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Estate planning is a crucial step in safeguarding your assets and providing for your loved ones, both during your lifetime and after you've passed away. When properly executed, an estate plan can also help minimize probate fees and estate taxes. While it's possible to create documents like wills, trusts, and powers of attorney on your own, working with an experienced Reno trusts & estates lawyer can ensure that your plan is comprehensive, legally sound, and tailored to your unique circumstances.
An attorney on our team can educate you about estate planning and create one that fits your circumstances. Our experienced legal professionals understand that estate planning is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. We work closely with our clients to develop personalized plans that align with their specific goals and preferences, providing peace of mind and a lasting legacy for their loved ones.


The Basics of Estate Planning in Nevada

Estate planning involves creating a set of legal documents that outline your wishes for the management and distribution of your property. These documents may include wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, and they can also provide guidance on end-of-life decisions, such as who should make important medical choices on your behalf if you become incapacitated.In addition to providing instructions for the distribution of your assets after your passing, estate plans can also include strategies for managing your wealth during your lifetime. For example, certain types of trusts can be used to hold property, such as money or real estate, for specific purposes like providing for a loved one with a disability or supporting a charitable cause. Assets can be placed in a trust while you are alive, or you can include instructions in your will to transfer property into a trust upon your death. Trusts and other estate planning tools can also be used to minimize estate taxes and court fees. This is because wills must go through the probate court process, while trusts can often avoid probate altogether. Experienced Reno trusts & estates attorneys can provide targeted advice based on your unique situation, helping you make informed decisions about your legacy.

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Who Should Create an Estate Plan?

Contrary to popular belief, estate planning is not just for the wealthy. Everyone, regardless of their financial situation, can benefit from having a well-crafted estate plan in place. By clearly outlining your wishes, you can provide your loved ones with guidance and clarity during a difficult time, ensuring that your legacy is protected and your intentions are honored. If you pass away without an estate plan, Nevada's default laws will determine how your assets are distributed. These laws may not align with your personal preferences and can lead to unintended consequences, especially in blended family situations. For example, if you die without a will and have children from a previous relationship, your current spouse may inherit all of your estate. If your surviving spouse then dies later, all of your assets will go to his or her children, potentially leaving your children with nothing. Well-versed trusts & estates lawyers in Reno can help you navigate these complex issues, advising you on the most effective strategies for protecting your assets and leaving a lasting legacy for your loved ones. They can assist you in creating a comprehensive estate plan that includes wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other essential documents.

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A Reno Trusts & Estates Attorney

Can Help Ensure Your Family’s Future

Making decisions about the distribution of your assets after your passing can be overwhelming, but providing clear instructions for your loved ones is an invaluable gift. By taking control of your estate plan and creating a will or trust, you can ensure that your family and friends receive the support and gifts you intend for them. Our attorneys have valuable experience helping people develop a wealth management plan to accomplish each person’s unique goals. We will take the time to talk with you about your assets and guide you through the process of making decisions about your property. Contact a Reno trusts & estates lawyer at Cross Law Group today to discuss your estate plan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The duration of the probate process can vary depending on the complexity of the estate, the efficiency of the probate court, and any disputes that may arise. Generally, probate can take anywhere from several months to a year or more to complete. It’s important to note that the probate process can be lengthy and time-consuming, so planning ahead and considering your options carefully is essential. In some cases, it may be possible to avoid probate altogether by setting up a trust or using other estate planning techniques.

The cost of probate depends on various factors, especially the size and complexity of the estate. Probate costs generally include court costs, attorney’s fees, and other administrative expenses. Our firm charges a flat fee based on a percentage of the total assets of the estate, as set by statute (NRS 150.060), which is usually 2-3% of the estate’s gross value. We can provide a more accurate estimate after a free initial consultation based on the case details.

If you are named as the executor in a will, your primary responsibility is to carry out the instructions and wishes of the testator (the person who wrote the will). This can typically only be done by opening a probate for the Decedent’s estate. The specific steps you need to take will depend on the circumstances of the estate, so it’s important to consult with an attorney to understand your legal obligations and ensure you fulfill them properly.

 The probate process typically involves the following steps:

  • Filing paperwork to open the probate case in court
  • Appointing a personal representative to administer the estate
  • Notifying the deceased person’s creditors and interested parties, such as beneficiaries or heirs
  • Identifying, inventorying, and valuing the deceased person’s assets
  • Paying outstanding debts or taxes owed by the deceased person or the estate
  • Distributing the assets to the deceased person’s heirs

These steps may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the probate case.

In Nevada, the surviving spouse will usually inherit all of the deceased person’s community property. The deceased person’s separate property will be divided up between the surviving spouse and the deceased person’s children. If the deceased person had no children, the separate property will be divided up between the surviving spouse and other family members. “Community property” is generally anything acquired during marriage, except if the property was received by gift or inheritance. 

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