How Long Does the Probate Process Take in Arizona?

If you administering or involved in the probate process for a loved one in Arizona, learn about the factors that influence the time that probate takes.
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Do I need a Living Trust to avoid probate?

Maybe yes, but probably not. The State of Arizona makes it relatively easy for people to pass on their property without expensive trusts or complicated probate procedures. “Beneficiary Deeds” are a tool the legislature has given us to designate death beneficiaries for real estate that would otherwise trigger probate due to the value of the
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My disabled child just turned 18.

You may very well need to be court-appointed to be your child’s guardian, and if the child has a financial estate to speak of then you may also need to be appointed his or her conservator.
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My husband or wife died without a Will.

A deceased person without a Will is “intestate‚” If the decedent had children with a previous husband or wife other than the surviving spouse, those children may have an interest in part of the estate. If the deceased person left property held as joint tenants with right of survivorship (JTWROS) then the surviving joint tenant/s
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Can impaired persons sign Powers of Attorney?

Probably not. To sign Powers of Attorney, a person must have the legal “capacity” to do so. The person needs to understand what he or she is signing and how the document will work to appoint an agent for healthcare or financial decisions. When a person who has dementia is mentally incapacitated beyond a certain
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Does having a Will mean no probate?

When someone dies, whether there is a Will or not does not determine the legal requirement to probate the estate. The technical expression for a deceased person (“decedent”) with a Will is “testate‚” A decedent who died without a Will is called “intestate‚”. The issue of probate is not determined by whether the decedent was
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Do we need to have probate? Maybe not.

Sometimes an estate falls within the legal requirements where probate may not be required, especially when the decedent is survived by a husband or wife.
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How does a family prepare for an elder’s future?

This can be a trick question, and will depend upon whether the elder is mentally-impaired. Often, these conversations are difficult. Learn how we help clients.
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We have opened a probate – Now What?

One of the first surprises to our clients in the opening of a probate is that the money going to the state is only $193.00 for the court's filing fee and perhaps some minimal amounts for certified documents (around $28).
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Ownership of Financial Accounts

Assigning adult children as joint tenants (co-owners) on a parents' bank accounts may not always be beneficial. Sometimes a better alternative may be to use a financial power of attorney.
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