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Crafting your last will and testament is arguably the most basic, yet biggest decision you’ll make during estate planning. As part of writing your will, you will identify an executor, who will be charged with managing your estate and wrapping up your affairs, such as dividing your property and resolving all debts when you pass. Mostly importantly, this document protects your family wealth and loved ones, giving you the peace of mind you need and deserve.
A valid and carefully planned will is necessary to accurately reflect your goals and intent. At Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P., we have over a century of combined experience with a variety of estate planning matters, such as wills, trusts and the probate process. Our accomplished Reno estate planning attorneys can walk you through every step of the process to help protect your heirs and carry out your wishes in regards to estate distribution.
Nevada’s Requirements For A Will
The basic requirements for a last will and testament in Nevada include the following:
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You must be of sound mind
- The will must be signed by either you or an attending person at your discretion, and by at least two witnesses who are not your beneficiaries
- The will must be in writing to be valid
Why You Need a Will
If you don’t have a will or another legal method of transferring your property and assets, Nevada determines the outcome of your property. Usually, the property goes to your spouse or next of kin, but this can result in long-lasting and stressful legal battles between loved ones who believe they are deserving of your assets. If you do not have any relatives to inherit your property, the state decides what to do with your entire estate. Designate beneficiaries in your will so your property is distributed as you wish.
Aside from your belongs, you can also detail guardianship in your will. You can name a guardian for your minor children, in case you pass before they become legal. According to Nevada law, if you die without a will, your children usually go to your spouse or closest relative, such as a sibling or parent. However, this may not be the outcome you want, so choosing a guardian makes sure your wishes are respected.
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We understand how difficult it is to contemplate decisions on how your property and assets are divided after you pass, which is why it’s important to have an experienced estate planning lawyer by your side. At Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P., we can sit down with you, listen carefully, and develop a specialized plan that suits your best needs. Let us guide you through this difficult process to ensure you and your loved ones are protected.
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