Probate Info Center

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 trust disputes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Avoiding Probate

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.

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Probate and Estate Administration Resource Links

Uniform Probate Code Locator
Maintained by Cornell University Law School, this site identifies the states that have adopted, at least in part, the Uniform Probate Code. Links are also provided to each state’s version of the code.

This page is maintained by the H.E.L.P. organization, and provides an overview of the executor’s, personal representatives’, and trustee’s estate administration responsibilities.

SmartMoney® Estate Planning
Provides information to consumers on the process of gathering information and documentation for estate planning.

AARP® Estate Planning Page
This resource, provided by AARP®, includes articles discussing a variety of estate planning matters.

Estate Tax Calculator
An online estate tax calculator.

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