Since I’ve been blogging about my efforts to get into Probate Investing I’ve been getting quite a few questions. Many of these questions relate to my probate lead source, what products I’ve used to learn and many other general questions. To help out I’m compiling a list of helpful links. Some of these links will be affiliate links and if you don’t feel comfortable using that link, shoot me an email and I’ll send you a non affiliate link if you are interested. Either way it doesn’t matter to me, I’m just trying to provide some helpful information. I will be adding more resources to this list as I come by them. If anyone has had experiences with these companies/products please leave a comment below as I would love to get other peoples opinions. I don’t want to recommend a bad service/product so If someone’s experience differs from mind I’ll remove the link.
Probate Lead Source
- ProbateRealEstateLeads.com: Provides Probate Leads directly from the county court house as well as buyer leads from all over the country. This is a great source from a reputable Investor.
- ProbatesDaily.com: Florida and North Carolina Probate Leads. These are the guys that Preston Ely uses
- Local Legal Newspapers: In many counties across the nation it is required that the executor publish a Notice to Creditors in the county’s certified Legal publication.
- Surrogates Office: If all else fails, you can pull the probate files from your county’s court house. This would take you probably a full day each month but you’ll know the leads are true and good.
- Ron Mead’s 31 Days to Profit in Probate Investing. This is the course that I used to get started and have blogged about. It’s inexpensive at $60, but breaks down the process to the simple and easy to understand.
Sending Out Mailers
- Click2Mail.com: Quick and easy way to send out postcards, letters and even greeting cards. You can use one of their stock mailers or customize your own. Might take a little bit to figure it out, but when you do you’ll be sending out mailers in 5 minutes or less.
Links to Probate Law in Your Target Market
- Alabama (see Title 43, Chapter 8)
- Alaska- Title 13, Chapter 16
- Arizona- Title 14
- Arkansas (see Title 28)
- Colorado (searchable index – Title 15)
- Connecticut- Title 45
- District of Columbia (see Title 20)
- Florida (see Title XLII)
- Georgia (searchable index – Title 44)
- Hawaii (searchable index – Title 30A)
- Idaho – Title 15
- Illinois- Chapter 755
- Indiana- Title 29
- Iowa (see Title XV, Subtitle 4)
- Kansas (see Chapter 59)
- Kentucky (see Titles XXXIII and XXXIV)
- Louisiana (searchable index)
- Maine- Title 18A
- Maryland (see generally Article: Estates and Trusts)
- Massachusetts (see Chapters 190-206)
- Michigan (see Chapters 700-720)
- Minnesota (see Chapters 524-526)
- Missouri (see Title XXXI, Chapters 472-475)
- Montana (see Title 72, Chapters 1-5, 12)
- Nebraska (see Chapter 30, Sections 2201-2902)
- Nevada (see Title 12)
- New Hampshire- Title 56
- New Jersey (see generally Titles 3A and 3B)
- New Mexico (see Chapter 45)
- New York (see Estates, Powers & Trusts) | Alternate Site (see Chapter 17-B)
- North Carolina (see Chapter 47)
- North Dakota- Title 30.1
- Ohio- Title 21
- Oklahoma (searchable index – Title 60)
- Oregon (see Chapters 111-118)
- Pennsylvania- Title 20
- Rhode Island- Title 33
- South Carolina- Title 62
- South Dakota- Title 30
- Tennessee (see Title 32, Chapter 2)
- Utah- Title 75
- Vermont- Title 14, Chapter 3
- Virginia (see generally Title 64.1)
- Washington- Title 11
- West Virginia (see generally Chapter 44)
- Wisconsin (see Chapters 851-882)
- Wyoming- Title 2
* Pulled from http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/table_probate
i have a question. where do i get funding to purchase probate deals. im retired on a fixed income. Do i need a business plan?
If you are looking to purchase a probate property and rehab it to flip, you may want to see if you can get funding from a private person. There are tons of resources on bigger pockets about Private Money. Another option you may look into is Hard Money lending. They typically lend based off of the deal. Take a look at my most recent article that Jeff Hensel wrote on my blog about hard money…Hard Money Q&A with Jeff Hensel
As for a business plan, It’t one of those things that’s good to have ready if you are looking for a loan. Here is my old business plan if you want to take a look…http://strugglinginvestor.com/business-plan/
Thanks for sharing information about probate sources.
This is great information on probate investing. I believe this is a niche that not many investors have tapped into yet making it a very lucrative source.
I think it will always be that way because the list is usually a lot of work to get. Going to the court house is never fun!
i think a private investor would be better. How do i find them?
Which would be worth the buy, preston ely probate course or ron meads. I have heard great reviews for both. Preston ely couseis 97 dollars now.
I highly recommend Ron Mead’s course. It’s tough for me to say anything about Preston Ely’s course because I haven’t seen it. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. I documented my journey through Ron Mead’s course if you want to look here…My Journey
Hi this rochelle again . I noticed at my probate court house they want a case number or a name to get a probate file. Please help any other ideas?
That is a tough one! I’ve heard this happening before and I’m not sure how they got around it or if they even did. What I might try and do is see how serious they are about this practice. Try bringing the employees some coffee and donuts. Maybe even see if you can purchase a list from them.
I’d ask them questions and see if you can get them on your side. Explain that you are sending letters to these people to offer to help them out. They won’t understand wholesaling, so don’t try and explain that to them.
Maybe someone else can chime in with some ideas.
Check in your local news paper for public community records thats where i find mine
Unfortunately in NJ, the executor is not required to publish the “note to creditors” in the news paper. NJ likes to make things more difficult.
Great information as always!
I have a high quality Probate List can you recommend somebody in your network that can make good use of it?
Send me an email and we can discuss
So you can just walk into the courthouse and request probate leads for free?
They are free in NJ as for other states/counties this might not be the case. They all handle, store and make access differently which is a pain in the but and what makes probate list hard to get.
What would you say on your direct mail pieces?
For probate letters, I like to be respectful of their situation and just let them know that I’m an option if they need to sell a property that is in probate. Try and see if you can answer one or two of the typical questions an executor might have about selling a property out of probate. Don’t be pushy and perhaps let them know that you will send a follow up letter in a couple weeks (a month) if that is okay. Hope that helps.
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