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Has A Loved One Died Without A Will?

The 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.  You may now be dealing with one or more of the following problems: Handling the burial or cremation of your loved one. Who has authority to make those arrangements? ...

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Trust Administration in Nevada

Closing Procedures and Timeline.  Following is an explanation of the recommended administrative and termination procedures. Affidavit of Successor Trustee (“AST”) - The signing of an AST by the successor trustee formally installs them as the trustee of the Trust and is evidence of the same.  If real property is owned by the Trust, the AST will add the Successor Trustee to the title of the property upon recording in the proper county recorder’s office. Notice to creditors – In Nevada known creditors have thirty (30) days from mailing date to file a written claim with the Trustee and ninety (90) days from the first...

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Nevada Wills: Drafting a Last Will and Testament in Nevada

Fundamental Discussion Before Drafting a Will.  As an estate planning attorney, it is important for me to ask the right questions of my clients.  I need to know about the client’s life, goals, family and relationship status, as well as about their assets, liabilities, income and expenses.  Before making recommendations, I really need a good picture of their financial and personal life.  Without such information, mistakes will be made and important planning opportunities will be lost.Many new clients come to me with a wrong understanding of how the law works.  For example, they think if they have a Will that...

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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. Would you choose to ignore the service requirements of the engines of that airplane, knowing that  you have only one chance to get it right and that failure is not a viable option, particularly when that plane must travel non-stop for 3,000...

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A New Law Firm, A Continuing Tradition of Service

From the time Mark Dodds began his practice of estate planning and probate in Nevada more than 20 years ago, and continuing through his 6 and 7 years of association with Robert L. Morris and David M. Grant, respectively,  the attorneys of Grant Morris Dodds have had the opportunity of working with literally thousands of clients and their families, from the initial preparation of estate planning documents and, for many, all the way to the administration of those estate plans they helped their clients to initiate. Their many years of combined experience give David, Bob and Mark each a unique and comprehensive...

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