Posted by William Bronchick on February 18, 2002 at 08:45:12:
The agent is correct; an estate cannot sign a lease, since the estate is a temporary thing. The IRS wants a tax return filed and the whole thing wrapped up in 9 months. Another way to prove it is copies of bank statements of the deceased showing the payments, and/or canceled checks.
As for the LLC/Land trust, this is another issue discussed at length on this board (see archives).