In Wisconsin, the personal representative is the person empowered by the court to facilitate a probate. He or she is either nominated in a will or steps forward if the decedent died without a will. In order for s/he to gather assets, pay bills, and distribute the balance, s/he needs the ability to function as though s/he owned the decedent's property. And one function is to demolish or erect structures.
Seem odd? Not really. Imagine a home that was owned by a widow. Upon her death the PR decides to list it on the market. But, the bathroom is from 1963. An update is needed to make it more attractive to sell. In a real case I am handling, a garage straddles two pieces of property. One is to be sold, the other inherited directly. And I was able to tell the PR -- you can demolish that garage under power number 13.
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