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Las Vegas Probate Attorneys

Going through the loss of a loved one can be difficult. When a loved one passes away, his or her estate can often go through a process known as “probate”. Probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person. Under the supervision of the Nevada Probate Court, the assets of the deceased are managed and distributed. The probate attorneys at Morris Law Center can ensure families are prepared and well informed while providing value and efficiency.

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Nevada Probate typically involves the following steps:

  • The filing of a petition. This must be done with the proper probate court.
  • Giving notice to heirs listed under the will, or to statutory heirs if there is no will present.
  • A Petition to appoint a Personal Representative. This person may also be referred to as an “Executor” in states other than Nevada.
  • The appraisal and inventory of estate assets by the Personal Representative.
  • Payment of estate debt issued to the rightful creditors.
  • Payment of estate and income taxes, if applicable.
  • Sale of estate assets, if necessary.
  • A final distribution of remaining assets to heirs/beneficiaries.

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Contact Morris Law Center

At Morris Law Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, our experienced probate attorneys can help guide you through the probate process to understand which type of probate proceeding and steps are necessary. Our lawyers and staff will be with you through this difficult process every step of the way.

If you are facing probate on property, money or belongings, an attorney can be a great benefit to help navigate around the issues that could arise. We offer a Free Consultation to answer any initial questions you may have. To Schedule your Complimentary Consultation today by filling out the form above, or call Morris Law Center at 702-850-7798.

After our parents passed away unexpectedly, my siblings and I were clueless with how to properly take care of their Estate, and not everything was lined up the way we thought it was. Morris Law Center guided us through the entire probate process and kept us up to date and informed from the very first consult through the end. Everyone was kind, professional, and knowledgeable. They made a difficult time for our family more bearable. Thank you for everything,! -A. Johns

February 2020

Probate FAQs

After someone passes away, the will names an executor—or, if a person passes without a will, the person appointed by a judge — who files papers in the local probate court. If there is one, the executor proves the validity of the will. The executor will also present the court with lists of the decedent's property, any remaining debts, and who is to inherit what has been left behind. Then relatives and creditors are officially notified of the death. The court then distributes the assets to the heirs and the creditors are paid.

There are some assets which may be exempt from the probate process. If the decedent established joint accounts with rights of survivorship, accounts with payable on death designations or named beneficiaries prior to passing, these assets would be passed to those joint holders or named beneficiaries. There may also be some solutions applicable under the law in order to minimize probate or avoid it altogether.

If a decedent left a will, the executor is in charge of filing the will and seeking to have it admitted to probate. If the decedent passed away without a will, then the applicable state statutes outline a priority of who might seek appointment as an administrator of the decedent’s estate.

This can vary, but probate proceedings in Nevada can typically take anywhere from 120-180 days. This amount of time is required in order to allow for publication of notices to creditors.