Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES)

Nobody likes losing a loved one. The loss of a family member is a hard thing to experience in any circumstance, but dealing with the legal hassles of wills and estates makes the grieving process even worse. A Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES) designated agent has special training to deal with this very situation, and can help alleviate some of the difficulty of this unpleasant time.

How Does an Agent Become a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist?

US Probate Services manages the CPRES real estate designation. US Probate Services is an organization dedicated to providing consumer resources for conservatorship and estate settlement. If you are dealing with any conservatorship and estate settlement issues, US Probate Services is a great resource for background information.

CPRES real estate agents have completed an educational program focused on wills, estate settlements, conservatorship, and the legal and financial implications of wills and trusts. These are top agents with a specialty in the entire probate process as it relates to real estate.

What are the Benefits of Hiring a CPRES?

When you lose a family member, the last thing you want to worry about is talking to lawyers about estate settlements. We want the execution of wills and to go smoothly, and complex probates can be both time consuming and expensive.

The last thing a family in mourning wants to do is deal with the probate court system, so having the right people on your team to help you manage the estate settlement process is key to alleviating stress and worry.

A CPRES Realtor has both education and experience dealing with estate settlement, and they can take the burden of dealing with legal and property issues surrounding inheritance and trusts. Whether you plan to keep an inherited home or sell it to share the proceeds, a CPRES designated agent can help you with the title transfer or selling the property for the best possible price.

Some of the benefits of working with a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist include:

  • Courtesy and professionalism in your time of need
  • Support and expertise with your property and the probate process
  • Assistance liquidating properties owned by a trust
  • Knowledge of estate settlements
  • Trustworthy guidance in a difficult time

A well-qualified agent can make all the difference in your experience, so when it comes time to pick your next agent, be sure to pick one who is professional, responsive, and qualified to help with your unique needs.

How to Find a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist?

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11 thoughts on “Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES)

  1. CPRES. TRAINING for the state of texas. Can not find a course or certification recognized by even NAR. Can you help.

    • Try looking at your local Realtor office’s class schedules or third-party educators specializing in real estate classes. They often offer these classes. They may not be offered regularly, but they at least offer them annually or upon demand.

      I found one that’s scheduled for July 10, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at MTI Education – see

  2. I don’t understand how you can practice law or represent someone in court unless you are an attorney. Is the CPRES designed for attorneys, not just agents?

    • In these cases the agent is not practicing law or representing anyone in court. The designation means that the agent is an expert in this area of real estate. It may be possible with a CPRES to get by without an attorney, but certainly not in all cases.

      • The “Certification” is made up and holds no real value. It is not recognize by NAR and is simply a designation that Realtors pay money for. The logo they use is simply the owners family crest. I have worked for this company and they are a fraud ripping agents off. In fact the majority of “agents” in their list of certified agents are fake and were added in to make their company look larger and more respected than it is.

        • Hi Moureen,
          Thank you for posting this. Interesting. Our local realtor board had someone come out from MTI and of course they wanted to sell listing program which was $500. Are you saying that this certification is not necessary to be able to work probate? Is there any advantage to it at all? I can see how to do probate just by watching YouTube videos I’ve seen so far. Going to the courthouse we want to work for. So I’m guessing getting that designation means absolutely nothing correct? If not does not recognize it then can you really put it on your business card? Do attorneys and executors want someone who is a certified Who made specialist or do they even care about that designation? I appreciate your help and I hope you reply. If you are on Facebook look me up and send me a private message.

          • Denise:
            The only thing you need to sell real estate is a real estate license and if you want to list it on MLS, a membership to a local NAR board. Certifications only have value if the training to earn it provides useful info, or if the certification is well known and respected. Unfortunately most of the public has no idea what these certifications are or what they do, and the agents only know the popular ones. So, unless you learn something really valuable that could make a difference in how you perform, they’re probably only good for bragging rights around the Realtor water cooler.

            Just because NAR doesn’t recognize it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have value, just like not being listed in the BBB doesn’t make you an unethical business. They probably didn’t want to pay NAR to be recognized. Either way, you can put it on your business card if the cert allows it. If you can’t promote having it then what’s the point of having it.

        • Moureen:
          Thank you for the information. We’ll look into the info you gave us further and if it checks out we may produce an article about our findings. May we contact you?

  3. An agent who works a probate property, CPRES or not, isn’t practicing law but rather has the specialized training and education to know and understand the procedures and the timelines involved in a probate situation. By this he/she is better qualified to serve the estate.

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