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Making Probate Easier: The Benefits of Working with a Professional Probate Real Estate Agent

Updated: Apr 30

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Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with the thought of settling an estate through probate?

Rest easy – there are plenty of steps you can take to make it easier on yourself.

One such step is to enlist the help of a skilled and experienced real estate agent who understands the ins and outs of probate proceedings, making them an invaluable resource throughout this process.

Not only will they be able to guide you through your required responsibilities, but they can also help ensure that your situation is managed efficiently, professionally, and confidently to get maximum value from any real property involved in the estate.

Read on for more information about how working with a professional North Carolina real estate agent could benefit you during probate!

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What Is Probate?

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Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone dies. The purpose of probate is to ensure that the decedent's (the person who died) estate is properly distributed. In most cases, probate is handled by a court-appointed representative.

In North Carolina, you would file for probate with the Clerk of Superior Court in the county where the deceased resided. You can find a list of the different Clerk of Court offices in North Carolina Here: Where to file probate in North Carolina.

If there is a will the probate judge will validate the will and give legal authority to the person named in the will to oversee the estate.

If there is no will, the court will appoint an administrator over the estate and gives him the legal authority to oversee the probate estate.

The process of probate can be complex and time-consuming. The court will review the deceased person's estate and determine which assets should be distributed to heirs or beneficiaries.

In some cases, the court may order the sale of assets to pay off debts and expenses. To find out how estate sales are performed read: 7 Reasons to Hire an Estate Sales Company.

If you are named as the executor (also called a personal representative) of a deceased person's estate, it is important to understand the probate process and your responsibilities.

You may need to hire a lawyer to help you with the legal proceedings. The North Carolina probate laws must be carried out correctly or it could delay the process.

What Are the Benefits of Working With a Professional Real Estate Agent During Probate?

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When a loved one dies, their estate goes through probate. During this time, the personal property and any real estate of the deceased are managed and distributed according to their will.

If there is no will then the North Carolina rules of intestacy (dying without a will) will be followed. To learn more about North Carolina Intestacy laws read: North Carolina Intestacy law: Who Inherits Property When There is No Will?

If you're not familiar with the process, it can be confusing and overwhelming. That's where a professional real estate agent comes in.

Working with a real estate agent who specializes in probate can save you a lot of time and hassle. They'll know how to navigate the process and can help you get the most out of your loved one's estate. Here are some of the benefits of working with a professional real estate agent:

1. They Know The Process Inside Out.

A professional real estate agent who specializes in probate will know all the ins and outs of the process.

If it is something that is out of their scope of practice they will be able to put you in touch with an experienced probate attorney to help you.

A certified probate real estate agent will be able to help you every step of the way, from navigating the court system to dealing with creditors.

2. They have experience dealing with estates.

Real estate agents who specialize in probate have years of experience or work with a team of experienced agents who has years of experience dealing with estates.

They know how to handle sensitive situations and how to get the best results for their clients.

3. They have strong relationships with banks and other creditors.

Real estate agents who specialize in probate often have strong relationships with banks and other creditors involved in the process. This can be invaluable when it comes time to negotiate settlements or pay off debts.

4. They can help you avoid common mistakes.

Probate can be tricky, and making even a small mistake can cost you time and money. A real estate agent who specializes in probate will help you avoid these mistakes, so you can focus on grieving over the loss of your loved one or getting back to life.

5. They're there for support.

Probate can be a difficult time, both emotionally and financially. A real estate agent who specializes in probate will be there for support, offering guidance and advice when you need it most.

What can a real estate agent do for you during probate?

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A real estate agent can help you during probate by ensuring that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

They can help you to understand the process, and they can also help to coordinate with the other parties involved in the probate process.

In addition, a real estate agent can help you to market and sell the property during probate.

How can a real estate agent help you get the most value from any real property involved in the estate?

A real estate agent can help you get the most value from any real property involved in the estate by helping to market and sell the property.

The agent will work with you to create a listing that showcases the property's best features and attracts potential buyers.

The agent will also guide the selling process, from negotiating offers to closing the sale.

By working with a real estate agent, you can maximize the value of any real property involved in your estate.

During Probate Who Else You Will Need to Work With?

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If you have not already spoken with a probate attorney your realtor will be able to put you in touch with an experienced probate attorney who can answer all of your legal questions.

In North Carolina, it is not required that you work with a probate attorney but for complex estates, it is highly advised that you do so. If you feel you want to try filing probate without an attorney read the article: How to file probate in North Carolina without a lawyer.

Other than working with real estate agents and a probate attorney your may also need to work with:

  1. Accountants

  2. Estate Planners

  3. Contractors

  4. Appraisers

  5. Inspectors

  6. Lawn Services

  7. Home Stagers

North Carolina Probate Solutions can help you find the best professionals to help you.

How can you ensure that your experience with probate is as smooth and stress-free as possible?

When it comes time to administer a loved one's estate, the last thing you want to worry about is a complex and lengthy probate process.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience. Here are a few tips:

1. Educate yourself on the probate process.

The more you know about the probate process, the less anxiety you'll feel. Make sure to read up on the specific rules and regulations in your state, and talk to an attorney if you have any questions.

2. Organize and gather all of the necessary documentation.

Probate can be time-consuming, so it's important to have all of the relevant documents ready to go. This includes copies of the deceased's will, death certificate, an inventory list of all of the deceased person's assets and financial records. You can find North Carolina probate forms here.

3. Choose the right executor.

The executor is responsible for overseeing the probate process and ensuring that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Make sure you choose someone organized and capable of handling stress.

4. Delegate tasks wisely.

To avoid getting overwhelmed, delegate tasks wisely among family members and friends. This will help keep everyone organized and on track.

5. Stay positive.

The probate process can be difficult, but it's important to stay positive and focus on what's important - honoring your loved one's memory.

With careful planning and organization, you can make the experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.

The Right Certified Probate Real Estate Agent Can Help You.

If you find yourself in the position of having to go through probate, know that you are not alone. Many individuals have gone through probate and come out on the other side successfully.

While this court supervised legal process may be a stressful process, working with a professional real estate agent can help make the experience much smoother.

Real estate agents are experienced in handling all aspects of buying or selling property, and they can offer valuable advice and guidance throughout the process.

If you want to get the most value from any real property involved in an estate, be sure to work with a qualified real estate agent who can help you every step of the way.

How Can North Carolina Probate Solutions help me?

We understand that probate can be both challenging and tiresome.

To help lighten the load for you we will help you complete the required documents required by the courts to start the probate proceedings.

We will assist you in creating the required inventory list and remaining organized throughout the process.

When going through probate there is a timeline to be followed, but no worries - we will walk you through the probate timeline so you can be assured you are completing and turning in everything on time.

We will also help you with the sale of the property by placing the estate property on the market and getting it sold for the highest price possible.

Probate is not a one man show.

You will need help from others. We will also put you in contact with other professionals to help you with legal matters, appraisals, inspections, or any other services needed.

We work closely with personal representatives to help relieve some of the stress and to get them confidently through the probate process.

To help you on your Probate Journey Here are a few terms you should Know:

Real estate Agents - A real estate agent is someone who helps people buy or sell houses.

Probate Court - The probate court is a court that helps people settle the estate of a person who has died.

Probate Attorney -A probate attorney is a lawyer who helps people settle the estate of a deceased person.

Estate - Probate estate is a legal term for the property that a person owns at the time of their death.

Probate Judge - A probate judge is a judge who oversees the probate process.

Probate Assets - Probate assets are items that a person owns that have to go through the probate process after they die.

Final Accounting - This is the last step in the probate process. An accounting of all money and property involved in the estate is prepared and filed with the court.

Executor - The executor is the person who is responsible for carrying out the instructions in a will.

Administrator - If there is no will or the decedent did not name an executor the court will assign an administrator. The probate administrator is the person who manages the estate of someone who has died.

Personal Representative - A probate personal representative is someone who helps to settle a person's estate after they die. This includes distributing their belongings and money according to their will if they had one.

Distributing Assets - Giving people what they are owed

probate law - Probate law is the legal process of handling someone's estate after they die.

Contact Us

If you have questions concerning the probate process or have a probate property that needs to be sold quickly please feel free to give us a call.

Denise Harper Davis Certified Probate Real Estate Agent

Denise Harper Davis

Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist

Licensed Realtor


* NOTE: North Carolina Probate Solutions and the author of this article is not a licensed attorney or CPA. This post should not be considered legal or tax advice. Always consult an estate attorney or tax professional when needing legal answers, guidance or advice.

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