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How Does the Probate Process Start in Arizona?

Many individuals are under the mistaken impression that creating a will is all they need to do to pass on assets after death. On the contrary, when a property owner dies, assets typically go through something called probate. A court-supervised process, probate involves proving that the deceased’s will is authentic and then carrying out their wishes as requested. Additionally, the…

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Does Property Transferred by Will Avoid Probate?

It’s natural to want to avoid the stress and inconvenience of probate. However, individuals aren’t always clear on how to expedite the transfer of assets to their beneficiaries. In particular, people may assume that they can avoid probate entirely by writing a will to transfer property. Wondering how to save your loved ones time and money after you’re gone? Keep…

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How Long Does Probate Take Without a Will?

You probably know that creating a will is one of the best ways to ensure your last wishes are honored with regard to the disposition of property and assets, funeral planning, and more. However, you might not realize that writing a will can also save your loved ones time and money after you’re gone. In fact, those who pass on…

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Do I Need a Lawyer for Probate?

With close to three million people dying in the U.S. each year, many families come face to face with the reality of life without their loved one as well as the legal and family struggles that often come with legally distributing their estate. Following the death of a loved one, family members and friends should be focusing on mourning the…

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Starting Probate Without Meeting Your Attorney in Person

If you’re starting the probate process, then the odds are good you have a lot of questions. Those who are new to probate may wonder what steps are involved, how long the process takes to complete, and whether you will be expected to deal with creditors. Additionally, those participating in probate may be concerned about whether they need to meet…

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Who Has Power of Attorney After Death if There’s No Will?

If you recently lost a friend or loved one, then you’re probably more focused on grieving your loss than dealing with the estate. However, there are certain legal matters that need to be dealt with, and the situation is more complicated if the deceased neglected to grant someone power of attorney or appoint an estate representative before their passing. At…

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What Does a Probate Lawyer Do for You?

Anyone who’s gone through probate knows that it can be slow and stressful. Fortunately, hiring a probate lawyer can help expedite and streamline the process, while ensuring you receive everything that’s due you. From preparing filings to ensuring assets are distributed according to the deceased’s will, a knowledgeable probate attorney can help resolve your family’s estate more efficiently and with…

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What to Do After a Loved One Dies of Coronavirus in Arizona

We’re all living through an unprecedented time in world history. Since first appearing in China near the end of last year, the COVID-19 outbreak has grown into a global pandemic. As confirmed cases of the virus continue to rise, the once-theoretical mortality rate is becoming a heart-breaking reality for tens of thousands of families.  At JacksonWhite Law, our sympathies go…

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How Ancillary Probate Works in Arizona

Ancillary probate is an additional probate process that is required when the deceased owns property or assets in multiple states upon time of death. It is important to note that the ancillary probate laws that apply to real estate property depend on where the estate is located, not where the state where the deceased person died. The most common reason…

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Creditors Can Sue an Arizona Estate to Recover Unpaid Bills

Most people have some kind of debt, whether it’s from a credit card, a car loan, or a mortgage. When someone passes on, their estate must pay for those debts if creditors file a claim to get their money. The personal representative (executor) must address beneficiaries’ rights and creditor claims when they administer the estate. According to Arizona law, they…

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