Tales of Horror from the CRYPT, uh, Probate Court.

As an attorney in Nevada, I’m required to take 12 hours annually of continuing legal education classes to maintain my license. I recently attended an 8-hour wills, trusts and probate class to knock out a good chunk of my requirements for the year. The instructor was very critical of attorneys that push living trusts going so far as to say that they are unnecessary for most people. While he was correct for very low asset estates, he was wrong as for most Americans. This is when I realized that he was primarily a probate attorney. Probate is a time consuming …