A will contest can result in a significant delay in the distribution of a loved one's assets.
Las Vegas Probate and Estate Administration Lawyer
Our Las Vegas law firm serves families and beneficiaries in probate and estate administration matters in the Clark County probate court. The experienced probate attorneys at Cassady Law Offices, P.C. represent clients in the routine execution of wills and trusts. When no enforceable estate planning documents exist, we administer estates in accordance with Nevada state probate law.
To discuss your legal needs in a free initial consultation, contact our Las Vegas probate attorneys. We also handle will contests, trust disputes, and other estate litigation matters.
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Probate and Estate Administration - An Overview
Estate administration refers to the process of probating the estate of a decedent, which generally includes collecting, inventorying and appraising assets; paying and collecting debts; filing and paying estate taxes; and distributing any remaining assets to beneficiaries. An attorney experienced in probate and estate administration can help simplify this complicated process. If you need help in the administration of an estate, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation with a probate attorney.
The Probate Process
Probate is the court process used to determine the validity of a will and oversee the payment of creditors and distribution of estate assets. Even if there is no valid will at the time of death, the estate will still go through the probate procedure. Since probate is regulated by state laws, there are specific procedures prescribed by each state for carrying out the process.
Role of the Executor
An executor is the person named by the creator of the will (the testator) to carry out the terms and provisions of the will. In addition to locating important documents and notifying Social Security, pension providers, annuity providers and other entities of the death, the executor has numerous other legal responsibilities.
Assets disposed of outside the probate process are part of the non-probate estate. Because a probate proceeding is not required, these assets are distributed more quickly to the appropriate beneficiaries. Many people seek out these assets and ownership models to save their loved ones from the difficulties associated with going through probate.
The fact that a person leaves a will does not guarantee that her or his property will be distributed according to the will's terms. A court generally must provide an opportunity to allow others to object to the will, and a legal challenge, called a will contest, may be brought by anyone with an interest in the will who believes it is invalid.
Probate and Estate Administration Resource Links
Uniform Probate Code Locator
SmartMoney® Estate Planning
AARP® Estate Planning Page
Estate Tax Calculator