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HANDLING PROBATE ISSUES IS NEVER EASY

Whether you are a newly appointed executor or administrator or an attorney who has been retained by the estate or appointed by the court, it’s an absolute certainty there will be difficult moments ahead.
 

First, there are usually the obvious emotional aspects of the situation. Often, the person chosen as the Personal Representative (executor or administrator) to deal with the deceased person’s probate issues is also someone who is still grieving over the loss of that loved one or friend. Then, that same person is faced with the added challenge of having to make many decisions in areas in which they have no previous experience.
 

These decisions must also be made with the added pressure of knowing that whatever the results of these decisions, they will likely be closely scrutinized and second-guessed by family and/or friends. Couple this with the legitimate concern that everything must be handled properly and legally as well as all the horror stories about probates that have gone badly and the pressure and stress really begins to multiply.
 

Even if there is no real estate in the matters to be addressed, this is a big undertaking. When real estate is involved, the burden is compounded.
 

In the past several years, based on personal and professional experiences, we have developed a keen awareness of the challenges associated with dealing with the personal property and home or other real estate left behind by a loved one.

 

OUR MISSION

Is to assist you in completing the sale and disposition process with honesty and integrity at a level unmatched by any other Auctioneer, Appraiser, Firearms Dealer, or Realtor®. Since every situation is unique, our first task is to actively listen to your needs, wishes, concerns, and goals. From start to finish, honesty and integrity will be the guiding principles for every engagement.
 

"My auction settlement arrived Tuesday and to say I am very pleased is an understatement. Not only did I watch the amount of work that went in to preparing, but the clockwork and efficiency on auction day was nothing short of outstanding. Not only yourselves but the crew that works with you was phenomenal. You took a daunting situation off my shoulders and made it something positive. I sincerely thank you for all you did and want you to be aware that I felt as though you treated us more as friend than client, and that matters most. All the best to you and whenever someone needs your expertise, Legacy Auction will be the name I pass on."
- F.R., Stroudsburg, PA
 
When you've come to the decision, we can help you with your probate property, no matter the contents or real estate challenge that is before you.

 
 
WE ABSOLUTELY CAN MAKE THIS TOUGH TASK FAR LESS STRESSFUL

Be aware that no one should ever tell you that being an executor or administrator can be stress-free because decisions will indeed have to be made. As an experienced Appraiser and licensed Auctioneer, Firearms dealer, and REALTOR®, our team will make sure that you are always well-informed in regard to these decisions.
 

If you haven’t yet secured the services of a competent probate attorney, we can help you choose one whose good work we know and who we are comfortable recommending. We will also help you with some of the difficult conversations you may need to have with family members and other heirs. Of course, you’ll still have to make some choices, but having us as an adviser by your side makes the task significantly less lonely.

 

 
ONE POINT OF CONTACT FOR NECESSARY SERVICES
Indeed, there are many tasks facing you at this troublesome time. We provide specialized services and can easily fulfill your requirement for a single point of contact and completion for:
 
  • Appraising personal property and delivering an IRS-ready report
  • Auctioning personal belongings, including firearms, to the highest qualified bidders, using advanced sales and marketing methods
  • Guidance for a clean-out crew who can make short work of big messes
  • Direction for housekeeping and lawn care pros who can ready the home for photographs and presentation to potential buyers
  • When necessary, coordination with our cash buyers who may purchase and close quickly on the home in its "AS-IS" condition
  • Help to line up contractors who may be needed to fix deferred maintenance issues that will pay back more than their cost in the final selling price
  • Coordination with a qualified attorney for guidance or title company that excels at cleaning up title problems, if any
  • Agreeing on the optimal listing price based on your objectives for a traditional list-and-sell transaction, or
  • Providing our award-winning real estate auction marketing to receive the biggest-possible settlement check for the estate on the date you choose
 
WE’RE READY TO HELP YOU IMMEDIATELY

Please contact us without any obligation today by providing some basic information by call or by email for a frank evaluation of your circumstances. We can help you in a compassionate, friendly, and professional manner. Please call us at 570-656-3299 to speak with Rich or 610-780-0045 to speak with Susan, or click any blue button.
 

Please let us know the address of the property you are overseeing. One of the first things we’ll do is determine an approximate market value of the home based on recent comparable sales and current market conditions. This will help you in the planning of your next critical steps in this process.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware that initial consulting with us DOES NOT place you under any obligation whatsoever. We know we must first earn your trust to deserve your business.
 

 
OUR ESTATE PROBATE SERVICE AREAS
Our Auctioneers, Realtors, Appraisers, and Gun dealers serve the good people of northeast Pennsylvania throughout Monroe County, Northampton County, Lehigh County, Carbon County, Luzerne County, Lackawanna County, Wayne County, and Pike County, and residents near Allentown, Bethlehem, Northampton, Easton, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre,  Exeter, South Abington Township, Jim Thorpe, Milford, Honesdale, Stroudsburg and throughout the entire Poconos areas. How may we help you?
 
 
ATTORNEY INFORMATION

Typically the attorney of record has one of two roles. He/she is either appointed by the court or selected by the family or PR. If you’ve been court-appointed, then your role is usually focused strictly on the legal issues regarding any transactions and dispersal of assets. However, if you are retained by the family or PR, your role usually extends to include a more advisory capacity as well. In either case, we will at all times keep you well-informed about any aspect of the process in which we are involved – especially when it comes to auctioning or fielding offers on the real estate.
 

In some cases, the family or PR will want ALL aspects of the probate to be handled completely by the attorney. In these cases, we’ll work with you as “the client” regarding the real and personal property, just as we would with the PR.

If you are an attorney who has experience working with probate issues, I’d certainly like to get to know you better. Because of my focus here, I frequently need to make referrals to attorneys and other specialists to provide assistance to our clients in many areas. If you would like to be considered for referrals, please send us a message and we’ll contact you promptly to discuss how we may work together in our clients' best interests.
 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware that engaging us with a quick message DOES NOT place you under any obligation whatsoever. We know we must first earn your trust to deserve your business, too.
 

 

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