Some legal terms can leave Nevada residents scratching their heads. One such term is probate. While it is oftentimes fairly easy for most people to associate this legal term with estate planning and the distribution of a person's assets upon death, some people can benefit from a brief overview of probate and how the process can devolve into complex litigation at times.
When a person in Nevada believes that a problem exists with their loved one's will, they may believe the terms of the will should not be honored. Thus, they may want to contest the will. However, not just anyone can pursue probate litigation; a person must have standing to do so. So, it is important to understand who has standing to challenge a will.
Although there are plenty of Nevada residents who have estate plans, there are probably more who do not. In some ways, it is understandable why an individual might not have an estate plan, but people often just don't understand how important it is to have one. And, of course, there are plenty of estate planning "myths" out there, which might be playing a role as well. But, are people in Nevada fooling themselves when it comes to estate planning issues?
The vast majority of Americans have numerous electronic passwords that they use to access any number of applications or programs. Typically, the most we ever think about these passwords is when we need to create new ones, with being required to come up with a dizzying combination of letters, numbers and characters to pass the minimum security threshold. But, as much of an annoyance as electronic passwords can be on a daily basis, just imagine how annoying they can be for family members who are left behind to attempt to figure them out after you are gone.
Millions of Americans know they should have an estate plan, yet they neglect to address this important issue. Why? Well, for starters, some probably believe that they do not need an estate plan because they don't have children, or they are not rich. Well, the fact of the matter is that almost everyone can benefit from an estate plan.
Many Nevada residents know that they should have an estate plan in place, but, for whatever reason, they are hesitant to even start the process. Why? Well, in some cases, people find the estate planning process mystifying - they don't know what options are right for them amongst so many potential arrangements. But, even though each estate plan will be different according to a person's needs, avoiding risky missteps is a crucial part of the overall process.
For many people in Nevada who start the estate planning process, avoiding probate is one of their main goals. No one likes to think of their relatives and close friends needing to go through complicated court procedures just so assets can be distributed according to their wishes. However, if a person only has a will - or doesn't have a will at all - going through probate is all but necessary. So, what is the key to avoiding probate?
Many people in Nevada probably avoid the estate planning process for a simple reason: they don't know where to start. This is understandable, as there are many different estate planning options that individuals and families can consider. Each situation is unique, so no two estate plans will look the same. But, as the saying goes, "knowledge is power." It is important to dispel certain myths about the estate planning and probate process so that people feel more comfortable about getting started.
It is hard enough for many people to communicate with an estate planning attorney when they know that they need to take action on this issue, so expecting Nevada residents to communicate with family members as well can seem like a lot to ask. However, as a recent article noted, communication is crucial when it comes to estate planning. Why? Well, the article pointed to a number of reasons.
With the holiday season behind us and the new year just beginning, many people are doing their best to make positive changes in their lives. New Year's resolutions are always fun to think about and plan, but, sometimes, too few people actually carry through with their plans for improvement. For Nevada residents, perhaps one of the most important goals for the new year should be to make an estate plan, if they don't have one already.