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What a personal representative is responsible for

Nevada residents who are named as the personal representative of an estate have an important duty to carry out. Their responsibilities include collecting assets, paying bills and filing income and estate tax returns if necessary. They are also tasked with distributing money or other assets that remain in the estate to beneficiaries. Personal representatives could be liable if reckless or egregious actions are taken.

Understanding the probate process

When people in Nevada plan to create wills, trusts and other key estate documents, they are often most concerned with protecting their assets and ensuring that their family is cared for after their death. While the issue of probate comes up frequently when considering estate planning, many people do not know what exactly happens during the probate process. Understanding probate can help people make decisions about their estates and plan for the future distribution of their assets.

How an estate pays off its debts

Nevada residents who were in a marriage or civil partnership with someone who has recently diedare not necessarily liable for their debts. Whether a person is liable for a given debt depends on whether or not his or her name was on the loan. Furthermore, a person may be liable for it if he or she guaranteed repayment in some fashion. Otherwise, outstanding debt balances would be paid from a decedent's estate.

Trusts can be a better option for gifts to adult children

When people in Nevada start to think about future planning, estate planning is often part of the equation. When people marry, have children or pass other significant life milestones, these events can draw attention to the importance of dealing with one's assets after death. Estate planning documents like wills and trusts along with insurance policies and other non-probate transfers can help to ensure that one's assets are properly transferred and not wasted on court fees.

Tips for updating an estate plan

The tax law passed by Congress in December might be a good opportunity for Nevada residents to review their estate plans. The increase in the estate tax exemption may affect couples whose estates are worth up to $11.2 million. They might have designed their plan with estate tax in mind, but since the exemption has been raised, some of the measures they took no longer may be necessary.

Digital assets and estate planning

Nevada is one of the states that has adopted the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. This is important in giving fiduciaries access to a person's digital accounts. However, many people might not think about digital assets in connection to setting up an estate account even though they can have both material and sentimental value.

Careful record keeping and patience benefit executor of will

When a family member passes in Nevada, grief occupies the relatives and friends, but the executor of the will must focus on administrative business as well. A will designates the person who will manage the estate. Known as an executor, this representative must perform certain tasks within days or weeks of the death, such as halt Social Security payments, obtain death certificates, track down the will, locate assets, notify the probate court and pay for burial expenses.

Executors may have unique tasks for wine collections

When an estate holder dies in Nevada, a number of different duties fall upon the estate executor. The executor must, for example, take all estate assets into possession, arrange for payment of taxes and debts and then oversee the distribution of property to heirs and beneficiaries. In a case where the deceased had a wine collection, the unique nature of the wine as an asset could make matters more complicated.