Experienced and Caring Probate Assistance
At the Law Office of Jill Hanlon, we understand that the death of a loved one is a difficult time in your life. It can be overwhelming to consider what legal steps you must take before your loved one’s estate can be distributed to heirs. We are sensitive to your needs and are available to provide compassionate guidance throughout the probate or estate administration process.
Jill Hanlon is an experienced probate lawyer who is dedicated to answering your questions and helping you through the process as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Contact us now to arrange an appointment to discuss your legal needs.
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Understanding the Probate Options in Nevada
Probate is a court proceeding required to transfer assets that do not pass directly by operation of law or under the terms of a contract when a person dies. In Nevada, the type of probate proceeding necessary will depend upon the size of the estate. In many situations, the process can be relatively straightforward. At the Law Office of Jill Hanlon, we can help you understand which type of probate proceeding is necessary and help you complete the necessary components of the process.
- Affidavit of entitlement: When there are no real estate interests and the assets held in the probate estate are valued at less than $25,000 (or in the case of a surviving spouse valued at less than $100,000), the individual entitled to the assets – either through a designation in a will or through intestate succession (for when there is no will) – may sign an affidavit of entitlement to transfer the assets. Motor vehicles registered to the decedent are not included in reaching this amount.
- Order to transfer assets: Some assets, such as stocks or out-of-state bank accounts, will require a court order to pass title even though they qualify to pass under an affidavit of entitlement. An order to transfer assets can be obtained by submitting the affidavit of entitlement along with a petition to transfer assets to the probate judge.
- Set aside probate proceeding: When the assets held in the estate are valued at less than $100,000 (once liens and encumbrances are deducted), the assets in the estate can be set aside without formal estate administration. The estate is settled in a single court hearing.
- Summary probate proceeding: When the assets held in the estate are valued at less than $300,000 , the estate can proceed through a summary probate administration. This process is relatively similar to formal administration except there are a few less steps. For example, it is not required to file notification of the initial hearing and petition. Additionally, the process is somewhat shortened as the creditor notification period is shorter. Formal hearings are still necessary throughout the process in a summary probate.
- Full probate proceeding: When the assets held within the estate are valued above $300,000, the estate must proceed through a full administration. However, with the newly adopted Independent Administration of Estates Act, many of the court proceedings previously required in a full administration can now be avoided.
Personal Guidance Through Nevada Estate Administration
When your loved one dies and you are faced with administering his or her estate in Nevada, you can count on our law firm to provide the skilled legal counsel you need throughout the process. With more than 20 years of experience, we have the legal knowledge and skill to handle all aspects of the probate process for you, including:
- Proving the validity of a will
- Appointing a legal representative to act on behalf of the estate
- Locating and inventorying assets
- Notifying beneficiaries and heirs
- Accounting to the court
- Paying debts and taxes
- Distributing assets to beneficiaries and heirs
Discuss Your Needs With an Experienced Probate Attorney
We are here to help your family through the process and make it as stress-free as possible. Please contact us today to discuss your questions with an experienced probate attorney and obtain the legal help you need during this transition. We look forward to hearing from you.