Executors in Nevada probate cases are sometimes referred to as the “personal representative” of the estate. An executor is charged with handling all of the estate’s affairs and distributing any proceeds to the heirs of the deceased. Quite often, an individual finds themselves being named as an executor even though they were not prepared to fill the role. The role can quickly become stressful, confusing, and time-consuming. Turning to a qualified attorney for assistance is one of the best steps one can take to make sure the process goes smoothly and to protect themselves from liability. Nikki Dupree-O’Brien is a Las Vegas probate lawyer assisting executors in the handling of an estate. She has been practicing law since 2008 and is dedicated to providing the highest level of service. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
Attorney providing meaningful representation to personal representatives in a Las Vegas probate
There are many obligations which come with being an estate executor. The personal representative must identify all property, assets, or debts which are to be included in the probate. They must then provide a detailed list of these items to the Court. They are also charged with providing notice of the proceeding to potential heirs and creditors. Under the supervision of the Probate Court, they will pay all of the estate’s bills, file any necessary tax returns, liquidate certain assets, and distribute proceeds. The executor may also have other duties which are spelled out in a last will and testament.
There are several potential pitfalls which come with being the personal representative of an estate. First, one has a fiduciary duty to the heirs of the estate. This means that there is an obligation to be diligent, timely, and to act with the best interests of the estate in mind. It is common for heirs or other parties to be unhappy with how the executor is handling the matter. This can lead to efforts to remove the personal representative from their role and to even sue them for breach of fiduciary duty.
The difficulties of serving as an executor can seem especially onerous when one considers how individuals are placed in the role. In cases involving a will, the executor is usually named within the document. The individual may or may not have known that this responsibility was awaiting them. Furthermore, many deaths are sudden and happen at a time when one cannot drop everything in order to administer an estate. These are just some of the reasons why an individual may not know what steps to take, or how to proceed, when they are thrust into the role. The first step for such persons should be to retain a lawyer as soon as possible.
Our Las Vegas probate attorney represents and assists those who have been named the executor of an estate. Nikki Dupree-O’Brien will begin by conducting a comprehensive audit of the estate and putting a plan in place to deal with the matter as efficiently as possible. She will assist you with sending out all necessary notices, in dealing with heirs and creditors, and any filings and appearances with the Probate Court. Nikki has been practicing law since 2008 and has extensive experience in such matters. She understands the impact that the current situation is having on your life and she will give your matter the attention it both needs and deserves. Contact us today for assistance.
Las Vegas lawyer assisting executors during challenges to the estate and disputes of a will
It is common for disputes to arise during the handling of an estate. This can include disagreements over the inclusion of property, challenges to a last will and testament, and challenges to the executor themselves. In such instances, Nikki will provide aggressive representation in order to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. Nikki handles all matters in our office personally. This means that you will be dealing with her and not an associate attorney. Our lawyer is honored to serve those in Las Vegas and other southern Nevada areas. Quality representation is our promise in each and every case we handle.