Russell Arkin's Probate Guide

You may not have expected to be the Personal Representative of an estate and may be wondering how best to carry out your responsibilities.  Often, those responsibilities include realizing the most money for any real estate in the estate.

I found myself in your exact position when I became the Personal Representative of both of my parents’ estates.  I had to figure out a lot in a short amount of time, but I had the advantage of being a lawyer who had built and renovated many homes and had also been a Realtor for 20 years. Even with this experience, I found the probate process confusing and difficult.  I knew there had to be a better way and I was right.

When the court appointed you as Personal Representative of the estate, you took on a serious legal responsibility.  It is important for you to understand your duties and responsibilities. You can find information about and much more by accessing my free Probate Guide. 

We have helped many Personal Representatives fulfill their responsibilities while maximizing the estate’s return when real property is involved. You may have been deluged with calls from investors who want to ‘steal’ your home for pennies on the dollar and sugar coat their offer by telling you that you will not have to pay any Realtor fees.  Don’t believe it.  I ran into this recently with a client who was tempted to sell to an investor. After explaining ALL of the options available, including the investor option, I predicted he could sell the property for $100,000 more than the investor was offering.  In less than a week, that was exactly the result.  Listen to our clients in their own words at

The problem with selling to an investor is that investors need to buy low in order to recoup closing costs, account for renovations, pay a Realtor’s commission, and satisfy interest expenses to make a profit. Put another way, they use your equity to pay the expenses of generating their profit.  No wonder they buy low!

Our job is to take the load off your shoulders and help protect your assets, so you realize the most money for the estate.  We have a team of preferred service providers ready to help you clean out, donate, fix up and get the home ready for sale.

We consider your questions, situation, and your needs. We are all about value-added customer service and making a difference. We would be happy to give you a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to discuss how we can meet your needs quickly and professionally, but with a personal touch.

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