Practice Areas

Wills


A Will allows you to determine in advance how to dispose of your estate assets upon your death in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Incline Village, Nevada.  If you do not have a Will, the State of Nevada has authority to decide:  1. Guardianship of your minor children; and 2. Who will inherit your property/estate.

Property left by a Will only, must be "probated" in the county of the decedent's Nevada residence.  This is expensive (more expensive than setting up a living trust).  Probate is time consuming--1 to 2 years on average.  Worst of all, probate is "open to the public," so others can know of your assets, make claim to them, attack the Will and frequently litigate their claims in open court.  But to die without a Will is often worse in Nevada.

What happens if I die without a Will in Reno, Nevada?

If this happens, your estate property will be distributed to certain predetermined "heirs" under Nevada's law of "intestacy."  This is called dying "intestate"--meaning without a Will. Dying intestate means your entire estate must be "probated" before the court in Reno.  The LAW determines who your heirs are and who will inherit--often NOT the person the decedent ever intended to receive their estate property.  The Probate Court may award property to a surviving spouse or children; however,  step children who were never adopted, receive nothing.  If no legal heirs are found, your property is given to the State of Nevada.  Dying "intestate" is undesirable, often messy with "heir battles" in Probate court, all because there was no written Will.