December 21

My Probate Connection to Motown

I’ve always loved music of all kinds. My musical tastes are a little eclectic. Growing up I listened to everything from Stone Temple Pilots, to the Eagles, to Dr. Dre, to the Temptations.

Motown holds a special place in my heart so when we had the opportunity to attend the musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations” that follows their journey from the streets of Detroit all the way to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I snatched tickets up for the whole Vargas clan right quick.

Motown launched the Temptation’s career. And your beloved Probate Fox has a real connection to Motown.

The founder of Motown Records is Berry Gordy. His sister’s right-hand person needed help with an estate.

The estate was a complete mess. The deceased had a very successful career with Motown Records and had a very healthy and prosperous income.

The problem was that she had left no will and certainly had not created a living trust.

In my working this case and trying to do everything I could to help the heirs, I discovered that multiple rental properties were left behind with tenants that had paid rent but the checks from the past couple of years had never been cashed.

Then there were the high-value stocks and bonds that were just scattered around the house. It looked like random papers strewn about the house but those pieces of paper were worth tens of thousands of dollars.

On top of that, incredible Motown memorabilia, including work by the Temptations, was piled throughout the entire property.

The sad reality is that the deceased had fallen into a deep depression. And this valuable mess was the result.

And when there’s blood in the water, you can bet your bottom dollar that the sharks are closing in. And that’s exactly what happened. Unethical people were trying to take advantage of the circumstances. The heirs, who should have inherited a fortune, were on the verge of having everything stolen from them for pennies on the dollar.

Being a probate real estate professional means we help people who have inherited an estate get closure by solving the wide array of problems they experience while navigating the probate process. It ends up being a financial win-win for both them and us.

But it’s almost always so much more than that. In this business, we become mediators, counselors, therapists, and even prayer warriors at times.

This business goes beyond helping people cash in on their inherited property after their loved ones have passed away. We build relationships, friendships, and partnerships.

People work their entire lives sweating, suffering, bleeding, and working so their progeny can someday enjoy the fruits of their labor after they pass.

There’s something special about being able to rest your head at the end of the day knowing you’ve helped make that dream a reality for that family. You’ve made the world a better place.

To your success,
Ernie “Motown Probate” Vargas | The Probate Fox


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