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Making a Last Will and Testament in Nevada
A Nevada Last Will and Testament (a "Will") is a legal document that lays out your preferences in relation to asset distribution after death, such as who will inherit your money, your home, or your personal belongings.
The individual making a Will is called the "testator," and the person or organization appointed to handle the testator's estate after death is known as the "executor." Designed for residents of Nevada, this Last Will and Testament is made for use in Clark County, Washoe County, Lyon County, and in every other county in the state. Any Nevada Will from Rocket Lawyer can be customized for your specific circumstances. With this legal document on hand, your loved ones will have a record of your decisions.
It is simple and easy to document your preferences using a free Nevada Last Will and Testament template from Rocket Lawyer:
This route is often going to be notably more affordable than hiring and working with a traditional provider. If needed, you can prepare a Last Will and Testament on behalf of your spouse or another relative, and then help that person sign it when ready. Please keep in mind that for this document to be considered legally valid, the testator must be mentally competent when they sign. In the event that the testator is already incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship could be necessary. In such a situation, it's a good idea for you to talk to an attorney.
Anyone who is over 18 years old should have a Last Will and Testament. Though it can be difficult to acknowledge, your loved ones will need to know your wishes in relation to guardianship (when applicable), your property, and/or assets if you pass away. Here are a few common situations where you might find it useful to make or update your Will:
Whether your Nevada Last Will and Testament is being created as a result of a recent change in your life or as part of a long-term plan, witnesses and notarization are highly recommended as a best practice for protecting your document if its authenticity is questioned.
Writing a Will is typically easy to do, but you or your executor may still need legal advice. The answer may vary depending on whom you approach, but quite often, some lawyers may not even agree to review your document if they did not work on it. A more favorable approach worth consideration is to get help via the On Call network of attorneys. As a Premium member, you will be able to request advice from an On Call attorney with relevant experience or ask other questions about your Will. As always, Rocket Lawyer is here to help.
The cost of hiring and working with a traditional lawyer to make a Last Will and Testament could total anywhere between $200 and $1,000. Rocket Lawyer isn't a run-of-the-mill Last Will and Testament template provider. With our service, anyone under a Premium membership has access to up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney from our network.
Upon completing this document, you can review it on any device, anytime. With a Premium membership, you may make edits, print it out, and sign it. Attached to your Nevada Will, you'll find a checklist of suggested steps you can take once your document is completed. Even if you make copies, be sure to store the original signed document in a safe location. It is critical that at least one person knows where to find it after you have passed.
The guidelines and restrictions governing Wills will vary by state; however, in Nevada, your Will needs to be signed by two witnesses. As a general rule, witnesses should be mentally competent people who are of sound mind. If any witness is also named as a beneficiary, then any gift or inheritance designated for that witness is considered void unless there are a total of two disinterested witnesses signing the document. Furthermore, it is highly encouraged that your Will be acknowledged by a notary public to emphasize its validity.
Legal references for a Will in Nevada: NRS 133.040
A Last Will does not need to be filed with the court until the testator passes away. In the state of Nevada, the executor must file the Will with the probate court within 30 days after the death of the testator. Filing the document (in addition to any specific forms required by the county) initiates the probate process.