Law Firm Expected to Take on Probate Role
to Help Victims of Vegas Shooting
Victims and their families encouraged to file a creditor’s claim
LAS VEGAS – A Southern Nevada law firm is expected to be appointed tomorrow, October 12, 2017
, to oversee the distribution of funds from the Las Vegas shooter’s estate to benefit the victims.
Attorney Jonathan Barlow of Clear Counsel Law Group has submitted the petition to administer the estate of Stephen Paddock. The petition was accepted by the Clark County court clerk this afternoon and Mr. Barlow is expected to be appointed to probate the estate. The estate is being opened in order to collect and preserve the shooter’s assets for the victims. Clear Counsel Law Group anticipates that, to the extent possible, the estate will be distributed, as directed by the courts, to benefit the victims of the shooting, which took place on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev.
The probate process, which can take several months or longer, aims to identify, preserve, and liquidate all of the shooter’s assets. The value of Paddock’s estate has not yet been determined. Once the assets are collected, the court will oversee the distribution of the assets in accordance with the law, including to the victims and their families.
“We are part of the Southern Nevada community and were devastated to hear about the shooting that effected our community, friends, family and neighbors,” said Jordan Flake, Managing Partner with Clear Counsel Law Group. “Like so many in our community, we wanted to help. When we were asked to handle the probate, our firm decided that taking this difficult case would be the best way to provide a needed service for our community by using our experience with local probate law to support victims and their families.”
The probate process provides an opportunity for creditors of an estate to seek compensation. Clear Counsel will facilitate the probate process for the estate, but the court will ultimately determine where the funds go.
“It is imperative that the victims do not file a separate lawsuit against the estate,” said Flake. “Under Nevada law, in order to recover, victims must file a claim in the probate case, not in a separate lawsuit.”
Clear Counsel Law Group is encouraging victims and their families to file creditor’s claims within a 90-day claim period so that they are eligible for compensation.
“The beginning of the 90-day period will be determined at a later time, but will most likely be in mid-to-late November,” continued Flake. “We recommend that individuals who may have claims talk to an experienced Nevada probate lawyer, other than Clear Counsel per the law, as they go through the process.”
More information regarding the claim process, and the claim form, is available atwww.clearcounsel.com.
About Clear Counsel Law Group
Clear Counsel Law Group is a Southern Nevada law firm which focuses on personal injury law, estate planning, probate, and bankruptcy. The firm was founded in 2013 when the attorneys at Barlow/Flake and the attorneys at Richards and Associates joined their firms together in an effort to offer more comprehensive services to their clients. Clients come to Clear Counsel for fair, approachable, efficient and affordable legal assistance from attorneys and staff that care about their clients and their community and fight for positive outcomes for each and every client.
For Immediate Release: October 11, 2017
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