Jonathan Craig Reed
Call about discount on probate and personal injury fees
About Jonathan Craig ReedWe represent people hurt in car accidents, boat accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Two years ago we began a policy of charging only 25% instead of the usual one third (33.33%) or 35% or 40% to represent accident victims if there was a police report that blamed the other side and not them. This discount fee, which you don't pay unless you recover, has been a big success for us and our clients and results in them putting more money in their pockets than they would if they had signed up with a lawyer for the traditional higher fee. This discount fee does not increase if we have to file suit or try your case to get you fair compensation. We also represent victims in other injury cases such as defective products, fall cases, and swimming pool drownings or near drownings.
We also offer low cost, discount fees for uncontested probate through out the state of Nevada. See our probate website, www.probatenevada.net for a detailed discussion of fees we charge for uncontested probates.
Directory Practice Areas
- Legal Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Products Liability
Additional Practice Areas
- Car, Boat, Truck, Motorcycle and Pedestrian Accidents
- Vaccine Injury
- Contingent Fees
- For personal injury, legal malpractice, products liability, boating accidents, wrongful death and brain injury. We offer a low discount 25% contingency fee for favorable police report accident cases (car, boat, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, etc. Favorable police report means that a police report cites someone else for causing the injury and does not cite you for being careless or violating a law that contributed to the accident). For all other personal injury cases, including legal malpractice, our fees are either 33.33% or 40%.
- Free Consultation
- Call me and I'll tell you if I think I can be of help.
- Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
- See our website www.probatenevada.net for probate fees. We consider our firm the high quality, low cost, discount, affordable, Nevada law firm for uncontested probates and we doe uncontested probates throughout the State of Nevada. We selectively accept some will or trust contests on a contingency fee basis; otherwise we handle such cases on an hourly rate. See www.probatenevada.net
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|25% fee if police cite other driver and not you|
|Partner, Reed & Mansfield|
|Four person Las Vegas law firm handling a variety of matters; I handle primarily car, boat, truck and motorcycle accidents, legal malpractice and probate.|
|Solo Practitioner, Law Offices of Jonathan C. Reed|
|Las Vegas law practice with heavy emphasis on personal injury, but also wrote a large number of trusts.|
|Partner, Monsey, Andrews & Reed|
|General practice of law with emphasis on Personal Injury at this Las Vegas law firm.|
|Associate Attorney, Crockett & Myers|
|Practice limited to personal injury at this Las Vegas law firm.|
|Associate Attorney, Rogers, Monsey, Woodbury & Bergreen|
|General practice of Law in Las Vegas, NV, with emphasis on personal injury|
|Judicial Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Wyoming|
|Law Clerk to Justice Robert Rose|
|University of Wyoming College of Law - University of Wyoming||J.D.||Law|
|Honors: Graduated with Honors, Land Editor of the Land and Water Law Review|
|University of Wyoming||M.S.||Zoology|
|Chair, Publications and CLE, Probate Section||State Bar of Nevada||2009-Current|
|Court Appointed Part-Time Arbitrator||Clark County District Court||2008-Current|
|Highest Rating: 10/10, Avvo.com|
|4.4 BV rating, Martindale-Hubbell|
|Chair, Publication Committee, State Bar of Nevada, Trust and Probate Section|
|Member, Nevada Justice Association|
|Member, Las Vegas Rotary West|
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Q. my dad just died and his girlfriend isn't giving my sister & i the lawyers name, what can i do? should i call police?
A: The better bet is spend some time trying to figure out as best you can what you think your father's assets were. Then call some probate attorneys near where your father lived. Many probate attorneys will talk to you on the phone for a few minutes for free to see if you have a probate case they would like and if the attorney is interested you should be able to ask the lawyer questions about fees (which can vary a lot from one lawyer to another.)
Q. If deed is Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship and a will divides property differently, which takes presidence?
A: Usually the deed. However, there can be exceptions under state law--probate is almost all state law rather than federal law--so you would have to consult with an Alabama attorney to see if there might be an exception to the general rule that the deed controls.
Q. It's been almost four years a legal team been working on a probate house. Is this normal or should I be worried?
A: Most probates don't last that long. But, when they do, it is usually not the lawyers' fault. It is impossible from a description that will fit into a question on this forum for another lawyer reading the question to know why the probate took so long. People understandably get anxious about open ended attorneys' fees. That why in my Nevada probate practice I usually offer my clients an agreed upon fee in advance. But I can only do this in uncontested cases and in cases where I have considered the issues that are likely to arise and know from my experience, the case is unlikely to turn into a four year project. Occasionally a client comes to me with a probate that I know has the potential to drag out and will only offer an hourly rate in such a case.
Q. No will does the court assign a. Lawyer or I must find one
A: The court does NOT automatically step in and hire a probate lawyer when someone dies. Many people die without there being any need for probate. People who are entitled to inherit in the absence of a will must hire a lawyer and initiate the probate process.
Q. Is there a way the executor of a will can avoid paying a bond to discharge the duties of the office of representation?
A: This varies from state to state and I don't know the answer in Illinois. In Nevada where I practice if the personal representative needs a bond, that can be avoided by using the attorney's trust account, so if that were also the case in Illinois, saving the cost of a bond might offset somewhat the cost of hiring a probate lawyer.
Q. Title to house was joint tenants, mom and son. Mother died. Does house need to go to probate?
A: If the house was properly titled to mom and son as joint tenants, the house won't need to be probated. Check with a Missouri probate or real estate attorney to see if it was properly titled as joint tenants and have the lawyer draft an affidavit of death of joint tenant or other document to make title official solely in the son. Usually, an original will should be filed by the person in possession of it and usually delay in filing the original will does not have any bad consequences as long as no one was harmed by the delay in filing and there was no intent to defraud anyone. But, again, please check with a Missouri lawyer.
Q. My mother passed in 7/2014 my niece has taken over the property and her name was in my mothers bank accounts.
A: Most probate attorneys will give you a free phone consultation. If the niece was a joint owner of the bank account or a payable on death beneficiary of the bank account, the niece would normally get the bank account proceeds. The county recorder where your mother's house is located may have a public website that shows ownership by address and name. You could check and see if the house was solely in your mother's name (probate required) or in joint tenancy with your mother and niece. But again, call some probate attorneys in the area your mother was a resident and you will probably get some quick free consults (and cost estimates if you want to hire someone). A lawyer can give much more advice in a five minute conversation than by spending five minutes typing in an answer. But, don't call me because I am not licensed to practice in Minnesota; call someone local in Minnesota. Personally, I would rather talk to someone on the phone for a few minutes to see if my representing them would be of mutual benefit than make an in person appointment. So your being in P.R. should not be a problem in terms of talking to a few Minn. lawyers.
Q. have a lawsuit from accident lousy lawyer if I ask for my case file will this terminate our contract
A: The worst case scenario for you is that you fire the present lawyer who then puts a lien on the file and you have trouble getting a new lawyer because of the first lawyer's lien. Your best bet is to consult another Arizona personal injury lawyer and see if you can line up a different Arizona personal injury lawyer interested in taking over your case and dealing with the potential lien issue.
Q. Is Personal Injury only limited to transportation accidents?
A: "Personal Injury" means injury to the person. For example, food poisoning, (although often hard to prove) is a personal injury claim not involving transportation. So are defective manufactured products even if they are not involved in transportation.
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