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Reno Probate & Estate Administration Attorney

Easing Difficult Transitions with Compassionate Counsel

At Merrill Law, PLLC, we understand how difficult it can be to handle a loved one’s affairs once they’ve passed – especially if they haven’t left a will or trust behind to fully explain their final wishes. When you’re facing the complex probate process, you may feel overwhelmed by all the legal requirements, and unsure how to proceed next.

When you need guidance on probate and other estate administration tasks, our skilled Reno probate lawyer can represent you in any matters related to your loved one’s estate. From preparing your family for probate court to sorting through highly complex assets, we can provide the thoughtful and attentive counsel you need during your time of grief.

If you’re ready to speak with a Reno estate planning attorney, contact us at (775) 302-2624 for a consultation on your probate case.

Understanding the Probate Process

According to a survey performed by, more than 60% of Americans have no estate planning documents currently in place. Although end-of-life planning is always recommended, many people have a difficult time preparing for their eventual passing, or they mistakenly believe that wills and trusts are exclusive to the wealthy.

This is where the probate process comes into play. By providing an official legal avenue for gathering, settling, and distributing the property of a deceased person, probate ensures that there is a clear plan of action for every estate. When an individual dies without estate planning documents, it’s referred to as “passing away intestate.” Although all wills must go through probate court to be finalized, the process becomes much more complicated when your loved one passes away intestate.

Although the probate timeline can vary dramatically depending on your case, here are some of the steps that may be required of you during probate:

  • Filing your petition to the court
  • Identifying heirs, relatives, and other connections to the deceased
  • Attending multiple probate court hearings
  • Issuing notices to creditors and medical providers
  • Paying outstanding bills and taxes
  • Determining beneficiaries
  • Performing a comprehensive estate inventory

When you need help with any of the matters above, our experienced Reno probate lawyer can provide you with adept and skilled counsel. The probate process can be contentious, and it may take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on the complexity of your situation. However, with the right attorney by your side, you can face any estate administration challenges with confidence.

Give us a call at (775) 302-2624 for a consultation in Reno and surrounding areas.

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