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Demystifying the Probate Terminology
May 16th, 2023
When an Arizona resident passes away, state laws establish requirements for administration and distribution of the deceased person’s estate. In some (but not all) cases, probate of the estate is necessary. If you lose a loved one, the probate process and terminology can be very confusing. In this article, East Valley probate lawyer Shane Peterson… Read MoreRead More
Steps to Take When a Loved One Dies
January 17th, 2023
The hours, days, and weeks that follow loss of a loved one are a difficult and challenging time. While you focus on the priority of grieving your loss, it can be hard to know what steps to take to settle the estate and when to take them. Getting help from a probate lawyer with estate administration and probate can minimize your burdens and alleviat… Read MoreRead More
How Long Does Arizona Probate Take?
August 17th, 2022
Families who lose a loved one often turn to Peterson Law Offices for help with settlement of the estate. If we determine that probate of the estate is necessary, one of the first questions they ask is how long the Arizona probate process takes. The answer varies, depending on the nature of the specific estate. Several factors affect the timeline of… Read MoreRead More
Does Arizona Have Inheritance and Estate Taxes?
April 18th, 2022
Questions about taxes on estates are common during the estate planning process and during probate administration of an estate. While the State of Arizona does not impose an inheritance tax or an estate tax, an Arizona estate and the beneficiaries or heirs of an estate may still owe taxes in some circumstances. The complexity of an estate, as well a… Read MoreRead More
Categories: Arizona Probate, Estate Planning
Do You Need a Lawyer to Probate an Arizona Estate?
March 17th, 2022
When a loved one passes away, you naturally go through a difficult period of grieving the loss of a family member. At the same time, you have to address the legal issues relating to the estate, which can be daunting. When you count on an experienced probate attorney to help you navigate the myriad of questions that arise after the death of a loved… Read MoreRead More
What Are the Duties of the Personal Representative of an Arizona Estate?
February 23rd, 2022
The personal representative of an Arizona estate is the individual with responsibility for probate administration of a deceased person’s estate. State law imposes substantial fiduciary duties on a personal representative. This article explains why understanding those duties is important, as well as what the responsibilities entail. Importance of… Read MoreRead More
Categories: Arizona Probate, Estate Planning, Last Will & Testament
Benefits of a Revocable Living Trust as Part of an Estate Plan
October 18th, 2021
A revocable living trust is a valuable estate planning tool that may help you achieve important personal and financial goals for yourself and your family. However, a living trust is not necessarily the best or right choice for all estate plans. Discussing your circumstances and goals with an experienced Arizona estate planning attorney is the only… Read MoreRead More
Is a Trust the Only Way to Avoid Probate? Not in Arizona.
April 16th, 2021
For many people, an important goal of creating an estate plan is to avoid probate of their estate. A living trust is often an excellent way to accomplish that goal. But in Arizona, there are also other ways to avoid the probate process. This article explains the available options for avoiding probate of property in an Arizona estate, as well as the… Read MoreRead More
Arizona Affidavit Process for Small Estates May Avoid Probate
September 17th, 2020
Arizona statutes provide for a simplified affidavit process for small estates with real property or personal property valued below specific amounts. An heir or devisee of property may be able to use the affidavit procedure to claim estate assets without going through the probate process. However, the affidavit process has specific requirements and… Read MoreRead More
Categories: Arizona Probate, Real Estate Law
4 Arizona Estate Planning Considerations For Non-U.S. Citizens
June 18th, 2020
Many people with legal residence outside the United States own real estate and other assets in Arizona and spend part of the year here. Regardless of whether the Arizona connection is for residential or business reasons, all non-U.S. citizens need to be attentive to estate planning issues that arise from property ownership in the state. At Peterson… Read MoreRead More
Categories: Arizona Probate, Business Planning, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law