Gerlach, NV Probate Lawyers

If you’re grieving the recent loss of a loved one, please accept our deepest sympathy. Death is hard enough. If, in addition to your grief, someone has invested his or her trust in you and you are filling out the court’s estate administration procedures, known as probate, then we know that the entire process is just that much more difficult to manage for families that must deal with it.

If you are an estate executor overseeing the probate process or a beneficiary who expects to receive an inheritance, our Gerlach probate lawyers are here to help. Our lawyers will help you understand your rights and legal options, so call us today for a consultation and let us lighten your load.

Gerlach Probate Lawyers

What Makes Probate So Challenging?

In a standard probate proceeding, for example, when someone in the state of Nevada dies without having created a trust or having any kind of estate plan at all, there are several steps that the person chosen to be an executor of the estate is required to go through. The estate executor will most likely be a family member named in the will, who will be responsible for:

  • Filing the will with the court and/or the death certificate (depending on your state), along with a petition for probate
  • Formally notifying creditors, the public, and the heirs to the estate
  • Managing the assets until the probate is resolved (for instance, keeping the house from falling into disrepair)
  • Inventorying all assets and having them professionally appraised
  • Settling outstanding debts with creditors
  • Filing final tax returns and paying applicable taxes
  • Submitting a final accounting and petition to close probate
  • And more…

There is a significant amount of paperwork involved in probate, which contributes to the lengthy process and the associated costs. Additionally, there are a lot of fees involved, many of which the estate typically pays for. These additional fees can cut into the funds that would otherwise be allocated to the heirs. Any mistake or missed deadline results in more fees, or it can prolong a process that already takes several months to well over a year to complete. It can be shorter, but if other parties—creditors or family—have any objections, it can drag on much, much longer.

It is advisable for you to reach out to our Gerlach probate lawyers at your earliest convenience so we can serve as your advocates and help simplify the process for you. We have helped countless other clients in situations similar to yours. We know how probate works; we know what needs to be done; and we can help you get through the process as efficiently as possible!

When Probate Involves Litigation

Of course, in many cases—if there is no surviving will, if the will is ambiguous, if there are family members who are dissatisfied with the distribution of benefits, if there are complicated assets and family scenarios—conflict is often not far from the surface. Contentious probate issues are most often initiated by family members who are beneficiaries, followed by the estate executor, and then by executors and beneficiaries on both sides. In some cases, external parties may also become involved in the affairs.

What Our Gerlach Probate Lawyers Can Do For You

At Sierra Crest Business Law Group, we have guided many mourning families in Nevada through probate and made probate easier for them. You can rely on us to provide you with excellent guidance as you navigate your legal journey, thanks to our team of highly skilled and knowledgeable lawyers who have accumulated a combined 60 years of experience. Give us a call to schedule a consultation so that you can find out what to do next and feel at ease knowing that your loved one’s estate will be managed with dignity and professionalism.

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