Who Can Serve As Administrator Of A Nevada Probate Estate?
People who make wills (“also referred to as testator”) usually nominate personal representatives for appointment as executors to manage their probate estates after death or incapacitation. This person is known as the executor of the testator’s probate estate. For those who die intestate (“without a will”), probate courts appoint administrators to perform that function. The term “personal representative” generally refers to either an executor or administrator.
There is little difference besides terminology between an executor nominated by a testator and an administrator appointed by a court except that an administrator from another state must have a Nevada resident appointed by the probate court as co-administrator. There is no such requirement for executors. Executors may handle probate estate assets without surety bonds. Administrators must be bonded, or courts will order them to conduct all estate finances through trust accounts.
Title 12, Chapters 132 through 156, of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) govern probate in Las Vegas on wills and estates of deceased persons. Probate in Las Vegas is the judicial process that transfers property or assets of the deceased to their heirs, beneficiaries, or persons or entities legally entitled to them.
Statutory Disqualifications as Administrator of a Nevada Probate Estate
To qualify for appointment as an estate administrator, a candidate must not be
- “Under the age of majority,”  18 in Nevada,
- “Convicted of a felony unless the court determines that such a conviction should not disqualify,” 
- “Adjudged by the court disqualified [for] conflict of interest, drunkenness, improvidence, or lack of integrity or understanding, 
- A resident of another state except “as co-administrator [with] a resident of the State of Nevada or a banking corporation authorized to do business”  in the state, or
- Except as co-administrator, a banking corporation “not authorized to do business in [the] state.” 
Priority for Appointment as Administrator of a Nevada Probate Estate
Nevada courts grant administration of intestate estates “to one or more of the persons . . . respectively entitled to priority for appointment in the following order” :
- Surviving spouses
- Any other kindred entitled to share in the distribution of the estate
- The public administrator 
- Creditors during the lifetime of the decedent
- Any kindred within the fourth degree of consanguinity
- Persons legally qualified.
All such persons are entitled to appointment if they are residents of the State of Nevada or banking corporations authorized to do business in Nevada or they associate as co-administrators with Nevada residents or with such authorized banking corporations. Personal representatives nominated as executors in wills subject to pending probate petitions should be appointed if “the court in its discretion believes it would be appropriate to make such an appointment.” 
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 NRS § 139.010(1)
 NRS § 139.010(2)
 NRS § 139.010(3)
 NRS § 139.010(4)
 NRS § 139.010(5)
 NRS § 139.040(1)
 “Public administrators may administer on the estates of any deceased persons in any cases where by law they are entitled to administer by virtue of their office. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 253.0403 and 253.0425, public administrators are required to make formal application for letters of administration,” NRS 253.040.1.
 NRS § 139.040(2)