Administering Estates

The Clark County Public Administrator's Office provides probate administration services.  The office does not have attorneys on staff to provide legal forms or legal advice. Therefore, if you need guidance to handle the personal or real property of a decedent, the Public Administrator can recommend the following:

Seek the advice of an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Nevada and one who is experienced in the practice of Probate Law.
  • If you are a senior citizen, you may want to contact the Senior Law Project to see if that organization can provide the assistance you may need.

Visit the Eighth Judicial District Court's Probate Court web page and review the Synopsis of Probate Law and the other resources provided on that website.

  • You may benefit from contacting these organizations directly and asking for their requirements to close accounts or to direct benefits where no beneficiary or pay upon death (POD) recipient was previously named by the decedent, etc.
  • If these organizations require Court-issued legal documents, such as Letters of Administration or Letters of Testamentary, the services and advice of an attorney would be advisable.
  • Some property may be eligible to donate, sell or auction depending on the overall value of the estate, the value of the items, and whether or not there are outstanding debts of the decedent still owing. 
  • It may be possible for familiy members to retain certain items of sentimental value if those items do not also have a monetary value to the estate that would otherwise be needed to apply toward priority administrative costs and/or prirority creditors.

Debts, Expenses and Liabilities: 
If the decedent died with assets and debts, there may be an obligation to provide for the decedent's debts from the assets. This may also include tax liabilities and obligations to the IRS. 

We highly recommend that you:

  • Seek the advice of an attorney.
  • Seek the advice of a CPA who is familiar with Probate Taxes.