I am getting conflicting information, my lawyer says the house proceeds cannot be used to pay expenses of administrative needs of the estate, but the Will says that expenses of administrative are to be paid out of the estate (along with expenses of last illness, taxes, and some other things).
Nobody else I've talked with has heard that house proceeds cannot be used to pay estate expenses.
I always thought once the house is sold, the check gets put into the estate bank account, and from there I pay bills (including the lawyer bills which are considerable).
The lawyer says only MERP gets any house proceeds. I think that is contradicting what the Will says, and what my parents intended.
What have other people done, I am thinking I need to find a different lawyer at this point.
How else would expenses of estate administration get paid, if not from proceeds of house sale? Everything else had beneficiaries designated. And the real estate agent gets paid from the house proceeds so why not the lawyer and a few other bills.