The loss of a loved one is a difficult time for a family and attempting to distribute their estate alone can prove to be unduly burdensome on a family. Probate is the legal process used to administer an estate once someone has passed. Probate is technically defined as the process used to validate a person’s last will and testament. If there is no will to determine who is entitled to appointment as Personal Representative and who the rightful heirs are then the court will appoint a personal representative and determine heirs based on the Arizona intestacy statutes.
The probate process can be either formal, informal or supervised. The court, based on the documentation and/or testimony provided, will appoint a Personal Representative and issue testamentary letters to that person to allow them to begin estate administration. Estate administration involves more than the distribution of assets. It will require dealing with creditors, paying bills, in some instances filing taxes, and locating assets and heirs.
It is important to note that not all wills need to be probated. In certain circumstances probate can be avoided all together under the Arizona small estate statutes. It is important to determine what the best route for your situation will be.
To learn more about the probate process please contact Hindo Law Group, PLLC at (602) 377-9369 to set up a free consultation.
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