The Vermont Statutes Online
Subchapter 002 : LICENSES TO SELL-PROCEDURE(Cite as: 14 V.S.A. § 1651)
§ 1651. License to sell estate; procedure
When an executor or administrator considers it necessary or beneficial to sell real or personal estate, the Probate Division of the Superior Court may grant license, when it appears necessary or beneficial, under the following regulations:
(1) The executor or administrator shall file a motion setting forth the facts that show the sale is necessary or beneficial.
(2) In cases where the consent of interested persons is required, the executor or administrator shall file their written consents with the court.
(3) In the event that the consent of interested persons is required but cannot be obtained, the court shall schedule a hearing and notice shall be given as provided in the Rules of Probate Procedure.
(4) Before license is granted, the court may require the executor or administrator to give a new bond in an amount and with sureties as the court directs, conditioned that the executor or administrator shall account for the proceeds of the sale.
(5) The executor or administrator shall be sworn before the court or before some other person authorized to administer oaths and a certificate thereof shall be returned to the court before sale under the order granting license.
(6) If the evidence satisfies the court, the court may authorize the executor or administrator to sell that part of the estate deemed necessary or beneficial, either at public or private sale, and furnish the executor or administrator a copy of the license to sell or order of sale.
(7) If the order is to sell the estate at auction, the court shall designate the manner of notice of the time and place of sale, which shall be stated in the copy of the license to sell or order of sale furnished to the executor or administrator.
(8) The copy of the license to sell or order of sale furnished to the executor or administrator shall include findings addressing the requirements of subdivisions (1) through (4) of this section. A certified copy of the license to sell real estate or order of sale shall be recorded in the office where a deed of the real property to be sold is recorded.
(9) If ordered by the court, the executor or administrator shall file a report with the Probate Division of the Superior Court on the action authorized by each license granted under this section within 60 days from the date of the sale of any real or personal property.
(10) If the power to sell all or part of the testator's real or personal estate is expressly conferred by the will, the court shall issue a license to sell to the executor or administrator without requiring notice or hearing with respect to any property subject to the testamentary power, except a dwelling house in which the surviving spouse or an heir, devisee, or legatee is residing.
(11) Notwithstanding any provision of this section, no beneficial license to sell that is inconsistent with the provisions or intent of a will shall be issued. (Amended 1981, No. 75; 1985, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 76; 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 238a, eff. Feb. 1, 2011; 2017, No. 195 (Adj. Sess.), § 9.)