Q: I want to buy land of someone who is deceased through a probate lawyer.
The executrix had the house demolished and is selling the property through a probate lawyer. What do I need to do to start the process, what documentation is involved, is this handled through the court? I made a verbal offer which was accepted but that’s all so far.
A: You need to make an offer in writing. The estate will accept the offer in writing. It is a good idea to retain an attorney to assist you with the closing on the property. It is a good idea to get title insurance.
A: in most counties in Pennsylvania the "offer" to purchase is made with an Agreement of Sale. if there is no realtor involved you can hire your own attorney to prepare an Agreement of Sale and present it to the Estate attorney. You may want to have a title search started before you make the offer to see if there are any liens, unpaid taxes, etc that will have to be dealt with. The Estate Attorney will most likely then file a petition to have the sale approved, and then you can proceed with the purchase.
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