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Effective Guidance Throughout A Complicated Process
In Arizona, a personal representative is the person nominated to administer a deceased person’s estate; in some states, the personal representative is also known as an executor. The role of personal representative can be stressful, complicated and sometimes confusing, even for the most resourceful individual. The requirements of the position, as well as the expectations of the administration process, are further complicated by the emotional stresses of losing a loved one.
Understanding The Probate Process
Probate is the general term for the legal process of settling the terms of a deceased person’s estate and facilitating the transfer of certain assets. Probate is a way of proving the terms of a valid will and determining which individuals are the rightful beneficiaries of the decedent’s property and assets. The probate process also facilitates the intestacy laws of Arizona, which are essential in administering the estate of a person who died without a will. Depending on the complexity of the circumstances, probate may take a minimum of several months to a few years.
Probate serves as a way to pay any taxes and debts that may have resulted from the death of the decedent or the transferring of his/her property to the beneficiaries. Probate can establish a payment system for any outstanding debt or taxes from the decedent’s estate and sets a deadline in which all claims made by creditors must be filed. It is the personal representative’s responsibility to manage both the assets and debts of the decedent; however, the personal representative and beneficiaries are never personally responsible for the debts of the decedent or the estate.
Let Us Help You Through The Probate Process
At Lincoln & Wenk, PLLC, our firm understands how to be of most help to those facing the prospect of having to probate a loved one’s estate. No one should have to go through the probate process without experienced guidance there to help them. Our firm has more than 25 years of combined experience helping people through the most challenging situations. We can help you understand and effectively navigate the probate process.
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Consult With An Experienced Estate Planning Attorney
Our lawyers can help you probate a will efficiently and effectively. Turn to Lincoln & Wenk, PLLC, for experienced guidance throughout the probate process. To schedule an initial consultation, call 623-536-5500 or contact us online.