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The death of a friend or family member may leave you wondering how to settle your loved one’s personal and financial affairs and wondering whether probate is necessary.
The probate attorneys at Clear Counsel Law Group provide a free consultation to provide clear answers to your questions quickly, inexpensively and correctly. You may not need to hire an attorney.
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For any estate over $300,000
For estates with a net value under $300,000
For estates with a net value of under $100,000
Clients and Legal Professionals Speak Out
Very friendly, caring, listens very well, remembers the small detail. He has a great assistant name Natasha. Very caring and friendly as well.
Jonathan is an excellent attorney and a great person. I can, without reservation, recommend him to my current and former clients for their probate matters.
My husband and I had a great experience with Clear Counsel Law Group partner Jonathan Barlow and his thoughtful and efficient preparation of our wills! He helped us to think of the many scenarios that needed to be addressed that we never would have thought of. I originally prepared my own will with a software from a well known financial planner. However, I wanted to make sure that my children and spouse had a document that would hold up without any problem in probate court. I'm glad I did because I had some missed some very important items.
Jonathan is a great person and attorney. He represented an elderly veteran in a case where I represented the guardian and he conducted himself intelligently in court and compassionately with his client. He visited his client and endeavored to make him feel heard. I highly recommend his services for estate planning, probate, guardianship, and the like.
Common Probate Questions
The question that I am asked most frequently when someone has lost a loved one is whether probate is necessary. To answer this question, I find it easiest to make three columns into which we place the deceased individual’s assets:
the first column is for assets that are owned by only the deceased individual with no joint owner and no one named as the beneficiary of the asset;
the second column is for assets that have a joint owner or designated beneficiary;
the third column is used if your loved one had a trust to identify any assets that are owned by the trust.
All assets that fall in the first column generally require some form of probate proceeding. Depending on the total value of these assets, the probate process may be quick or may require more thorough probate court involvement. With very small estates, a simple affidavit may be used to transfer the assets without probate court involvement. It is important to note that even if your loved one had a trust, if he or she had any assets that fall in this first column, probate is still necessary for those assets. All other assets that fall in the second or third columns do not require any probate process before the assets can be transferred.
Depending on the size and complexity of the estate, you may need a probate attorney. Review the questions below and if the answers to them are yes, you likely need a probate attorney.
Are the assets held outside of probate avoidance vehicles like trusts or life insurance?
Does the size of the estate exceed the "small estate" rules?
Is there family drama?
Does the estate contain a business, commercial real estate, or other special asset?
Does the estate lack the funds to pay its debts?
Does the estate owe federal or state taxes?
You need to decide if you have the time and desire to serve as executor. Being an executor requires the time and diligence to wrap up the affairs of the deceased person. It also involves dealing with a fair amount of legal paperwork. If you do not feel that you can complete these tasks you can hire an executor support firm that will complete many of the tasks for you. If you can also petition the court to allow you to renounce your executorship.
Estates with a few assets are not subject to the complex, expensive probate process.
In Nevada, if you the estate has less than $20,000, you do not need to go through probate.
Rather, you can complete a form called an Affidavit of Entitlement that will allow you to transfer assets, such as a bank account, without court involvement.
It is not necessary for a lawyer to complete this form, but we have skilled probate professionals on staff that will help with a few assets probate if you like.
If you have asked these or similar questions, please set up a free probate consultation with one of our probate attorneys.
Flat Fee Pricing
Clear Counsel Law Group has extensive experience in representing executors in administering probate estates of all sizes and varieties. Our unique Flat-Rate Probate pricing guarantees a fair flat fee for all ordinary probate and trust administration services and protects your loved one’s estate and your inheritance from attorneys who charge excessive and unnecessary fees. Don't stress! We'll be with you every step of the way.
What about disputes?
Unfortunately, disputes may arise regarding your loved one’s estate. Someone may contest the will or believe that another person has taken advantage of your loved one.
The probate law attorneys of Clear Counsel Law Group have extensive experience handing disputed probate and trust matters and guiding executors, trustees, and beneficiaries through the difficult process of handling disputes over your loved one’s estate or trust.
Contact a Las Vegas probate attorney now for a free consultation to review your disputed matter and get the clear answers and advice you need.