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Can I transfer the deed into my name and pay off the beneficiaries?
Yes, If you get a signed agreement from the other beneficiaries, then you can enter into yet another agreement with the estate (i.e. yourself) where you are purchasing the house from the estate. You take that purchase contract to the bank, get the loan, pay off the estate, and then you disburse the funds to the heirs.
The trick is to get the purchase agreements in place so you can go to the bank and get a loan so everyone gets paid.
You still need the agreement in writing from the other heirs. And to be honest, the judge in the probate case will likely want to see something in writing from you as the purchaser and you as the executor agreeing to sell the property to you personally with the other heirs approval.
That way the judge will know that there is nothing shady going on and everyone is in agreement.
You just won't have to involve a bank in the situation if this is a cash deal..