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Understanding the probate process

On Behalf of | Oct 9, 2020 | Estate Planning

If you feel nervous whenever someone mentions legal proceedings, you’re definitely not the only person in Nevada who does. Many people shy away from legal topics of discussion because they don’t have a specific legal background and may not understand complex issues. If your parent or other immediate loved one has died, you may have to navigate the probate process.

The more you understand ahead of time about what to expect, the better. Probate is basically the process whereby the court validates someone’s last will and testament. It would also include locating a decedent’s assets and determining what debts he or she may have still owed upon his or her passing.

Nevada law may differ from other states

Perhaps you’ve navigated the probate process in another state and believe you know all there is to know. If your loved one signed a last will and testament in Nevada, it is best to update yourself on this state’s probate laws because every state has its own guidelines.

What if your loved one has died without a will? His or her estate then becomes intestate and the court will process it accordingly. If you were in possession of a loved one’s will when he or she died, it is up to you to file it in a probate court as soon as possible.

A time period of objection to a will

Someone (perhaps, even you) might wish to contest your loved one’s will. Filing a contest might occur because the person challenging the will knows of another, more recently signed last will and testament of the deceased. Another reason might be that he or she believes the will in question was not a proper draft, according to estate laws.

More important probate issues

In addition to filing a will and activating the probate process, as well as locating your deceased loved one’s assets, you may also need to resolve numerous tax or debt issues, or determine the value of your loved one’s estate. Such issues can be complex and stressful to resolve, especially if you do not have a background in this area of law.

Don’t hesitate to reach out for support

You might have a trusted friend who has navigated the probate process after a loved one’s death. He or she may be able to provide information that can help you avoid stress or legal problems as you address estate issues associated with your family member’s passing.Many people seek support from experienced probate and estate administration law attorneys as well, which is often the best type of support when you’re in need of assistance to resolve a legal issue regarding a loved one’s estate.