Named Top Lawyers in Las Vegas by Greenspan Media Group/Vegas, Inc., and Desert Companion
Our firm consists of a family of four attorneys: Jonathan Reed and Lorraine Mansfield, husband and wife and Douglas and Daniel Reed, son. All of us are licensed in Nevada and all but Lorraine also in California. In addition, Daniel is licensed in Arizona. All of our work is done by attorneys, not paralegal or secretaries or "case managers." We have a small case load per attorney so that we can give excellent service on each case. If you hire us, all but Lorraine will give you our personal cell phone number to make it easy for you to contact us with any questions or concerns. At the present time we are taking only uncontested probate cases which we do at a discount to the statutory attorneys' fees allowed, although we will be glad to refer you to another lawyer if you have a contested case
Please click on the "Probate" link in the top menu bar for detailed information regarding our competitive probate-related fees and services.
You will not see us advertising on TV or road-side billboards because we keep our overhead low so that we are able to compete based on price as well as quality. If you come to our office you will see that we do not waste money on fancy decorations, marble floors, etc. If you hire us you will deal directly with a licensed attorney, not staff.
Our Las Vegas, Nevada, based law firm drafts wills, trusts, and handles uncontested probate cases anywhere in Nevada. We handle uncontested probate cases with an estate value over $400,000 anywhere in California, also at a discount to the statutory allowed California attorney fees for probates. Our office is located on West Sahara between Rainbow and Jones, a short drive from many neighborhoods in Las Vegas including Summerlin and Peccole Ranch.
It is our goal to be not only affordable, discount lawyers for uncontested probates, but to be the high quality, low cost probate attorneys in Nevada for unconstested probates. A death in the family is hard enough without worrying about whether a lawyer is charging you too much for probate. There is no reason why almost all uncontested probates cannot be handled in an enconomical fashion with the attorney fees negotiated in advance. We welcome questions about probate fees and discuss them in this website.
We do probates of all sizes from timeshare probates in which the estate is worth only a few thousand dollars to mulit-million dollar estates.
This is one of two of our main websites. Because of many technical issues involving Probate, Trusts and Wills, we decided to host a website exclusively devoted to these topics. Our other accident case focused website is: www.accidentawardslasvegas.com. It describes our personal injury practice involving car accidents, boat accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, swimming pool accidents, injuries from defective products, vaccine injuries, and legal and medical malpractice.
Any Nevada licensed attorney can legally do a Nevada probate. Why should you hire a lawyer who has experience in probate and a large probate practice?
Statutes are often open to different interpretations. Because Nevada has a small population there may be no published court opinions on the meaning of a statute. Lawyers who regularly practice probate in Nevada know how the Nevada probate judges and commissioners interpret the statutes. Other lawyers don't. For example, N.R.S. 146.070(1) provides that if the estate is not larger than $100,000, it must be set aside to the surviving spouse and/or minor children after deducting "such payments as may be deemed just." Are valid creditor's claims "just?" You can't tell from the statute. From our practice we know the answer is NO. In other words in this situation creditors' claims (unless secured) are cut-off.
We also have experience in getting creditor's claims reduced.
Since we know probates well we can move your case faster than a competitor who is learning as they go or farming some of the work out to a probate paralegal. We pride ourselves on moving our probate cases as quickly as we can. Fortunately, in Clark County, Nevada (home of Las Vegas) the probate court fast tracks uncontested probates. So, if the lawyer hustles, the probate can be done as quickly as the law allows. In other jurisdictions, such as Washoe County (home of Reno) and many of the California counties, even uncontested probate cases can jam up waiting for court dates, no matter how diligent the lawyer is. Of course, the more jammed up a court is, the longer will be the delay caused by an inexperienced lawyer's mistake. And, of course, one of the bad things about hiring an attorney on hourly rate--we work on a flat rate for uncontested probates--is that the less a lawyer knows, the more hours he or she bills to get the job done.
Can we be both good and cheap?
We only offer discount probate fees for uncontested probates. Uncontested probates are statistically unlikely to have a lot of unanticipated problems. Therefore, we can give you a flat dollar fee, or a fee tied to the size of the estate that is a discount fee (compared to what lawyers would charge you on an hourly basis or on a percentage basis) so you don't have to worry about some lawyer charging you a high hourly rate that rewards the lawyer's inefficiency or inexperience. Also, if we agree on a flat fee or a fee tied to the total assets you will know we have no incentive to drag things out. Unfortunately, for contested probates it is not possible to quote a flat fee or fee that is a percentage of the estate.
In addition, we keep our overhead very low. We don't have a fancy office. We attorneys answer the phone ourselves. We spend very little on advertising. We don't accept credit cards because we would have to give at least 3% of anything put on a card to the credit card company. We pass the savings on to you.
In 2015 Lionel Sawyer, once Nevada's largest law firm with impressive offices on the top two floors of a downtown skyscraper, filed for bankruptcy, according to a February 4, 2015, article in the Las Vegas Review Journal. Also, in the same year, according to a July 27, 2015, article in the Las Vegas Sun, the large Las Vegas law firm Gordon and Silver vacated a very luxurious approximately 54,000 square foot office occupying the top three floors of a nine story building in the Hughes Center for a less fancy space of 2,888 square feet. Fancy offices require that clients pay a lot in fees. Sometimes lawyers can deliver value for those high fees, but increasingly with the internet and a larger lawyer population, clients are demanding value, not impressive offices.
Finally, we only practice in a very few areas of law where we have learned to navigate efficiently.
How can you trust us to do a great job for you?
What Counties and Cities do We do Uncontested Probates in?
We do uncontested probates in all 17 Nevada Counties: Carson City (It's both a city and a county), Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe, and White Pine Counties. Nevada's principal cities are: Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, North Las Vegas, Reno, Sparks, Mesquite, Pahrump, Fallon, Minden, Elko, Goldfield, Eureka, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Pioche, Yerington, Hawthorne, Tonopah, Lovelock, Virginia City and Ely.
We do uncontested probates in all California Counties for estates over $300,000. We offer a 10% discount off the statutory California attorney fee schedule which very, very few attorneys discount from. Unfortunately, we only do California uncontested California probates if the estate is over $300,000.
By the way, California court fees--fees you have to pay to the Court--for probates are much higher in California than in Nevada. California also requires the paid services of a probate referee. Total out of pocket costs (not counting lawyer fees) on a $400,000 estate we recently did in California were well over $2,000 while in Nevada we would expect costs of about $800 on an estate of that size in Las Vegas and, perhaps, a few hundred dollars more in some other Nevada counties where the costs of publication are much higher.