Nevada Intestacy Laws
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Nevada's Intestacy Laws

If you die without a valid will while residing in the State of Nevada, you are said to have died "intestate."  In order to determine who will receive your property if you die intestate, the State of Nevada has established a number of laws (known as "intestacy laws" or "laws of intestate succession.") The primary statutes comprising these intestacy laws, or laws of intestate succession, are set forth below. For a more complete list, see Nevada Intestacy Laws | Intestate Succession statutes.

 

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS

NRS 134.005  Applicability of chapter as between spouses with premarital agreement.  The provisions of this chapter do not apply to the extent that they are inconsistent with the provisions of a premarital agreement which was executed by the decedent and the surviving spouse of the decedent and which is enforceable pursuant to chapter 123A of NRS.
 

NRS 134.010  Vesting upon death of spouse; applicability of chapter only to separate property.  If a decedent leaves a surviving spouse:

      1.  Community property with right of survivorship vests in accordance with the right of survivorship;

      2.  All other community property vests as provided in NRS 123.250; and

      3.  The provisions of this chapter apply only to the separate property of the decedent.

    

SEPARATE PROPERTY

NRS 134.030  Descent and distribution.  If a decedent dies intestate and has title to any estate which is the separate property of the decedent and which is not otherwise limited by contract, the estate descends and must be distributed, subject to the payment of the debts of the decedent, in the manner provided in NRS 134.040 to 134.120, inclusive.


NRS 134.040  Surviving spouse and issue.

      1.  If the decedent leaves a surviving spouse and only one child, or the lawful issue of one child, the estate goes one-half to the surviving spouse and one-half to the child or the issue of the child.

      2.  If the decedent leaves a surviving spouse and more than one child living, or a child and the lawful issue of one or more deceased children, the estate goes one-third to the surviving spouse and the remainder in equal shares to the children and the lawful issue of any deceased child by right of representation.


NRS 134.050  Surviving spouse and no issue; no surviving spouse or issue but parent.

      1.  If the decedent leaves no issue, the estate goes one-half to the surviving spouse, one-fourth to the father of the decedent and one-fourth to the mother of the decedent, if both are living. If both parents are not living, one-half to either the father or the mother then living.

      2.  If the decedent leaves no issue, or father or mother, one-half of the separate property of the decedent goes to the surviving spouse and the other one-half goes in equal shares to the brothers and sisters of the decedent.

      3.  If the decedent leaves no issue or surviving spouse, the estate goes one-half to the father of the decedent and one-half to the mother of the decedent, if both are living. If both parents are not living, the whole estate goes to either the father or the mother then living.

      4.  If the decedent leaves no issue, father, mother, brother or sister, or children of any issue, all of the separate property of the decedent goes to the surviving spouse.


NRS 134.060  No issue, surviving spouse or parent but sibling.  If there is no issue, surviving spouse, or father or mother, then the estate goes in equal shares to the brothers and sisters of the decedent and to the children of any deceased brother or sister in equal shares, per capita.


NRS 134.070  No issue, surviving spouse or immediate family.  If the decedent leaves no issue, surviving spouse, or father or mother, and no brother or sister living at the time of death, the estate goes to the next of kin in equal degree, except that if there are two or more collateral kindred in equal degree, but claiming through different ancestors, those who claim through the nearest ancestors are preferred to those who claim through ancestors more remote.


NRS 134.080  Unmarried minor decedent without issue or sibling but issue of sibling.  At the death of a child who is under age, who is without issue and who has not been married, all the other children of the parent being also dead, if any of the other children left issue, the estate that came to the child by inheritance from the parent descends to all the issue of the other children of the same parent, and if all the issue are in the same degree of kindred to the child, they are entitled to share the estate equally; otherwise, they are entitled to take according to the right of representation.


NRS 134.085  Unmarried minor decedent without issue but sibling or issue of sibling.  If any person dies leaving several children, or leaving a child and issue of one or more children, and any such surviving child dies under age, without issue and not having been married, all the estate that came to the deceased child by inheritance from the deceased parent descends in equal shares to the other children of the same parent, and to the issue of any other children of the same parent who may have died, by right of representation.


NRS 134.090  No surviving spouse but issue.  If the decedent leaves no surviving spouse, but there is a child or children, the estate, if there is only one child, all goes to that child. If there is more than one child, the estate goes to all the children of the decedent, to share and share alike.


NRS 134.100  No surviving spouse but issue and children of issue.  If the decedent leaves no surviving spouse, but there is a child or children and the lawful issue of a child or children, the estate goes to the child or children and lawful issue of the child or children by right of representation as follows: To the child or children, each a share and to the lawful issue of each deceased child, by right of representation, the same share that the parent would have received if the parent had been living at the time of the death of the decedent.


NRS 134.110  No surviving spouse or issue but children of issue.  If the decedent leaves no surviving spouse, or child or children, but there is the lawful issue of a child or children, all the estate descends and must be distributed to the lawful issue of the child or children by right of representation, and this rule applies to the lawful issue of all such children, and to the lawful issue ad infinitum.


NRS 134.120  Escheat.  If the decedent leaves no surviving spouse or kindred, the estate escheats to the State for educational purposes.


NRS 134.150  Degree of kindred.  The degrees of kindred shall be computed according to the rules of the civil law.


NRS 134.160  Kindred of half blood.  Kindred of the half blood inherit equally with those of the whole blood in the same degree, unless the inheritance comes to the decedent by descent or devise from an ancestor, in which case all those who are not of the blood of the ancestor are excluded from the inheritance.


NRS 134.190  Adopted child.  An adopted child and his adoptive parents or their relatives shall inherit as provided in NRS 127.160.


NRS 134.210  Vesting of estate if both spouses die intestate.  Whenever one spouse dies intestate, leaving heirs, if the other spouse dies intestate after the first spouse, without heirs, leaving property, the estate of the second spouse to die vests in the heirs of the first spouse to die, subject to expenses of administration and payment of legal debts against the estate.

 

 

[Reference - Nevada's Intestacy laws]

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