Guidance Through Probate And Estate Administration

We strive to find a resolution that works for you at ANDERSEN PLLC. Our attorneys are dedicated to finding a solution that not only addresses your concerns but solves your problems.

Probate law in Scottsdale and throughout Arizona is complicated. We understand what steps to take to protect your rights and to help you find a real solution. Our knowledge of the law does not take away from our ability to provide compassion to you and your family. Life is difficult and often emotional during these times. We are here to handle the probate process so you can look after your loved ones.

What Is Probate Or Estate Administration?

Probate or "estate administration" is the process of wrapping up a deceased individual's personal business and transferring assets to his or her beneficiaries or heirs. Estates can be administered by the court or without court involvement. The level of court involvement required depends upon a variety of factors.

If you were to die without any estate planning documents or with just a will, it is very likely that a court would administer your estate. Probate is a proceeding in court to determine several factors. If there is a will in place:

  • Is it validly executed?
  • Who should administer the estate?
  • Who are the beneficiaries of the will?
  • Are there any creditors of the deceased?

If there is no will in place, a probate is required to:

  • Determine who are the statutory heirs of the deceased.
  • Who should administer the estate?
  • What are the assets belonging to the estate?

A probate is required when a person dies either with will (testate) or without a will (intestate) and having assets that require court approval to transfer. However, if an estate owns (less than $75,000 in personal property, including bank accounts, or with real estate valued at less than $100,000), there are streamlined procedures in place to avoid large court costs and allow a speedier transfer of property.

Our Role In This Process

As your lawyers, we will be involved as you need us to be. We will explain to you the process and what steps we are taking to manage the estate according to your loved one's wishes. We will guide you through this process and make sure everything is handled with respect and in accordance with the law. If disputes arise, we are fully capable to advocate on your behalf in negotiations or at trial.

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