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  • Writer's pictureSarah Morris Ocampo

Can Property Be Transferred Without Probate in Nevada

Dealing with a loved one's estate after they pass can be a complicated and emotionally taxing experience, especially when it comes to probate — the legal process of reassigning the decedent's assets. However, there are ways to streamline or entirely bypass the probate process by planning. This article discusses some practical strategies to ensure a smoother property transfer.

Creating a Trust to Avoid Probate

One of the most reliable methods to circumvent probate is establishing trust. A trust is a fiduciary arrangement allowing the trustee to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiary. Transferring real and personal property into a trust during your lifetime is a popular option. This method protects your assets and spares your family from the hassle of probate court proceedings after your death.

Joint Tenancy: A Simple Solution

Another method to consider, depending on individual circumstances, is ensuring that real property is owned in joint tenancy. This is particularly useful for married couples. Holding the property in joint tenancy means the surviving member automatically inherits the other's share without probate when one passes away. This arrangement is straightforward and efficient but requires that all joint tenants obtain equal shares and that ownership is obtained simultaneously.

Remember, proper estate planning helps distribute your assets according to your wishes and significantly eases the burden on your loved ones during an already difficult time. Estate planning might sound complex, but getting the correct information and professional guidance can simplify the process considerably.

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