The Probate Process Explained

Per Black’s Legal Dictionary probate is defined: to admit a will to proof or to administer a decedent’s estate.  For a better understand of probate, read our helpful article on “What is Probate“.

Black’s succinctly and accurately describes the probate process as one applying to both those individuals who die with a will (testate) and those who die without a will (intestate). > > > Read the full article

Las Vegas Attorney Robert Graham Allegedly Disappears with Millions of Client Money

It’s very important to have a reputable attorney for your probate needs. This article is an example of a possible worst-case scenario. Whether or not the allegations are true will remain to be seen. At Grant Morris Dodds, we believe in being beyond reproach. Thousands of clients have trusted us over the years with their probate court & probate needs. > > > Read the full article

What is Probate?

You have likely heard the term “probate” used in the context of handling a person’s affairs upon their death.  Probate is indeed the administering of a decedent’s estate through a formal legal process usually under the jurisdiction of a specific court.  For example, in Nevada that court is simply called probate court.  

Here are a few things you may want to know about the probate process:

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Has A Loved One Died Without A Will?

My Loved On died Without A WillThe pain you feel at the loss of a loved one is often compounded if your loved one died without a will.  During a time when you should be able to grieve, the uncertainty created by the lack of a will can cause real problems that you cannot handle on your own.  Some of those are very urgent and can compound and create further complications if you make the wrong choice.   > > > Read the full article

Deathbed Regrets

We will all die one day—unless you know something we don’t. We recently came across an article written by Bronnie Ware, a home hospice nurse. After years of working with those who are literally laying in their deathbeds, she recorded the top five most common final regrets.

They are as follows:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. > > > Read the full article

Trust and Probate Litigation in Nevada

It’s important to know what probate litigation means.  Simply stated, “probate” is the process of administering the assets of a deceased person, either according to the terms of a will, or, when there is no will, according to state intestacy laws.  A common misconception is that probate is often a routine and simple process.  While that may be true in some estates, probate can become complicated by unanticipated including but not limited to: disputes over the terms of the will or the application of intestacy laws; distribution of separate vs. > > > Read the full article

How to Terminate a Trust

Trust agreements can terminate for any number of reasons. Following are several explanations of why a trust might end, come to its conclusion, and be terminated…

Natural Trust Termination

Upon the settlor’s death. Upon the death of the settlor (or within a reasonable time after death) a standard liquidating trust may terminate. Upon a designated age or date. > > > Read the full article

Thoughts on Estate Planning and Over-Seas Flights

Imagine that you are preparing to fly an airplane from Los Angeles to Honolulu. You know that airplane engines need to be serviced and overhauled after a certain number of hours of operation and you also know that the plane you are going to fly to Honolulu, over 3,000 miles of open water, has not been serviced recently. > > > Read the full article

Probate: What to Expect…

As a probate professional, the questions I most often hear from potential clients are: What is probate?  How complicated is it?  Can I do it myself?  How much does it cost?  And, how long will it take?  Here are a few short answers to these very important questions.

What is probate?

Probate means to prove a Last Will and Testament, or generally carry out the administration of a decedent’s estate with some level of court oversight wherein title to assets in the decedent’s name is transferred to beneficiaries of the estate, after the payment of debts and expenses. > > > Read the full article