Most decedent’s estates are handled by Independent Administration, however, any Interested Person, which can include heirs, beneficiaries are creditors can ask the probate court for Supervised Administration. The major difference is that in Supervised Administration the Personal Representative must seek court approval for the sale of any asset, the payment of all bills and claims.
Also, the court, in addition to the heirs or beneficiaries must approve the Final Account. Since court approval is required for almost everything the representative does, it can be far more costly and require more court appearances by the attorney for the Executor/Administrator. Therefore, an estate is placed in Supervised Administration usually when there is some concern that the Executor/Administrator may be acting improperly.