STEP 1: Starting the Nevada probate process can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The first step is to retain a Nevada attorney you have confidence in. There are many skilled practitioners that regularly practice in the probate courts and finding someone who has extensive experience in dealing with probate matters should be easy. However, even the most experienced, brilliant probate attorney may not be a good fit. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss helpful tips about selecting the right attorney.
STEP 2: Obtain the original Death Certificate. A copy will be filed with the Court but you may need other originals for a variety of purposes. We generally recommend ordering no less than seven (7) death certificates. See “What to bring to the first meeting with your attorney” in the FAQs.
STEP 3: Your attorney will file on your behalf a Petition to Admit the Will along with a copy of the Death Certificate. The original Will is required to be filed with the Clark County Clerk’s Office within 10 days of the date of death. If you can’t find the original Will, there is a procedure for “proving up” a copy. However, this process can be difficult and reasonable efforts should always be made to locate the original. This petition will also request the appointment of the person nominated as the Personal Representative to be in charge of the Estate.