Selling an Estate as a Power of Attorney in PA

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As a Power of Attorney (POA) in Pennsylvania, selling an estate can be a complex and daunting task. As the authorized agent of the property owner, you must act in their best interests and make sure that you follow all the legal requirements of the state. Here are some things that you should consider when selling an estate as a POA in PA:


1. Obtain the necessary documents: As the POA, you will need to obtain the original Power of Attorney document and a certified copy of the property deed. You may also need to provide proof of your identity and legal authority to act on behalf of the property owner.

2. Hire a qualified real estate agent: To ensure that the estate is sold for the best possible price, you should consider hiring a qualified real estate agent. Look for someone who has experience selling properties similar to the estate you are handling and who is familiar with the local real estate market.

3. Determine the property value: Before listing the estate for sale, you will need to determine its value. You can use online tools, such as Zillow or Redfin, or hire an appraiser to determine the property's fair market value.

4. Prepare the property for sale: To attract potential buyers, you will need to prepare the property for sale. This may include making repairs, cleaning the property, and staging the interior.

5. Market the property: Once the property is ready for sale, your real estate agent will list it on the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and market it through various channels, such as online listings, social media, and open houses.

6. Negotiate offers: When offers start coming in, your real estate agent will help you negotiate the best possible deal for the estate. As the POA, you will need to make the final decision on accepting or rejecting offers.

7. Complete the sale: Once you have accepted an offer, you will need to work with the buyer and their agent to complete the sale. This may involve obtaining a title search, completing any necessary inspections, and signing closing documents.


As the POA, it is important to remember that you have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the property owner. This means that you must always act with honesty, integrity, and transparency and make sure that all transactions are in compliance with Pennsylvania law.

Selling an estate as a POA in Pennsylvania can be a complex process, but with the right preparation and guidance, it can be done successfully. If you have any questions or concerns, it is always best to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in estate law. If you need any recommendations, please call, text or email me anytime.