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Kirk Kaplan

Kirk Kaplan

Crest Key Legal and Accounting Partners
  • Probate, Estate Planning, Tax Law ...
  • Colorado, Nevada
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Every estate plan will be implemented, even the one you fail to create. Your goal should be to create a plan to speak for you when you cannot toward maintaining harmony among everyone important to you and minimizing the most likely unintended beneficial interest in your estate - lawyers.

I am passionate about helping people create and enforce their estate plan with a focus to exclude lawyer predators. Here is why: My over 20 years of practicing law and accounting has revealed a common theme that runs through all trust litigation--legal formality during incapacity and after death OFTEN UNDERMINES family understandings that predatory lawyers exploit. Failing to account for family understandings many times causes catastrophic plan failures that unintentionally favor a child to the detriment of other children and their attorneys, and usually causes significant financial and psychological strain on all involved. For example, people are surprised to find out provisions in a trust to protect a child from a creditor like a credit card company will be used by that child as a reason not to repay amounts the child owes a parent after the parent dies. Situations like this are addressed in estate plans clients create with me. Attorneys for these children also advocate the anti alienation clause does not apply and therefore should be paid from the trust estate. We address this issue head-in to prevent lawyers from benefiting from your estate.

A significant part of estate planning is helping people discover and address family understandings to eliminate or mitigate family distress after death. Find a firm with litigation and accounting experience that brings strategic and analytical focus to bear dispensing with clutter towards finding solutions with clear direction for your estate plan to mitigate common traps and reduce or eliminate potential challenges so your interests are protected now and in the future.

Practice Areas
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Tax Law
Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Additional Practice Area
  • Trust Litigation
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa and MasterCard Only.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado Supreme Court
ID Number: 28498
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State Bar of Nevada
ID Number: 5685
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  • English
Professional Experience
Senior Associate
Jones Vargas
Estate, Probate and Taxation.
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D. (1996)
Honors: Cum Laude
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Regis University
B.S. (1986) | Accounting and Business Administration
Honors: Cum Laude
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AV Preeminent Rated
Top Lawyer
Desert Companion Magazine
Professional Associations
Colorado Bar Association Public And Legal Services
- Current
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Nevada State Bar  # 5685
- Current
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American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Current
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Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Estate Planning in Nevada
DC Publications
What Do I Do After My Loved One Dies: How To Probate An Estate In Nevada
DC Publication
Speaking Engagements
Sale of Probate Property in Probate, Guardianship and Powers of Attorney, FIRPTA, las Vegas, Nevda
Crest Key Legal and Accounting Sponsored
Best practicus to expedite sales of real property and minimize court involvement.
Probate In Nevada and Foreign Investment In Real Property Transfer Act, Las Vegas
Fidelity National Title Company
Certified Public Accountant
Nevada State Board of Accountancy
Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
13 Questions Answered
Q. With an affidavit of entitlement in Nevada completed and notarized, how do you cash a check made out to the estate?
A: Likely the Affidavit will not be effective with banks, but you could try to ask if they would cash the checks. Try the bank you are currently work with. Or, send the affidavit to each of the issuers of the checks and them to re issue the check in your name. Depending upon the number of checks, this could be tedious and possibly unproductive. If all else fails, then you will likely to have to petition the court to issue special letters of administration, then obtain a tax ID for the estate and open an account with your chosen bank. I know there is a lot of work here, but that is how I understand the process works from all the years I have been probating estates in Nevada. I wish you well.
Q. Need proba need a probate attorney for administrator of will in Fallon Nevada Churchill county
A: I am sorry to hear you lost someone important to you. We handle probates in all 17 counties, including Churchill County, in Nevada for several years and are familiar with local court rules of the Tenth Judicial District Court. Since I am also a CPA, if required, I will actively assist with tax savings planning for the Estate to get more to the heirs. If you become a client, we will share with you our "Probate Road Map" (Nevada Service Mark) timely advising you of critical information I have learned over the 27 years of my practice in probate you need to know and what to expect next. I also for the past three years have provided continuing education classes to non attorney professionals who are involved in probate matters.

Our telephone number is (702) 202-4153. We look forward to speaking to you.
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Q. How to start probate with a will and executor outlined in Nevada, Clark county?
A: In short, if your are a DIYer, you will need to file an opening petition and notice of hearing on a petition. The Court Clerk will issue its version of a Notice of Hearing. You can get forms from Legal Services of Southern Nevada on the first floor of the Regional Justice Center in downtown Las Vegas.

If you are looking for an attorney to assist you, you may want to ask ChatGPT to list qualifications of a probate attorney in Nevada. Once obtained list of qualifications, then call/visit as many number of attorney candidates and sort it out.

I wish you well.
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Contact & Map
Crest Key Legal and Accounting Partners
6980 O'Bannon Drive, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Telephone: (702) 202-4153
Fax: (702) 837-1879
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Saturdays by appointment only.