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What can happen if I die without a will?

What happens if I die without a will?

If you die without a Will in Nevada your assets will pass according to the intestate laws of Nevada. If you are married at the time of death, it must be determined whether your property...
Challenges to a Trustee

Challenges to a Trustee

Challenges to a Trustee may come with a heavy price. The person authorized to manage the affairs of a trust is known as a “trustee”. Generally, the trustee is given broad discretion in administering…
Digital Assets

Planning for Digital Assets

One of the most overlooked assets in your estate plan are digital assets. "Digital assets" mean an electronic record in which a natural person has a right or interest. In addition to social media accounts…
Reasons To Be Grateful You’re Not Living In Spain

REASONS TO BE GRATEFUL YOU’RE NOT LIVING IN SPAIN (OR LOUISIANA)

In all of the Spanish regions where inheritance is covered by the Spanish Civil Code, children are legally entitled to two-thirds of the deceased parents’ assets.  However, on October 3, 2015, a new…
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Special Administrators are a Valuable Resource

Special Administrators Assets which are not subject to probate administration are referred to as “non-probate assets”.  Examples include life insurance, joint bank accounts, and payable on death…
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What happens if somebody dies without a Will?

If you die without a Will in Nevada your assets will pass according to the intestate laws of Nevada.  If you are married at the time of death, it must be determined whether your property is community…
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Prince’s untimely death reminds us of the importance of having an Estate Plan

The Importance of an Estate Plan According to his sister, Prince Rogers Nelson (“Prince”), died without a Will or trust with an estate estimated at $300 million.  Prince was not survived by his parents…
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Family Member NOT Appointed Administrator

The appointed Administrator is the person you nominate in your Last Will and Testament to be in charge of your estate.  Assuming the person is over the age of 21 and does not have a felony conviction,…
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Caring for our animals through the use of a Pet Trust

Forbes magazine reported that in 2015 Americans spent more than $60 billion on their pets. According to the American Pet Products Association this figure includes $23.05 billion spent on food for our pets. …
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Estate Tax Exemption

For 2016, the estate tax exemption is $5.45 million per individual, up from $5.43 million in 2015.  That means an individual can leave $5.45 million to heirs and pay no federal estate or gift tax.  A…
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Capacity Challenges

In a recent unpublished California Court of Appeals decision, a daughter challenged her father’s execution of a new deed. The deed previously reflected that the father owned a piece of real property…
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Ashes to ashes…

A Florida couple’s twenty-three-year-old son, single and without children, died in a tragic automobile accident. He left no will and no written or verbal instructions for disposition of his body. His…
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Last Will & Testament - Probate Court

A Last Will and Testament.  A Last Will and Testament is a legal document in which a person names one or more persons to manage his or her estate. In the Last Will and Testament, a person will be able…
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Inheriting Property Subject to a Mortgage

Generally, a creditor’s notice must be sent to every creditor to whom the Decedent owed money to at the time of death.  NRS 147.010.  If the creditor does not file a claim within a particular period…
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How to Avoid Probate?

How to Avoid Probate? Defining Probate Probate is a legal process which takes place after someone dies. The legal process includes validating the Decedent’s Will.  If there is no Will, then the court…
Estate Administration

Estate Administration

Estate Administration What exactly is estate administration? This is a question that you may find you are asking yourself if you have just lost a loved one. Estate administration is the process of carrying…
Starting Probate

Starting Probate

Finding out that a loved one has passed can be very difficult. You are going to be dealing with the stress of the death, in addition to having to figure out what to do with all of their possessions. When…
What the probate is

Defining Probate

If you were to tell someone that you were dealing with a Probate case, many people would not understand what that means. While some people may understand the process, defining probate may be needed to…