Commonly Asked Questions About Probate in Palm Beach County
Can you help me sell my loved one’s real estate?
Absolutely! That’s what we do best. We help you decide the most important aspects of the sale and assist you in navigating the real estate world to sell the property with the greatest profit.
How quickly do I need to sell or dispose of the property?
That’s completely up to you, however, if you’re looking for a list of qualified investors who offer cash for properties, we can help. If your loved one left behind medical bills or other debt, it’s often necessary to quickly liquidate the property. We’ll connect you with investors, so you can secure the funds you need to handle your loved one’s estate.
I want to sell the property for the highest price, can you help me do that?
Yes! If getting the most for your property is more important than selling it quickly, we can help there too. We will aggressively market it and ensure you maximize your profits. We’ll even help you decide what repairs (if any) are needed to secure the best price possible. We have the experience, market intelligence, and marketing skills to help you do this.
I’m an attorney, can I use your services?
Yes! We specialize in working with attorneys in securing legal real estate offers for the individuals or state they represent. We can carefully field offers to guarantee a smooth transaction from start to finish.
In the eyes of the law, who is legally responsible for handling probate?
If a will has been written, then the person referred to as an executor or Personal Representative will be responsible. Without a will, a court-appointed “administrator” will be in charge.
What does the executor or personal representative have to do when tasked with probate management?
A personal representative is required to identify probate assets, gather and inventory them, receive payments and income, establish a checking account for the estate, determine who will get what according to the will or the state’s “intestate succession laws,” appraise assets, give legal notice to creditors, confirm claims, pay funeral and last expenses, manage paperwork, file and pay taxes, distribute property in alignment with the deceased’s will, and finally close the probate process.
If someone files a contest against the will, then you can expect to stick out the process for a very long time. Requesting a contested will can be done by a child, parent, or even spouse who feels that the assets should be distributed differently than how they are in the will. If this happens, follow the directions of your state probate office for handling them.
Does all my loved one’s property have to go through probate?
No. However, to legally change titles between individuals the state may require it. In some cases, property assets can exchange ownership without probate, but that’s not always the case. For spouses, this process is much easier thanks to the “joint tenancy with rights of survivorship” provision. Life insurance, IRAs, 401(k)s and other such accounts can usually be tendered without probate. If there is a “living trust” that maintains the property’s title usually passes the assets to heirs and beneficiaries without probate.
Highly specialized, experienced, and skilled, we are ready to help you or your clients achieve peace of mind with the probate process. We are ready to begin working with you today, so contact us and let’s get started handling your real estate probate.