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Kansas city Legacy properties provides expert guidance and convenient selling options to those responsible for inherited property. We buy houses for cash “as-is” and list properties in Kansas and Missouri. We have extensive experience with inheritance property including those in probate, foreclosure and short sales. Because of this, we understand the nuances, the court system and how to co-navigate the process with attorneys. We’ve transformed countless properties for new families to enjoy and we’ve eased the burdens of as many families looking to move on, hassle-free. "I've dealt with enough probate, short sales and the like with over 10 years in practice.

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Kansas city Legacy properties provides expert guidance and convenient selling options to those responsible for inherited property. We buy houses for cash “as-is” and list properties in Kansas and Missouri.

We can help make this tough task far easier for you!

Be advised that no one should ever tell you that being an executor or personal representative can truly be stress-free because decisions will indeed have to be made.

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Do you need to dispose of the property as quickly as possible?

Here's where we really shine. First, we will help you determine specifically what the most critical objective or objectives are regarding the real estate that's involved in the probate.

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Do you need to maximize the selling price to provide the greatest cash benefit to the heirs/stakeholders?

When maximum revenue is the focus, we'll make certain the property is not only listed properly but marketed aggressively and intelligently to assure maximum exposure.

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Properties in other states

Do you live in a different state than the property you are inheriting? This can often be difficult because you are unfamiliar with the property market in another state

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Commercial or Land

Regardless of property type, we can help. Commercial property and land are very different than residential homes.

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Total Communication

One of the most challenging parts of the executor's role is to ensure communication with all of the parties involved. Early on in our work with you we will

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Our Team

Kansas city Legacy properties provides expert guidance and convenient selling options to those responsible for inherited property. We buy houses for cash “as-is” and list properties in Kansas and Missouri.

Eddie Van Buskirk

Owner at Kansas City Legacy Properties

Amanda Hayes

Director

Shirley King

Marketing

Shirley King

Marketing

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WHAT OTHERS SAY

I became a customer of Eddie's after my dad passed away. He made the experience of selling my dad's house, SO much easier! I live 2.5 hours away and he made it feel as though I was there when trying to get everything taken care of. There was never any stress put on me about anything and it was a great experience! I would highly recommend he and his company anytime.

Amy H.-Springfield MO

After our Mom’s passing, Eddie reached out to us about purchasing her home. From our first correspondence he was professional, courteous, respectful, honest and fair. Once we agreed on a price, the process of selling Mom’s home was quick and painless! Working with Eddie made an otherwise difficult process so much easier. If you need to get out of your home, sell estate property etc. I highly recommend Eddie!

Rashonda M-Raytown MO

Eddie came and looked at our parents house after they had passed away and gave us a price that we thought was too low of the neighborhood the house was located in.  We listed it with a realtor that told us what we wanted to hear we listed the house and got no offers dropped the price a couple of times.  The house did not sell so we got a different agent they listed the house for a lower price and we got some offers that were significantly lower than our asking price.  We accepted the offer because we were tired of dealing with it.  After the holding cost we accrued, the work we did to the property , and paying the realtor we probably made as much as we would have selling with the original offer. 

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PROBATE FAQ

When a person dies, their last will and testament (assuming they prepared on in advance) is handled and their wishes for the distribution of their personal property implemented through a process called probate. Probate simply means the procedure by which their last written directives are legally certified as the final statement of their wishes regarding their worldly possessions (including any property or properties they may have owned). It also confirms the appointment of a person or entity the deceased person selected to administer their estate. The term probate is also frequently used to refer to the entire process of "probating" an estate. In this usage, it refers to the entire process that gathers all available assets, pays any outstanding debts, taxes, administrative expenses and then finally makes the specified distribution of remaining assets to those persons or entities designated by the will. The personal representative (also known as the executor or executrix) who is named in the will is legally in charge of this process and is responsible for handling the orderly method for administration of the estate as set forth by the probate laws and procedures of their state. The executor is typically held accountable for their actions and decisions by the heirs and other beneficiaries and in some cases may be formally supervised by a probate court. If a will does not exist or a personal representative is not designated in the will, the court will appoint one (assuming there is personal property to distribute).
While the process can vary from state to state and is often subject to outside factors that can certainly change it, the list below represents a VERY simplified step-by-step description of the process:
  • An original (signed and executed) copy of the will is delivered to the local probate court or whatever court supervises probates in that locale.
  • A notice of the Petition for Probate is published in a local newspaper. This is usually a requirement prior to the formal appointment and/or certification of the personal representative (executor / executrix) who was named in the will, assuming a will exists (legally referred to as "testate"), or the court-appointed administrator if there is no will (referred to as "intestate").
  • After the certification or appointment of the personal representative has been made official, they then file their formal petition with the court to probate the estate.
  • Following that step and generally for a legally specified period of time (four months is typical) from the date of the public notification of the petition for probate, creditors against the estate are allowed to file their claims. This includes any previously unpaid debts, other liens or judgments, debts resulting from medical care, funeral expenses, outstanding taxes, and other encumbrances.
  • During this same period, the personal representative will be working to identify, gather and secure the assets of the estate in such a manner as to be able to ultimately distribute them in accordance with the will or court directives. To accomplish this, the personal representative will also need to locate and access all bank and other types of security accounts; determine any of the remaining debts owed by the decedent that require settlement; determine any real property(s) owned by the decedent and secure the titles to these and any other assets that will ultimately need to be disposed of.
  • It's also the responsibility of the personal representative to maintain these assets safely, properly and in good condition during their period of stewardship as well as collecting any income (rents, residuals, interest payments, etc.) that are due to the Estate. To do so, the representative must be aware of and maintain proper insurance coverage; protecting the assets from theft or damage, etc.
  • The personal representative may also (if permitted or desired) liquidate some of the hard assets such as cars, real estate, etc. This is often done to provide the cash required to compensate creditors.
  • When the formal claims period has expired and all assets have been collected; property that needed to be sold has been sold; and assuming no problems have arisen such as a contesting of the will by any of the heirs or other contested claims against the estate, the personal representative will usually file their final petition with the probate court to allow a complete distribution of all remaining assets to the heirs and beneficiaries. This final petition includes a detailed accounting to the court explaining all of the expenses incurred, funds and assets received and disbursed, how any assets were invested or otherwise used, and the proposed final plan for final asset distribution.
  • Assuming the court approves this petition, the personal representative then distributes the assets as instructed in the will and detailed by the approved petition, and/or as required by law or the courts if there was no will.
The duration of the probate process is subject to lots of different variables, but a general rule of thumb is approximately six months. However, you should be aware that it can and frequently does takes far longer. Some of the matters that can delay the completion of the process (among others) can include:
  • Problems in locating the heirs and beneficiarie
  • A contest of the will (disputing the validity of the document) by the heirs or beneficiaries
  • Claims or liens against the estate that remain unsettled
  • Real estate or other property that cannot be sold for some reaso
  • Failure to properly notify one or more creditors during the claim period
  • Dissatisfaction regarding the actions of the personal representative by the heirs or beneficiaries
The complexity of the task and this myriad of possible delaying factors make it all the more imperative that a well-organized and meticulous personal representative be selected who can effectively manage the process and reduce the chances of complications and delays.
There are many reasons for probate, but some of the most important are:
  • Transferring the legal title / ownership of the decedent's property and assets to the heirs and/or beneficiaries. generally, if there is no property to transfer, there is usually no need for probate.
  • The collection of any taxes due to various taxing authorities that may be owed by the decedent or his/her estate at the time of death or taxes that become due when a property is transferred.
  • As stated above, probate also provides a legally mandated deadline for creditors to file claims against the estate. This prevents old or unpaid creditors from future claims against the heirs or beneficiaries.
  • If the deceased owned real estate in his own name, no one could properly accept title to that property nor would a bank give a mortgage to a new buyer mortgage unless the estate went through probate and a "clear title" could be given the new buyer.
  • Generally, no one would enter into any other transactions involving the deceased's property until the will has been filed for probate and someone has been legally appointed to act for the estate.
  • Finally, it provides a legal method for the actual physical distribution of the remainder of the estate's property to the heirs and beneficiaries.
The cost of probate may be set by state law or by practice and custom in your community. When all the costs are added up - and the costs may include appraisal costs, executor's fees, court costs, costs for a type of insurance policy known as a "surety bond", plus legal and accounting fees, probate can easily cost from 3% to 7% of the total estate value, and more. If there is a "Will contest" all bets are off.
Possibly. In some states, there are processes often referred to as "simplified procedures" that are used for estates whose value is below certain financial thresholds. The limits can be as small as a few thousand dollars or as much as a hundred thousand dollars. It depends on the court of jurisdiction. This is certainly a matter to consult with an attorney about, but if there is real estate involved or there are debts against the estate, regardless of the size of the estate, the full probate process may be required or advisable.
Typically, the person named as the deceased's Personal Representative (a more formal term is "Executor" or "Executrix") goes to an attorney experienced in probate matters, who then prepares a "Petition" for the court and takes it, along with the Will, and files it with the probate court.
The appropriate court in the State and County where the deceased permanently resided at the time of his or her death is usually the court where the probate is processed. A court that handles issues such as these can often be referred to my several different names. For example, in the state of New York, the court that handles probate is called the Surrogate's Court, while, in the state of California, it is called Superior Court, Probate Division. However, it's most common for it to be referred to simply as "probate court".
While there is usually no legal requirement to use a probate lawyer, probate is a rather formalistic procedure. One minor omission, one failure to send Great Aunt Maggie a copy of the petition, or a missed deadline, can cause everything to come to a grinding halt or expose everyone to liability. The death of a family member or friend sometimes tends to bring out the very worst in some people. Experience shows that even in close families there is a tendency to get overly emotional about relatively trivial matters at the time of a loved one's death, such as who gets the iron frying pan and who gets the kettle. Such minor matters or any delays or inconveniences can be upsetting, pose issues of fairness, and create unfounded suspicion among family members. Thus, it generally is a very good idea to "let a lawyer do it".

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