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  • Writer's pictureSarah Morris Ocampo

Can I Do Probate On My Own in Nevada

Updated: 5 days ago



Are you facing the difficult challenge of navigating the probate process for a departed loved one's estate? You ask yourself, "Can I handle probate alone?" In this article, we will discuss navigating the probate process.



Can You Tackle Probate Alone?


Generally, you need help to handle probate. But, as with most legal matters, there are exceptions based on specific circumstances. In Nevada, the probate process varies according to the estate's net value.


The news might be a relief for smaller estates, particularly those without real property and valued under $25,000. These estate holders can bypass the probate court. You'll need to fill out a document—a more straightforward exercise that doesn't involve a legal entanglement with court procedures.


However, once an estate surpasses the $25,000 mark, it enters probate court, and it typically becomes necessary to enlist the assistance of an attorney. It is essential to do your research, but due to probate's complex nature, going through it alone is not advisable.


Understanding the Intricacies of Probate


Probate isn't just complex—it's also time-consuming. It is far from a one-week ordeal. Tasks during the process can include:

  • Validating the deceased's will.

  • Inventorying the deceased's property.

  • Appraising the property.

  • Paying debts and taxes.

  • Distributing the remaining property as the will (or state law, if there's no will) directs.


There are strict statutory requirements to follow, and failing to adhere to them can lead to delays or legal missteps. The intricacy of these steps often calls for the expertise of a seasoned attorney who can navigate the waters of probate law with you.


Planning to Avoid Probate


Rather than asking if you can manage probate independently, we suggest you contact an expert on how to avoid probate altogether. Proactive estate planning may include setting up trusts, joint ownership, and making designated beneficiary designations, which can save your family from dealing with probate upon your passing.


Takeaway


While it's technically possible to do probate on your own for tiny estates in Nevada, as the value of the estate increases, so does the complexity of the probate process. Seeking professional advice, like contacting our office to book a free 15-minute call through our website, is a wise choice.


Planning can ensure you or your family never have to navigate the probate process, but legal guidance is crucial for a smoother journey if it's unavoidable.


Remember, proper planning and support can make all the difference when handling the intricacies of probate.

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