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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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Buying Probate Property at Less Than Market Value in Arizona

Buying probate property is very different from buying traditional real estate. Probate properties typically belong to a deceased person’s estate and tend to be sold for less than market value. Since probate property is considered an asset, it must go through probate court along with other items left behind by the decedent.  While any asset from an estate (like collectibles,…

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What To Do When A Loved One Dies

Make Funeral Arrangements Did your loved one already make arrangements or leave instructions?  An experienced funeral director can be very helpful and offer a variety of helpful services, including obtaining death certificates (usually between 5 and 10 are needed). Send Out Notifications of the Death Family & Friends  Note: Failure to notify even a distant or estranged family member can…

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After Death Checklist Of Responsibilities

When a loved one dies, the last thing on your mind is how to settle their estate. Once you’ve taken the time to grieve, the task of handling their final affairs can be daunting, especially when it involves probate. As you navigate your way through process of closing accounts, settling liabilities and transferring assets, use this as a checklist to…

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How To Transfer a Deed of House After Death

When someone passes away, all of their assets will need to legally transfer to their beneficiaries and legal heirs. Most assets can easily transfer to beneficiaries outside of probate, but transferring real estate can be tricky. The process of transferring the deed of a house will hinge on how the house is titled. The first step is usually to procure…

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What Does Undisposed Mean in Probate?

The term “undisposed” can have several meanings in probate cases depending on the context. “Undisposed assets” typically refer to estate property that wasn’t bequeathed in the decedent’s will, while an “undisposed estate” usually means an estate that hasn’t been probated. In both cases, the term “undisposed” isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Undisposed assets that aren’t covered in the will may…

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How to Value Personal Property for Probate

In probate proceedings, the decedent’s assets can be lumped into two categories: real property and personal property. Real property includes any type of real estate, such as a house, condo, or land. Personal property generally refers to any other type of property that a person or estate may own. Personal property can include tangible assets like vehicles, art, jewelry, and…

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Do I Need to Probate If My Husband Dies?

If your husband left a will, you’re legally obligated to submit his will to the county probate court, though you’re not necessarily required to petition to open probate when you submit the document to the court. The question of whether or not probate is necessary will largely depend on the assets he left behind, and whether or not there are…

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What Assets Must Go Through Probate?

Probate is the legal process through which a decedent’s will is validated, liabilities are settled, assets are distributed to beneficiaries, and the estate is formally closed. While probate is undeniably important, it can be time consuming and costly. Fortunately, only a handful of assets are subject to probate. With proper estate planning, most (if not all) assets can be positioned…

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