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Can an Estate Be Settled Without Probate in Arizona?

Probate is the court proceeding in which a representative of the deceased is appointed to handle the deceased’s estate. Along with distributing assets, this representative is charged with paying off the estate’s debts. Although probate can be stressful and expensive however, not all estates need to go through this process. If the estate is small enough, probate can often be…

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How to Become Executor of Estate After Death

An estate’s personal representative is the individual appointed by a probate judge to handle an estate’s affairs. Their responsibilities will include gathering the decedent’s assets, settling their liabilities, distributing remaining assets to beneficiaries, and ultimately closing the estate. If the decedent names a personal representative in their last will and testament, they’re referred to as an executor. If the decedent…

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What Happens If an Estate is Not Closed?

It can be emotionally challenging for families to close a loved one’s estate when they pass away. Sorting through their personal possessions, accessing their private accounts, and handling their assets is frequently delayed until the family has had time to mourn and process their loss. While the law provides time to accommodate for this, there can be significant repercussions for…

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How Long Can an Estate Stay in Probate?

When someone dies, their beneficiaries have up to two years to open probate. Once probate is opened, there aren’t any time limits that will cause the case to expire. A probate judge may issue deadlines to hold the estate’s executor responsible, but the court will generally allow a reasonable amount of time for the executor to handle the estate’s affairs….

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How to Find Out if an Estate is in Probate in Arizona

If you are an interested party (beneficiary) to an estate, you should receive a notice when probate is opened for the estate. The initial notice usually includes a waiver of notice of probate of a will, along with copies of the will and other relevant documents. If you have not received a notice, it either means that probate hasn’t been…

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How to Start Probate for an Estate

In the state of Arizona, most probate cases are considered “informal.” With informal probate, the estate’s personal representative (also known as the executor) is authorized to probate the estate without court supervision. As long as nobody contests the will or objects to the personal representative’s actions, the court’s only involvement will be to open probate and close the estate when…

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