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Top Probate Attorneys Give Pointers on How You Can Help Them Help Others

One of the key people who will increase the value provided by your services is a probate attorney. There are primarily two reasons for this: First, the probate process is very complex and the average layperson has problems negotiating the various legal twists and turns that are involved in even the simplest case. Second, probate is required in most cases. As such, many issues can arise; people can contest the will, etc. So that you have a hand up on helping facilitate the legal process of probate for your client, we’ve gathered together some advice from top probate attorneys.
Make self available to clients and to the probate attorney: Probate cases can rapidly evolve as wills are contested, etc. Nothing is static. For this reason, your client may need to reach out to you often. Make yourself available to your client so that the probate attorney can have information he or she may need to adjust his strategies.
Know probate process in and out: Only by understanding the ins and outs of probate can you be of assistance to your client and/or the probate attorney. Professionals who are not so equipped can lose money, clients and cost the attorney time. You can increase your knowledge and indeed become an expert through training on our site. At the same time you can grow your real estate seller leads in a cost effective and efficient manner.
Be empathetic with client: Ultimately, it is all about making a sale. However, you must not forget what the client has just gone through. They have suffered the loss of a loved one and are experiencing a difficult and confusing time. You can help the probate attorney by acknowledging this and by letting clients know you understand their current situation.probate lawyer
Be ready to form network of associates: There are others involved in the probate that will help your client and indeed help your business. These people include bankers, lenders and of course, the probate attorney. Be someone who is an expert on team building and knows that it often takes a group effort to accomplish a goal. Probate attorneys can help you. You can help them. And both of you can help clients and their relatives in a time of loss.
There you have it. These are some ways you can help probate attorneys help others and at the same time grow your client base. You can also help yourself by enrolling in our program. Leads don’t just grow trees. Put the time and effort into your business that will accelerate it to the next level and increase your value for clients, attorneys and anyone else who uses your services.

Probate Case Study – Sue Dickinson – All The Leads Reviews

I love capturing All The Leads reviews from our Subscribers!  I was recently at the EXIT Realty Annual Convention in Washington D.C. where I was able to catch up with one of our newer Subscribers to capture her success story now that she has been using our Probate Leads System for 2 months.

As you will see, Sue has a very empathetic approach toward helping these families and even though she gets less than 50 leads per month she has successfully closed 3 listings and has another coming online soon.

 

 

In this broad-ranging and fast-paced conversation, we cover:

  • How Sue went from “skeptical of paid leads” to a raving fan of our Probate Leads system
  • Why mindset is important to success when working the Probate niche
  • How her team got 3 closings and 1 listing in queue in 2 months with less than 50 probate leads per month
  • How the All The Leads system, tools and accountability helped them get this off the ground
  • How getting the right mindset on her team has been the biggest challenge
  • How the biggest challenge is having lots of new probate leads to market to
  • Her advice to someone just getting started as a Probate Expert
  • How long she sees this lasting in her business
  • Why Probate clients are THE best clients we could ever have
  • How she has only reached some of her potential because she hasn’t started marketing to Probate Attorneys yet

 

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The Biggest Fear We Hear from Rookie Probate Agents

A great man once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Fear can be immobilizing. It can keep us from achieving our goals and pursuing our dreams because we fear we will fail. Well, such paralysis in the real estate business can mean not only the loss of confidence but it can also mean the loss of money, time and other resources as well – not just yours but that of your client’s too. Thus, the biggest fear we hear from rookie probate agents is that they will not know enough to navigate a very complex system that is full of pit falls both for the agent and his/her clients. After all, the probate process affects lives in a very personal and profound way that goes beyond monetary considerations. People who are in the probate process are dealing with the loss of a loved one or ones. They are dealing with surviving relatives and they are dealing with a justice system that seeks to make things even for everyone but sometimes fails at it. So, you must, in the midst of all things, be sure you are doing things right and following all the steps necessary to help your client, improve your bottom-line and grow your business. (No extra pressure here at all.)

How Your Fear can be Conqueredprobate

As we said, the fear and apprehension that rookie real estate agents face is not an unnamed, non-specific fear. It all rests on how much you think you know and can bring to the table when you sit with your clients. The world of probate is populated by a great many professionals from the probate attorney, to judges, to other real estate agents all of whom know what they are doing. Listing leads are one thing; how to follow up on them is another thing. The best way to conquer your fear is by educating yourself and by using resources that are available to you. Just as your clients rely on you to inform them and make their lives easier, we do the same with our Probate Leads Marketing Program. Our education and leads program can help you conquer your fear by arming you with actionable intelligence on generating leads and becoming skilled in the probate process. This is what we know the end result of our services can do.

Probate Quicksand – Knowing When Your Clients Need a Hand

For first time executors, the weight of the duties surrounding the probate process can be overwhelming. Still assets must be secured, forms prepared and family members dealt with in a way that wraps up the loose ends that are usually left when a loved one passes away. Even when a person has gone through and is used to the process, probate can be…unpleasant, inconvenient, and expensive. Pick your adjective. That is why most experts recommend avoiding probate court if possible. And it is here, in the midst of such overpowering circumstances, that the value of your services can, as a real estate professional, increase tenfold. You can essentially be a life line that pulls your clients back to shore.

Signs your Client is in over his/her Head

As you know, the main duties of an executor are to identify, inventory, secure, and manage assets of the decedent. Yet, within that scope of duties problems can arise that can take first time executors by surprise and can make things difficult for him/her to manage. These problems include the time it can take for the process to play itself out and the fact that it can tie up probate property for months, sometimes more than a year. Another difficulty that trustees can encounter is when one or more of the beneficiaries object to the way that a trustee handles the estate. This can lead to legal action which can increase what can already be an expensive process for your client. For example, even though the probate court approves of fees that are considered “reasonable,” a probate attorney’s fees can amount to 20k for a home valued at 400K. For most people this is a prohibitive amount to pay. If your client has considered handling the probate proceedings without an attorney (“pro se”), then he/she may need your help as the probate process is too complicated a process for most people to go it alone.

Your Services to the Rescueprobate

Naturally, you can see how these problems would be burdensome to your client. If your client has communicated any of these concerns to you then this is a clear sign that he/she may be in over his/her head. Even if your client hasn’t expressed concern over these issues, you should be expert enough in the probate process to anticipate that your client may need you at some point. Our Probate Listing System and training resources can help give you valuable information that can help you extricate your client from the quicksand of the probate process and can help you gain real estate seller leads. This course is comprehensive and complete giving you such valuable information such as how to build your probate team and how to make a difference as a real estate professional. Do yourself and your client a favor by increasing your knowledge through us as many professionals have.

3 Secrets to Help Your Clients Avoid Probate

The probate process can sometimes be slow and costly. It can also leave information the client might just as well keep private vulnerable to scammers and even burglars. For these reasons, many of your clients will wish to avoid this process. As a real-estate expert you can add value to your clients and make things easier for yourself by letting them know how this process can be avoided when possible. Here are three secrets your client can use to avoid probate.

    • Write a living trust: Many people believe that simply having a last will and testament will prevent their loved ones from going through probate. This is not necessarily so. The truth is that all the assets that you own and will pass on to your beneficiaries are subject to probate. A revocable living trust circumvents the probate process which can leave your beneficiaries waiting indefinitely for the income from the probate property. A revocable living trust is a document whereby you can create a living trust as a separate entity from yourself. The trustee can easily transfer the property it holds to the family and friends it was left to without probate.

 

  • Joint Ownership of Property: By taking joint ownership of a property your client can avoid probate after the first owner dies. Be sure your client has stated on his/her deed how they want the title to be held. This way the property goes to the joint owner when the primary owner(s) dies, avoiding probate completely. Your client can avoid probate using the following kinds of joint ownership: Joint tenancy with right of survivorship, tenancy by the entirety and community property with right of survivorship.

 

  • Pay-on-Death Accounts and Registrations: Suggest that your clients designate a beneficiary or beneficiaries on their bank accounts, insurance policies, pension plans, 401K plans, IRA accounts, stocks and bonds. This is actually quite easy and these financial instruments often include language that allows you to do so when you open them. Your client is then able to ensure that his/her assets are immediately dispersed without having to go through probate first. Again, this can save him/her much time and expense.living trust

This list is by no means complete but it is a good start to avoiding the tedium of probate. Even though probate can generate listing leads, your client can begin to do things to avoid the process starting today if they so desire.   

Top 5 Responsibilities of Executors and How You can Provide Value as an Expert

One of the best ways to guarantee your success as a real estate professional is to learn how other experts can add value to your own services. In other words, you should strive to learn how experts among the other fields you encounter can help you to get more listing leads, perhaps through real estate lead generation websites, increase sales and become better at what you do. An executor is one professional whose responsibilities you should know so that you can provide them with greater value as an expert.

What is an Executor?

An executor is someone who is named in a will or appointed by a court that has the legal responsibility to take care of the deceased person’s remaining financial obligations including the disposition of his/her property and other assets. This is a position that is fraught with responsibilities which become even more complicated when there are no direct inheritors.

The Top 5 Responsibilities of an Executor

  • An executor decides whether or not to sell real estate: The disposition of land and property and is among the fundamental and most important responsibilities entrusted to an executor. At times it can be a straightforward process and at other times it can be quite complicated depending on the nature of the will. An executor should know to prepare a house if he/she is going to put it up for sale.
  • An executor gets the property in the estate ready to sell: This of course is directly related to real estate experts. Getting the property ready to sell could entail removing old, word or broken furniture, replacing light fixtures, fixing the roof, etc. Here a realtor is often consulted in order to help determine an effective sales strategy.
  • An executor handles issue related to probate proceedings: This will directly impact you as a real estate expert as well for reasons explained in the previous post concerning how to acquire more listings by becoming a probate expert.
  • An executor handles debt and tax issues: The executor makes sure that the deceased person’s debts are settled and that their taxes are filed. There is a federal estate tax and smaller state taxes that may be due.
  • An executor figures out who inherits property: If the deceased person left a will this duty can be carried out quite easily. If the deceased person did not leave a will the administrator will have to consult state law to see who the decease person’s heirs are and relate them to the “intestate succession” statutes.

How You Add Value and an Expert

There are a lot of moving parts to being an executor. For this reason, executors often engage with and require the help of other experts such as attorneys, CPAs and of course real estate agents. All The Leads offers a system to help you become the HUB of the probate process so you can differentiate yourself against any other professionals and be the first to engage in the conversation.  You may be a real estate agent or investor but first and foremost you are a Probate Expert (the HUB) and then a real estate agent or investor (one of the spokes).  The diagram below will help you understand the HUB concept and what other professionals you can add to your team so you can help the Administrator no matter what their challenges may be. executor

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How I Got More Real Estate Listings by Becoming a Probate Expert

It is a well established fact that it takes luck, education and no small amount of creativity to be a lucrative real estate professional in today’s market. What I mean by that is that you must sometimes be willing to seek and acquire properties in “non-conventional ways.” Specifically, I’m referring to using probate listings as a way to scoop up good real estate deals. This is what I have done in order to increase my real estate listings. Allow me to explain how this works.

Probate Property: An Untapped Real Estate Resource

What is probate property? Probate property is property that was owned by someone who is now deceased. That property must eventually be transferred to someone. When the owner of house dies it is usually under two circumstances: (1) There is no will or heir, (2) It is handed down to the heirs of the deceased. The probate process is the legal mechanism set up to determine what happens to the property. In the first instance where there is no heir, the property often sells below its market value. This makes it more lucrative than other kinds of properties. In the case where a home is inherited by survivors, the opportunity to buy low still exists. Often, survivors wish to sell the property quickly to avoid taxes, insurance, maintenance costs, etc.

How I Increased my Listings

 

According to some estimates, 2.5 million Americans in the 25 to 75 year old age group who die each year. This means that there are approximately 50,000 probate homes available per state. I learned these general statistics and developed several strategies for growing my real estate listings via probate property. One can easily keep track of probate court filings in the area in which one is interested. I learned to do so by newspaper notices and through county records as well. This gave me information about available properties as well as the area’s median home price, etc. real estate

 

In short, after using the traditional methods of lead generation over and over, I eventually realized that I could grow my listings by learning all there is to know about the probate marketing process. In fact, I learned that these methods are overlooked by other professionals who are either unaware of or simply don’t know how use them.