Everything you need to know about Nevada Form 20, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related NV probate forms.
There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.
Special Administrator Packet is a commonly used form within Nevada. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:
NV Form 20, which may also referred to as Special Administrator Packet, is a probate form in Nevada. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.
Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Special Administrator Packet:
This form pertains to the State of Nevada
The official Nevada source for this form is here.
Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about ’s Form 20 - Special Administrator Packet up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.
Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some Nevada probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.
Fill out all relevant fields in Form 20, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in NV are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!
Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form 20 online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).
Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.
This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.
It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.
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Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.
While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.
Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in Nevada.
The sooner you begin, the faster Nevada can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.
Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?
In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.
Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.
It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in Nevada. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.
If a house in the State of Nevada is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.
If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for Nevada probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local Nevada probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form 20, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.
Special Administrator Packet is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.
It may also be available through some Nevada probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within Nevada.
While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form 20 - Special Administrator Packet f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the Nevada probate court office.
Special Administrator Packet is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any Nevada-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.
NV Form 20, which may also referred to as Special Administrator Packet, is a probate form in Nevada. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.
Form 20 - Special Administrator Packet is a probate form in Nevada.
Nevada has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in Nevada.
During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.
Probate in Nevada, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.
What is probate, exactly?
Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).
All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate.
To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate.
Where can I get help with Probate?
The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice.
You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).
We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!
What does a NV executor or personal representative have to do?
An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone.
The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:
Creating an inventory of all probate assets.
Filling out all necessary forms
Paying off all estate debts and taxes
Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested
And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year.
For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding.
Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Nevada Form 20 - Special Administrator Packet. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.
1 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center PET _____________________________ (Name) _____________________________ (Address) _____________________________ (City, State, Zip Code) _____________________________ (Telephone number/E-mail Address) Petitioner, In Proper Person EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA In the Matter of the Estate of: _______________________________________, Deceased. Case No.: P Dept. No.: PC-1 PETITION FOR SPECIAL LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION 1. Petitioner, (your name) ___________________________________________, (hereinafter “Petitioner”) appearing in Proper Person, respectfully alleges and shows as follows: 2. Petitioner files this request pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 140, and requests that this Court enter an order authorizing the appointment of a Special Administrator over the estate of (name of person who passed away)_______________________________ (hereinafter “Decedent”). 3. Petitioner is the (your relation to the decedent) ___________________ of Decedent, is is not over the age of 18 years of age, is is not a resident of the State of Nevada, and resides at (your address) _____________________________________________________________. A copy of Petitioner’s identification is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 2 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center 4. Decedent, (person who died) __________________________________, died on (day, month, and year of death) ___________________________. A certified copy of Decedent’s death certificate is attached as Exhibit B. 5. The Decedent was at the time of death, a resident of the County of Clark, State of Nevada. Decedent’s estate consists of real and/or personal property, and the exact value and character of said property has not been determined. 6. Decedent knows of no other person authorized to care for the property belonging to the estate. Because there is danger of the property being neglected and greatly damaged, Petitioner requests that an appointment of a special administrator be made to take charge of and care for the property of the estate. 7. Special Administration is needed for the following reason(s): (state why you need to be appointed Special Administrator) ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. 8. Petitioner is willing to act as Special Administrator of the estate to ascertain the assets and protect the same and for the reasons stated in Number 3 above. 9. Petitioner (check one) has has never been convicted of a felony. Petitioner is qualified under NRS 139.010 to serve as Special Administrator of the Estate. / / / / / / 3 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center 10. The names, relationships, ages, and residence addresses of all the devisees, legatees, heirs, and next-of-kin of Decedent, so far as known to Petitioner, are: (You must include the name, relationship, age (if under 18) and address of (1) decedent’s legally married spouse, (2) all decedent’s children; (3) all other devisees, legatees, heirs, and next-of kin. List all persons, regardless of age, even if estranged or out of state. Include all addresses; if unknown, include last known address or state “unknown.”) Name Relationship to Decedent Age (If under 18, list age; if over 18, write “adult.”) Address Check here if you have more people to include, and attach a continuation sheet. 11. The devisees, legatees, heirs, and next-of-kin of Decedent who are listed above either consent to the appointment of Special Administrator, and I have attached the appropriate Nomination of Special Administrator herein; or they have not consented, and an Affidavit in Support of Petition for Order Appointing Special Administrator explaining their lack of consent is herein attached as Exhibit C. / / / / / / 4 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center WHEREFORE, Petitioner prays that he/she be appointed Special Administrator of the Estate of (name of person who passed away) ________________________, deceased, with all liquid assets placed in a blocked account, with authority to take possession of said property, and specifically to: (state actions you plan to take as special administrator) ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. DATED this ______ day of ______________________, 20____. Respectfully submitted, _____________________________ (signature) _____________________________ (Your name) _____________________________ (Your address) _____________________________ (Your city, state, and zip) _____________________________ (Your phone number) _____________________________ (Your email) PETITIONER, IN PROPER PERSON 5 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center VERIFICATION IN SUPPORT OF PETITION FOR SPECIAL LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION STATE OF NEVADA ) )ss COUNTY OF CLARK ) (Your name)________________________, being first duly sworn, declares under penalty of perjury under the law of the State of Nevada that the foregoing and following is true and correct: I am the Petitioner in the above-entitled action. I have read the foregoing Petition for Special Letters of Administration, and know the contents thereof. The Petition is true of my own knowledge except as to those matters that are stated on information and belief, and as to those matters, I believe them to be true. DATED THIS _____ day of _______________, 20___. _____________________________ (Signature) _____________________________ (Your name) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center LETT EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA In the Matter of the Estate of: _______________________________________, Deceased. Case No.: P Dept. No.: PC-1 LETTERS OF SPECIAL ADMINISTRATION On the (insert date of Order Appointing Special Administrator) _____ day of ____________________, 20_____, the Court entered an Order appointing (your name) __________________________________________ as Special Administrator of the Decedent’s Estate. The Order includes: A directive for no bond; A directive for the establishment of blocked accounts; A directive for the posting of bond in the sum of $_______________; or A directive for both the establishment of blocked accounts for sums in excess of $_______________ and the posting of bond in the sum of $_______________. The Special Administrator, having duly qualified, may act and has the authority and duties of Special Administrator. In testimony of which, I have this date signed these Letters and affixed the seal of the Court. CLERK OF COURT By: ____________________________________ Deputy Clerk Date OATH I, (your name) _________________________, whose mailing address is (your address) ____________________________________________________________________, solemnly affirm that I will faithfully perform according to law the duties of Special Administrator and that all matters stated in any petition or paper filed with the Court by me are true of my own knowledge or, if any matters are stated on information and belief, I believe them to be true. ___________________________________________ ADMINISTRATOR SUBSCRIBED AND AFFIRMED before me this _______ day of ____________________, 20____. County of _______________ State of _________ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center _____________________________ (Name) _____________________________ (Address) _____________________________ (City, State, Zip Code) _____________________________ (Telephone number/E-mail Address) In Proper Person EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA In the Matter of the Estate of: _______________________________________, Deceased. Case No.: P Dept. No.: PC-1 NOMINATION OF SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR I, (your name) __________________________, (your relationship to decedent) _________________ of decedent, whose address is (address) _________________________________________________ declare under penalty of perjury that I hereby nominate (name of Petitioner) _____________________, who resides at (Petitioner’s address) _____________________________________________________, to serve as Special Administrator of the Estate of (decedent’s name)___________________________. DATED THIS _____ day of _______________, 20___. Respectfully submitted, _____________________________ (signature) _____________________________ (Your name) 1 of 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center ORDR _____________________________ (Name) _____________________________ (Address) _____________________________ (City, State, Zip Code) _____________________________ (Telephone number/E-mail Address) Petitioner, In Proper Person EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA In the Matter of the Estate of: _______________________________________, Deceased. Case No.: P Dept. No.: PC-1 ORDER APPOINTING SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR Upon submission of a verified Ex Parte Petition for Appointment of Special Administrator and for Issuance of Special Letters of Administration, representing as follows: 1. That Decedent, (name of person who died) ______________________________________, died intestate on the (day, month, and year of death) __________________________, in the County of Clark, State of Nevada. 2. That Decedent was a resident of Clark County, Nevada, at the time of their death. NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that (your name) _________________ __________________________ is appointed as Special Administrator and that Special Letters of Administration be issued, without bond, to the Petitioner, (your name) ________________________, upon taking the oath of office, for the purpose of administering the estate in accordance with 2 of 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 140.040, which provides as follows: NRS 140.040 Powers, duties and immunity from liability for certain claims. 1. A special administrator shall: (a) Collect and preserve for the executor or administrator when appointed all the goods, chattels and receivables of the decedent, and all incomes, rents, issues, profits, claims and demands of the estate. (b) Take charge and management of the real property and enter upon and preserve it from damage, waste and injury. 2. A special administrator may: (a) For all necessary purposes, commence, maintain or defend actions and other legal proceedings as a personal representative. (b) Without prior order of the court, sell any perishable property of the estate, as provided in NRS 148.170 . (c) Exercise such other powers as have been conferred by the order of appointment. (d) Obtain leave of the court to borrow money or to lease or mortgage real property in the same manner as an executor or administrator. 3. A special administrator is not liable: (a) To any creditor on any claim against the estate; or (b) For any claim against the decedent except a claim involving wrongful death, personal injury or property damage if the estate contains no assets other than a policy of liability insurance. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED: (check one box) All moneys received by this estate will be placed in a blocked account until further order by the court and proof of the blocked account shall be filed with the court within thirty (30) days from the date of entry of this court order. All moneys received by this estate will be placed in the attorney’s trust account until further order by the court. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that any settlements of any lawsuits affecting the Decedent’s estate are subject to this court’s approval. DATED this ____ day of ___________, 20_____. _______________________________ DISTRICT COURT JUDGE Respectfully submitted, _____________________________ (signature) _____________________________ (Your name) PETITIONER, IN PROPER PERSON 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center EXHIBIT A (Petitioner’s Identification) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center EXHIBIT B (Death Certificate) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 © 4/11/17 Civil Law Self-Help Center EXHIBIT C (Nominations and/or Affidavits in Support of Petition) County, Nevada Case No. I. Party Information (provide both home and mailing addresses if different) Plaintiff(s) (name/address/phone):Defendant(s) (name/address/phone): Attorney (name/address/phone):Attorney (name/address/phone): II. Nature of Controversy (please select the one most applicable filing type below) Landlord/TenantNegligenceOther Torts Unlawful DetainerAuto Product Liability Other Landlord/TenantPremises Liability Intentional Misconduct Title to Property Other Negligence Employment Tort Judicial ForeclosureMalpractice Insurance Tort Other Title to PropertyMedical/DentalOther Tort Other Real PropertyLegal Condemnation/Eminent DomainAccounting Other Real PropertyOther Malpractice Probate (select case type and estate value) Construction DefectJudicial Review Summary AdministrationChapter 40Foreclosure Mediation Case General AdministrationOther Construction DefectPetition to Seal Records Special AdministrationContract CaseMental Competency Set AsideUniform Commercial CodeNevada State Agency Appeal Trust/ConservatorshipBuilding and ConstructionDepartment of Motor Vehicle Other ProbateInsurance CarrierWorker's Compensation Estate ValueCommercial InstrumentOther Nevada State Agency Over $200,000Collection of AccountsAppeal Other Between $100,000 and $200,000Employment ContractAppeal from Lower Court Under $100,000 or UnknownOther ContractOther Judicial Review/Appeal Under $2,500 Civil WritOther Civil Filing Writ of Habeas CorpusWrit of ProhibitionCompromise of Minor's Claim Writ of MandamusOther Civil WritForeign Judgment Writ of Quo WarrantOther Civil Matters Signature of initiating party or representative Civil WritOther Civil Filing Date Business Court filings should be filed using the Business Court civil coversheet. DISTRICT COURT CIVIL COVER SHEET (Assigned by Clerk's Office) See other side for family-related case filings. Probate TortsReal Property Construction Defect & Contract Judicial Review/Appeal Civil Case Filing Types Nevada AOC - Research Statistics Unit Pursuant to NRS 3.275 Form PA 201 Rev 3.1
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