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Probate Lawyers in Arizona

Assisting Clients Navigate the Complex Probate Process

After a loved one passes away, the next step is to settle their estate. In cases where the assets total under $100,000, the decedent’s estate may be reasonably easy to administer. However, unlike smaller estates, an estate that contains a significant amount of assets may take longer to settle, forcing family members and other beneficiaries to wait for necessary financial resources.

Because probate law can be overly complex, it is always best to hire an experienced probate attorney to help you navigate the court system to help you resolve your legal matters. Our law firm has highly experienced probate lawyers who can assist you with various probate matters, including probate litigation, administration, and other aspects of your probate case.

Contact the AVID Esq. Group, LLC of Arizona, and ask to schedule a free consultation to discuss your needs and explore your legal options.

What is the Arizona Probate Process?

Arizona state law stipulates that after a person dies, their estate must go through probate. The probate process confirms the validity of the deceased person’s will so their estate can be distributed to their heirs and other beneficiary designations.

However, if the deceased person did not leave a will detailing their final wishes, they are said to have died intestate. In a case where the deceased left no will, an Arizona probate court will use intestate succession laws to determine which eligible heirs should receive their assets.

However, probate is not always necessary. For example, if the decedent’s estate has less than $100,000 in equity in their home or real estate holdings or less than $75,000 in personal property, probate may not be necessary.

However, due to the complexities associated with probate law and probate administration, it is in your best interests to hire a probate attorney like those of the AVID Esq. Group, LLC, to assist you.

Why Do I Need to Have a Probate Lawyer Help With Probate Administration?

If your deceased loved one’s estate must go through the Arizona probate court, you will need a skilled attorney to assist you with your legal matters. A probate attorney works to assist families in settling the decedent’s estate. One of the most considerable advantages of hiring a probate attorney is they can streamline the typically slow probate process and help clients efficiently navigate through the system.

Some of the most common legal responsibilities that a probate attorney can handle include:

  • Identify and create an inventory of the assets and debts owed by the estate.
  • Ensure that all rightful debts of the deceased person are paid.
  • Oversee all estate property appraisals, including real estate and property taxes.
  • Ensure that all estate and income taxes are paid.
  • Ensure that all life insurance policies are accounted for and paid to beneficiary designations.
  • Prepare and turn in any official estate or legal documents Arizona law requires.

Additionally, a skilled AZ probate attorney can help manage any family disputes that can potentially result in probate litigation between family members or other heirs. Finally, a well-trained probate attorney can also help negotiate agreements between family members to reach a mutual solution.

If you want to learn more about how a probate attorney can oversee probate administration, contact the AVID Esq. Group, LLC of Arizona. A qualified legal team member will gladly sit down with you to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Can Probate Be Avoided in Arizona?

Even though not all estates need to go through probate per Arizona law, living clients can utilize other methods to help reduce the chance of probate after they pass away.

While probate lawyers work to assist clients after their family member has passed away, an estate planning attorney works to help living clients plan for the future.

As a result, one of the simplest methods to avoid probate involves estate planning. Through careful planning, an individual can write a will expressing their final wishes and how their assets should be distributed. Additionally, an estate planning attorney can advise clients regarding asset protection, tax planning, creating and overseeing trust administration, and other individual estate planning needs.

Nevertheless, even though estate planning law is designed to help individuals protect their family members after their death, it is often underused by Arizona residents. However, just as the probate lawyers of the AVID Esq. Group, LLC can help with probate, our estate planning attorneys can also help clients with personalized estate planning that protects beneficiaries.

What Are the Benefits of Hiring Your Probate Lawyers to Help Me With Estate Matters?

The AVID Esq. Group, LLC of Arizona, is a law firm dedicated to helping clients resolve their probate matters. Our legal team recognizes that going through the probate process can feel overwhelming, especially if there are unforeseen legal issues or family members cannot agree on how assets should be distributed.

For this reason, our probate and estate planning lawyers are highly trained and have comprehensive experience in handling estate administration. A probate attorney can provide you with solid legal counsel and any other legal services you may need to close the estate.

Our attorneys work hard to ensure that the probate process goes smoothly so that you and other beneficiaries can gain access to the inheritance left to you by your family member.

Our probate attorneys can also assist you with more complex estate matters, such as when a family member contests the will. If a family member decides to contest a will, our probate attorneys can provide the legal representation you need to feel confident in the outcome. Furthermore, we will represent your interests in probate court to protect your rights.

If you have a legal issue regarding probate matters, contact the AVID Esq. Group, LLC of Arizona, at 480-467-5636 and ask to schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential legal options.