

Thanks for your reply, Again, I live in Virginia.

Best answer:

Answer by Spock (rhp)
please accept my condolences on the death of your mother. I am well aware that six months later is emotionally far too soon to be handling the sale of her house.

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the Probate or similar court in the county where she lived in Virgina is the place. If you are a Virginia resident, I believe that you may petition the court to be appointed Executor [or whatever Virginia calls this person].

Since there is no Will, state law will control how her assets must be divided. That law [google will find it, the key words are “intestate” together with “Virginia law”] very probably requires that the assets be equally divided among the surviving children [assuming her husband is already deceased].

Since this can not be done without selling the house, the Executor will have the power to sell the house no matter what some portion of the heirs wish [unless all of the heirs were in agreement] in order to divide the proceeds.

Unfortunately, since the heirs are apparently not in agreement, you can look forward to a great deal of squabbling, name calling, hurt feelings, and egotistical behavior — all directed at the Executor who is doing what the law requires but this particular individual believes should be done differently anyway.

GL

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