What is Probate?
Probate is a mystery to most of the public. I think that we as attorneys don’t do a very good job educating the public about probate and its processes. In its most basic terms, Probate is nothing more than a court-supervised transfer of title of an asset. The goal is to take title out of a deceased person’s name and to put it into a living person’s name. Who the recipient may be of a deceased person’s asset depends upon whether or not that deceased person left instructions in a Will identifying the recipient or, if no Will was found, which statutes apply identifying the recipient by default.
Though the explanation of Probate may be simple, the process usually is not. In a typical Probate there are a number of different persons interested in the Probate estate. The most common are creditors, family members, beneficiaries, the surviving spouse, attorneys, the judge, and the person/representative for the estate. Each person has a different interest in the Probate that is protected by law. Because of that protected interest, the steps undertaken in completing a Probate can be lengthy, time-consuming, and costly. Before beginning a Probate, one should always familiarize themselves with the applicable statutes and the rules of procedure.
If you are in need of a Las Vegas probate lawyer, contact our office today. We handle all aspects of the probate process, to make sure that the assets our clients worked hard to accumulate don’t go to the state.