Welcome to the Probate Services section of Linda Merino and Victor Zolezzi, The Seniors Real Estate Specialists and Bay Area Probate Realtors

Because Linda and Victor hold our elderly and their families  in high esteem, they are passionate to serve their special needs, understanding the emotional demands of the probate process and  the sale of estate properties . They have repeatedly earned the trust and respect of senior clients, their adult children and families, by working very closely with them, intently listening to their needs and desires, with patience and sensitivity, compassion and respect.

It is hard to deal with selling a family home after spending many years in it; the place where children were raised, , the physical space where  dearest memories reside.

Linda and Victor can help. As CPRES Certified Probate Real Estate Specialists, you can count on them to guide you through the complex process and the special considerations of such a sensitive transition, making the experience less stressful and more successful. They can help you through this entire process, covering everything from A-Z.



Millions of Americans that are dealing with the probate process have either been ill advised on setting up wills and living trusts or they just didnít know better. As a result, heirs of an estate find themselves at the beginning of what can be a long and arduous probate process.

Linda and Victor are partnered with US Probate Services, a national organization dedicated to helping probate estate administrators / executors and heirs settle the estate as smoothly as possible. They have put together directories of probate related professionals that will gladly step in and advise you on various aspects of the probate process.

They also put together a handy timeline you can print out and keep close to your desk to help you navigate the many aspects of settling the estate. In addition you will find plenty of helpful probate guides and a report on the 12 most common probate mistakes that slow down the probate process and how to avoid them.




  • Representation of Clients in the Sale and Aquisition of Probate and other Estate Properties
  • Court Appearances
  • Turnkey Property Estate Liquidation Service
  • Complimentary  Property Evaluation
  • Complimentary Comparative Market Analysis
  • Complimentary Copies of Property Deeds and Title Documents
  • Evaluation and Coordination of Interior and Exterior Home Preparations
  • Local, National and International Internet Marketing and Promotion

With Their Extended Team of Professionals They Provide:

  • De-Clutter and Organization
  • Packing and Shipping
  • Clean Up and Haul Away
  • Contractor's Services: General, Painting, Electrical, Plumbing, etc 
  • Estate Sale Coordination and Liquidation
  • Title and Escrow Officers
  • Loan Specialists
  • Professional Appraisers
  • Professional Property Inspectors: General, Termite, Roof, Foundation
  • Moving and Storage


As CPRES Certified Probate Real Estate Specialists, they specialize in serving the needs of court appointed Personal Representatives / Executors of estates and their heirs who choose to sell real estate as a part of the probate process.

Linda and Victor are here to provide support and help you during the difficult probate process, to distribute property proceeds to all heirs, and settle the estate with final discharge. 






According to NOLO.com, probate is a legal process that takes place after someone dies. It includes:

  • proving in court that a deceased personís will is valid (usually a routine matter)
  • identifying and inventorying the deceased personís property
  • having the property appraised
  • paying debts and taxes, and
  • distributing the remaining property as the will (or state law, if thereís no will) directs.

Typically, probate involves paperwork and court appearances by lawyers. The lawyers and court fees are paid from estate property, which would otherwise go to the people who inherit the deceased personís property.



The probate process normally works like this: After your death, the person you named in your will as executor ó or, if you die without a will, the person appointed by a judge ó files papers in the local probate court. The executor proves the validity of your will and presents the court with lists of your property, your debts, and who is to inherit what youíve left. Then, relatives and creditors are officially notified of your death.

Your executor must find, secure, and manage your assets during the probate process, which commonly takes a few months to a year. Depending on the contents of your will, and on the amount of your debts, the executor may have to decide whether or not to sell your real estate, securities, or other property. For example, if your will makes a number of cash bequests but your estate consists mostly of valuable artwork, your collection might have to be appraised and sold to produce cash. Or, if you have many outstanding debts, your executor might have to sell some of your property to pay them.

In most states, immediate family members may ask the court to release short-term support funds while the probate proceedings lumber on. Then, eventually, the court will grant your executor permission to pay your debts and taxes and divide the rest among the people or organizations named in your will. Finally, your property will be transferred to its new owners.