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Estate Sale Coin AppraisalEstate sales can be tricky, and no matter how much research one has conducted on it, there may be red tape that can hinder your estate case should you try to take it on yourself. Estate sale professionals have the expertise and knowledge to work around roadblocks and hurdles in the estate sale process to help you achieve your goals.

You don’t need an attorney to draw up your own simple wills, trusts or powers of attorney, however, you do need an attorney to help legally empower these rights and documents. An attorney will ensure the correct language is used and the appropriate people are empowered to administer your estate.

Choosing the Right Estate Experts

Finding the right estate expert to handle estate sales or auctions takes time and diligence. In your search, it’s important to note that there aren’t licensing requirements for estate sale professionals compared to other industries. An estate sale professional who has undergone certification processes are likely more trustworthy than professionals who tout great services but don’t have the certifications or licenses to back it up.

You also need an estate expert who specializes, or is trained in, multiple areas of estate sales, such as rewriting wills and knowing how Medicaid can affect your estate plan. However, with extensive knowledge and expertise comes higher fees that customers must pay. Finding a qualified estate attorney on a budget can be difficult, but you can still find a smart lawyer. Consider finding a smart, albeit less experienced attorney to help you. Extensive experience doesn’t always make a great lawyer, but a new, intuitive attorney may have the drive and passion you need to handle your estate sales matters. Do your best to have an experienced attorney on reserve to consult throughout the course of your estate sales case; they can help spot potential errors and offer comprehensive solutions that an inexperienced attorney can’t.

You can narrow down candidates by:

  • Researching the lawyer’s biographical information on their website.
  • Contact your state bar association or visit the bar association’s website to see if a lawyer maintains good standing.
  • Check membership directories of local, state or national associations to see if a lawyer is listed with them.
  • Examine how the lawyer’s staff treats you when you call the office or come in to the office for a consultation. How they treat you is a reflection of the lawyer and their practices. You should be treated professionally and courteously at the bare minimum by staff and the lawyer; your case matters and your lawyer and their staff should treat it as such.
  • Use online review sites like Yelp to leverage user comments and reviews on different law offices. Keep in mind that dissatisfied customers are more likely to leave negative reviews than those who’ve had positive experiences.

After narrowing down your candidates, take a closer look at what they offer.

  • Examine promotional materials and crosscheck them with other references and sources.
  • Read and make sure you understand the lawyer’s retainer agreement.
  • Ask your lawyer who they will be delegating work to and ask to be introduced to them.
  • Personally speak to former clients or colleagues about their experiences with your lawyer.

Keep in mind that lawyers are busy people, and just because a lawyer didn’t have time to speak with you doesn’t mean you should cross them off your list. It may be a good sign, as busy lawyers mean a steady stream of clients eager to have them specifically handle their estate cases.

Trust your instincts and use common sense when making your final decision and choose the lawyer that feels right to you.

Trust Your Estate Sale Case to Bellevue Rare Coins

Your estate sale case deserves care and attention. At Bellevue Rare Coins, our estate sales experts can handle your case with the care and expertise you need to accomplish your goals. We have the grace and empathy to guide you through what is often a difficult or unexpected situation.

Contact Bellevue Rare Coins today to schedule a consultation with our estate sales experts.

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