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Q: My husband passed away in June 2019. His cousin passed 27 hours prior and named him as a beneficiary of her trust.

My husband and I have pour over wills as part of our trust. What steps are needed to recieve his inheritance? Do I have to open a probate case as executor of his will? This inheritance will be over $150,000.00

Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed answered on Mar 31, 2020

Some Trusts and Wills provide that a beneficiary must survive the writer of the Trust or Will by a certain number of days to receive the inheritance. However, if the cousin's trust lacks such a provision, your husband's gift under the cousin's trust goes to his estate. The successor trustee of the... Read more »

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Q: Do I need a lawyer if my Veteran ex husband died without a will and my son and I were receiving benefits from him?

My son was receiving child support and health/dental insurance, I was receiving part of his military retirement (community property). He had arrears for child support as well. He was remarried but his widow refuses to talk to me. We are in Nevada and I received a call from the child support office... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 28, 2020

You can make a claim against his estate for the past due child support. A probate attorney can help you with this.

The share of his retirement pay probably ended when he died, unless it was a joint and survivor annuity. More information is needed in order to sort that out. The attorney...
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Q: what are my rights to protect my kids, myself, my home from being harassed by my fiancées ex-wife and his mother?

My fiancée passed away Dec 1st. It was all over the news. Not even 12 hours of his death and his ex-wife, his mother and sister started threatening and harassing me. They are threatening to break into my home for his belongings so they can sell it and make a profit. They sure act like this man was... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 9, 2020

I am truly sorry for your loss. What you are going through is tragic, and it is a terrible example of failure to plan, because I have to assume that your fiancee' did not have a will. If he had a will, it would have named you to receive everything if he died, of course, and nobody would be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Nevada on
Q: My uncle recently passed. He has 2 living siblings,one deceased brother am I able to petition to be apart of the estate?

My cousin just petitioned on behalf of his deceased father(5yrs passed), even though he hasn't seen or spoken to my recently deceased uncle in years. Even though my mother is alive can I also petition to get a portion of my uncle's estate?

My uncle had written off everyone in the family... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Dec 24, 2019

If your uncle was not survived by a wife or patents or children and no valid will then chances are his estate will be divided into one share for each sibling with children of siblings inheriting in the place of deceased siblings. With your mother (who I assume is his sibling) still alive, she would... Read more »

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Q: Whose estate/ probate laws would apply for a DE resident who died and left a $40,000 checking account in a NJ bank ?

Should a "short certificate" issued by a Delware probate court be sufficient to claim the account ? The Will is being filed in DE and will go through probate in DE.

Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed answered on Dec 9, 2019

As a general rule throughout the United States, what is known as personal property (such as bank accounts) are probated in the state the Decedent was a resident regardless of which they the personal property is located in. So, yes, the Delaware probate court has jurisdiction of the NJ bank account... Read more »

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Q: Husband died in May. Estate is in probate. I paid his car loan off and sold the car. Do I get my money invested back?

I am Administrator of his estate. Lawyer says car money will be split with husband's two children and myself. Do I get money back that I invested into his vehicle before splitting funds with kids?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Nov 23, 2019

You should discuss this with your probate attorney.

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Q: My sister has sold my deceased mothers house and is excluding me in probate and won’t give my share what can I do
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Oct 19, 2019

Much more information is needed to give you any advice on this. For the best results you should schedule an appointment with a probate lawyer in the vicinity of where the probate of your mother's estate is being handled.

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Q: My dad allowed my friend and her husband&daughter to stay in his house and now they refuse to leave

After my mother just recently passed away in May 2019..My dad being nice and trying to help my friend said that she,her husband and 17yr.old daughter could stay in his house for a week or so til they find a place due to them having just been evicted..They do not pay rent ,there is no lease... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Sep 27, 2019

I am sorry to hear about what your dad is going through. Sadly, your dad is going to have to hire a lawyer to help him with an eviction lawsuit. He could try calling the Sheriff to oust them as trespassers, but most Sheriffs won't do it if it "looks" like they "live" there.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Probate and Landlord - Tenant for Nevada on
Q: My dad died and nobody contacted me to inform me of his death. I just found out that my aunt had moved in after he died

And now is selling all his stuff. There is no will, im an only child and he was never married so I should be in charge of his property, belongings, etc. yet the cops won't help me cuz of "squatters rights". I live in ID so it makes it difficult. I can't afford an attorney what am I supposed to do?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Sep 15, 2019

Hire a probate attorney near where your dad lived. The estate pays the legal fees.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Nevada on
Q: My mom and deceased stepfather has a living trust in Clark County. How do I remove my stepfather's name from the trust?

My mom wants to do remove his name and do a Deed Upon Death naming me as the grantee of the house they own.

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Sep 13, 2019

In most states a deceased trustee is removed from title by recording an Affidavit of Death of Trustee. However, that does not guarantee that your mother has the authority to do what she is proposing. The only way to determine whether she can do that would be to review the trust, and even if the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Nevada on
Q: My father passed with out a spouse i'm an only child who doesn't get along with his mother and sisters. They are trying

To take Everything. They have taken over planning the funeral. They're Ordering a bunch of death certificates. I was told there is no will. I was told i'm the closest next of kin.

Who has the most rights to take over his property and how do i stop them? How do i assert my rights and take... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 17, 2019

Hire a local probate attorney to help you petition the court to be appointed executor of your father’s estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Nevada on
Q: Deed Upon Death

I have a Deed upon death, but not related. The deceased has personal property in the condo and Clark County has taken Action to secure personal property. Blood relatives not cooperative, how do I proceed as owner of real property to obtain title and remove personal property out of real property,... Read more »

Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed answered on Jul 9, 2019

Probably the Clark County Coroner has secured the condo to give the estate a reasonable time to remove personal possessions and look for things like bank statements and safety deposit keys. I think your first step would be to call the Coroner, explain your interest, and ask how long the Coroner... Read more »

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Q: Mother passed away intestate, has a surviving spouse that has been put into a nursing facility. He has one daughter,

My mother has three children, we all live out of state. The deed to the home/property is in her husband (of 11 years) and his ex wife’s name. Property is not worth over 100,000. Do my siblings and I have any right to a portion this property sale?

Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed answered on Jul 4, 2019

I don't think so. This answer is based on Nevada law. There might be unusual circumstances that make for a different answer.

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Q: SO if the vesting states JT or RS. Then ALL of the property of the deceased, goes to the surviving spouse?
Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed answered on Jul 2, 2019

If a particular item of real estate is owned by husband and wife and the vesting is JT or RS, then in the absence of unusual circumstances, such as claims of fraud or undue influence in changing the title, the surviving spouse should own that particular item of real estate, subject to whatever... Read more »

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Q: Hypothetical. The step-father, dies. He has kids from first marriage. they are all over 30...

They don't really have a relationship, other than a phone call couple times a year, they live in Kansas. Is the surviving widow obligated, by law (in Nevada), to address any concerns from his children from first marriage? Even if the will is silent on the issue. Its about the residential home.... Read more »

Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed answered on Jun 30, 2019

If there is no Will, the law of who gets what without a Will (intestate succession) applies. This law does not take into account the nature of the relationship between the Decedent and any child or spouse. If there is no Will, and if the gross value of the estate is over $100,000, 1/3 goes to his... Read more »

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Q: Vesting on property is NS, (no status). Please explain. Does surviving spouse get the property?
Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed answered on Jun 30, 2019

NS means that when the owner dies the property must be probated. If there are 2 or more owners, such as husband and wife, if one of them dies his or her share must be probated. To avoid probate when one of two owners dies the vesting should read either JT for joint tenant or RS for right of... Read more »

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Q: Thank you. I’ll zoom thru to points. Father passes away 1/2012. Sister comes out as executrix, 2nd Sister & her

Son are co trustees of a “trust”. Up until 1/2019, we assumed it to be truth. I checked, and executrix never filed the will. I am in the state of Nevada. So I filed for probate and have an open case. Should executrix be in gross violations?

Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed answered on Jun 27, 2019

Nevada law requires that a person in possession of the original copy of a Will should file it with the court in the Decedent's county of residence within 30 days of the death. However, if all assets of the Decedent will pass outside the Will (because they are in a trust or because they are in... Read more »

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Q: I have a Nevada client whose deceased husband's Will names a daughter but the wife can't find her.

Need to publish some kind of notice to the unknown child but this goes beyond my probate expertise and I have no idea what to file and publish.

Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed answered on Jun 4, 2019

There is nothing wrong with a Nevada licensed lawyer asking a probate question on this forum but if you are not a Nevada licensed lawyer you are practicing law without a license in Nevada if you have a Nevada probate client.

If a valid Will makes a gift to a person, unless the Court is...
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Q: I and my kids were given 2 vehicles and a Fifth Wheel by my ex-significant other/dear friend 2 days before he passed.

Without signed titles, but with witnesses to the gift and an audio recording can we enter the probate process?

Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed answered on May 22, 2019

I don't think it looks good unless you can get his intestate heirs (the people who would inherit in the absence of a will) to agree that you may have the property. Then you could do a probate with the intestate heirs doing what is called a Re-Assignment to you. Maybe another lawyer will have a... Read more »

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Q: After probate is closed how long does an attorney have to send out payment from estate sale?
Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed answered on May 8, 2019

I personally try to send out checks to the beneficiaries on the same day that the probate closes if the money has been sitting in my trust account.

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