Once you execute a Nevada estate plan, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have protected your assets and written out instructions to provide for your loved ones after you’re gone. No matter how well-written a plan is, however, it is only when the time comes to administer your estate that it all comes to fruition. This is known as the probate process and loved ones (especially the person you have named as executor) may benefit from seeking legal support until and throughout the final distribution.
The executor’s duties are many and the process can be quite stressful, especially if complex issues arise, such as someone challenging the will. A probate attorney can provide much-needed consultation to help guide the estate administrator as he or she carries out various responsibilities, such as gathering assets, notifying banks of the decedent’s passing and notifying beneficiaries that someone has listed them in their will.
What if you die without having executed a will?
Many people die without having a will in place, which means a probate judge will act on behalf of the state to determine how to distribute assets. In such cases, a probate attorney can advocate on a person’s behalf to request the appointment of him or her as estate administrator. Such an attorney can also help compile renunciations, which are statements signed by other relatives waiving their right to act as administrator.
Attorneys typically prepare and file documents of all kinds. During the probate process, one must file numerous documents, so having an experienced probate lawyer on hand is quite helpful.
What else can a probate attorney do?
Obtaining guidance and support from a Nevada probate attorney makes the process of administering an estate a lot less stressful. An attorney can help locate assets, assist with debt payments and tax issues, and much more. It’s especially helpful to have an attorney on hand if legal complications arise during probate.
If you’re getting ready to execute an estate plan for the first time, you might want to speak with a probate attorney ahead of time. You can even recommend this person to your executor, so that when the time comes to administer your estate, there is legal support available that’s already familiar with your estate. This might help expedite the probate process. An attorney can also answer any questions you might have regarding Nevada estate laws, trusts, powers of attorney or any other issue relevant to your estate.