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You've got 3 main options

Option 1: Get an attorney

You will save a ton of money using our service rather than an attorney!

Why would you pay high priced attorney fees for Probate? If all interested parties agree on the appointment of the Personal Representative and the distribution of property, and you just need someone to take care of the paper work then skip down to option 3.

Option 2: Do It Yourself

If you have obtained a "Do-It-Yourself Package" you know that the process and completing the forms is not as easy as some folks will have you believe! This is a detail driven process that is controlled by the Arizona Probate Code adapted from the Uniform Probate Code. We can prepare, file, track deadlines and distribute the assets in about 4 to 6 months.

We complete this process many times every year! We've been doing it since 1992.

Option 3: Use a Paralegal Certified By The Supreme Court of Arizona

IT'S A 5 STEP PROCESS

STEP 1 OPEN PROBATE

Gather information from you and prepare the documents.

We make sure that all interested parties obtain copies of all the documents they are entitled to receive according to the Arizona Probate Code so you don't have to worry!

Here are the documents we prepare in Step 1

  • Application for Informal Appointment of Personal Representative
  • General Orders to Personal Representative
  • Acceptance of Appointment of Personal Representative
  • Notice of Appointment of Personal Representative
  • Letters of Personal Representative
  • Renunciation of Right of Appointment of Personal Representative
  • Verified Statement

These documents will be prepared in duplicate.The originals are filed with the Court and one set goes to you after they have been date stamped. We will obtain a certified copy of the Letters which gives the Personal Representative the authority to act on behalf of the Estate.

PERSONALIZED and PROFESSIONAL FORMS NOT CHECK THE BOXES

Our documents are not fill in the blank forms or check the box forms. They are personalized to your case and do not contain any extraneous information that does not apply to your particular case. Our documents are on pleading paper just like the paper a lawyer would use if you chose to use a lawyer.

Please Click Here for a sample probate pleading (PDF)

WE DELIVER THE DOCUMENTS TO THE COURT FOR YOU SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO RUN ALL OVER TOWN!

STEP 2 NOTICE

We will handle publishing a Notice in the newspaper and make sure that the Court receives an Affidavit as proof of publication!

We make sure all interested parties receive a Notice of Informal Appointment!

Here are the documents we prepare in Step 2

  • Proof of Mailing Notice of Informal Appointment
  • Notice to Creditors (for publishing)
  • Notice to Creditors (for mailing)
  • Proof of Mailing Notice to Creditors
  • Affidavit of Publication of Notice to Creditors

We will also send a Notice to all known creditors, if any, and make sure the Court receives proof of that Notice!

STEP 3 INVENTORY

WE PREPARE AN INVENTORY OF THE ASSETS AND DEBTS OF THE ESTATE

Here are the documents we prepare in Step 3

  • Inventory and Appraisement
  • Proof of Mailing Inventory and Appraisement

This is an essential step in the process. Any missed step may cause serious delays in finalizing your Probate!

STEP 4 DISTRIBUTION

When will the property be distributed?

Four months from the first date of publication you may begin the distribution of the Estate so long as there are no creditors making a claim on the Estate. We will prepare and file the Proposal for Distribution, mail copies to interested parties, prepare and file the Deed of Distribution and record it with the Recorder's Office.

Here are the documents we prepare in Step 4

  • Proposal for Distribution
  • Proof of mailing Proposal for Distribution
  • Instrument or Deed of Distribution

STEP 5 CLOSING THE ESTATE

The Judge will sign the closing documents approxinately one year from the date that we lodge the Closing Statement and you will receive the signed Certificate of Registrar in the mail. This document releases you from your duties as Personal Representative and Probate is complete at that point.

Here are the documents we prepare in Step 5

  • Closing Statement
  • Waiver of Accounting
  • Application for Certificate of Registrar
  • Certificate of Registrar

Call us for an appointment now at (520) 327-4000, or go to our contacts page on this website and set your own appointment. We will contact you to confirm it right away.

Simple or Complex Probate

Simple Probate is in Pima County only, 4 Interested Parties or less, 1 piece of real property and 1 personal property (example Bank Accounts).

Complex Probate is any Arizona County, more than 1 piece of real property and more than 1 piece of personal property, and more than 4 interested parties.