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Executors should focus on getting the best price for real estate

Serving as an executor is a stressful job that has very few perks. One of the few benefits that an executor or administrator enjoys is the ability to control how and when the estate sells and disperses various assets. When it comes to major assets, such as real estate, you need to take great care in how you handle the sales process.

While you may know people who have an interest in the property, they need to make a fair market offer for any intended purchase. You have a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries of the estate to maximize the profit that you make when liquidating assets. Choosing to sell estate property at prices below market-rate could result in legal and financial complications for you in the future.

3 examples of successful slip-and-fall accident cases

Even though property owners are supposed to keep their premises as safe as possible for visitors, not all of them do this. In fact, slip-and-fall incidents are common occurrences on many properties in Pennsylvania for this reason. Fortunately, those who are seriously hurt as a result of a property owner's negligence can pursue financial recoveries in court -- just as the injured parties did in the following real slip-and-fall accident case examples:

(1) Blinded man awarded $4 million after falling on sidewalk

Reasons for Social Security Disability benefit denials

It can be a devastating and heartbreaking experience to receive a notice that the government denied your claim for much-needed Social Security Disability benefits. However, this is a common experience for many disabled Americans.

If you've been denied benefits, it's important to determine exactly why, then get organized to appeal the decision and try to satisfy any deficiencies related to your claim.

How to claim insurance benefits after a serious injury

Imagine you were injured in a car accident, and you want your or the at-fault party's insurance company to cover for the damages. You'll need to file a claim as soon as possible. Filing this claim is essential if you are seeking compensation. It's also essential that you file the claim correctly.

To do this, you will first need to determine whether you're filing a first-party or a third-party insurance claim.

How do you establish fault in a slip-and-fall accident case?

If you've been seriously hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, you know that these incidents are serious and potentially life-threatening events. You also know that -- if your slip-and-fall happened because of a property owner's negligence -- it's important for property owners to keep their premises clean and free of potential dangers. It's also the law.

Nevertheless, slip-and-fall accidents can be challenging for some plaintiffs to win due to the way plaintiffs have to prove their cases. If you are injured and suffering because of one of these events, you will probably want to know more about what's involved in recuperating your damages.

Can I put paintings and other personal possessions in my will?

Imagine you grew up staring at dad's "Dogs Playing Poker" painting in the den, and eventually the painting became yours. Now, your kids have grown up looking at the very same painting and all of them love it.

Even though your "Dogs Playing Poker" painting isn't worth much from a monetary perspective, it's worth a great deal in sentimental value. In fact, it's worth so much to your kids that they could end up fighting over it in court after you're gone. As such, you'll want to decide who will get the painting now, indicate it in your will and tell your kids about the decision.

How pedestrians can be safe on Halloween night

 

Halloween is a delight for kids of all ages. For little ones, the excitement of donning a costume and walking through the neighborhood to get candy is an experience like no other.  For adults, transforming themselves and going to a costume party is probably as much fun as a grown-up can have all year.

Buying property from an estate sale? Ask these questions first

When someone inherits a home or another piece of real estate, they sometimes won’t want to keep the property. Instead, they may look to sell the property through an estate sale.

For homebuyers, an estate sale may provide a buying opportunity. Be warned, however, that the process of buying real estate from an estate sale is different than your typical home purchase.

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