YOU ARE NOT ALONE. OUR TEAM IS HERE TO HELP YOU WITH THE AFTER-DEATH PROCESS OF A LOVED ONE'S ESTATE OR TRUST.

After a person passes away, there are many questions to answer, decision to be made, and tasks to be done. Many of the tasks are appropriate for an attorney to handle on your behalf. Our experienced Arizona Attorney, Nicole Pavlik, is ready to assist you with the administration and settling of your loved one's estate.

When you suffer a loss in your family, it is an emotional and overwhelming process to try and navigate through what needs to be done. Even if your loved one had a Will in place.

The executor of the Will has to:

  • follow up with creditors,
  • file paperwork with the court
  • round up assets

all while grieving and continuing to live and provide for loved ones.

You don’t have to go through this alone, and you don’t have to research and guess if you’re handling your loved one’s estate properly. I’m here to help.

I work hand-in-hand with the executor (or act as the executor) to ensure that all the final wishes of your loved one are carried out. I let you take care of yourself and your family while I take care of the legal aspects of your loved one’s passing to ease the burden of this process for you.

PROBATE, AND TRUST ADMINISTRATION SERVICES

  • Reviewing the trust document
  • Gathering all trust assets
  • Explaining trustee responsibilities
  • Analyzing estate taxes (with assistance from the CPA)
  • Creating sub-trusts
  • Dissolving the trust

Uncontested Probate Administration 

  • Preparing and filing paperwork with the court
  • Helping you through the legal process
  • Explaining the legalities of the process
  • Identifying debts and creditors of the deceased
  • Ensuring all financial considerations are taken care of
  • Contacting beneficiaries, if necessary
  • Overseeing the distribution of estate properties to heirs

DO YOU HAVE TO FILE A PROBATE?

Formal Probate

(I do not handle these court proceedings)

  • Will contest (devisees or heirs alleging an invalid will or other disputes)
  • Technical reasons (no designated personal representative)

Informal Probate

  • If the decedent had personal property in excess of $75,000
  • If the decedent had equity in real property in excess of $100,000
  • If the personal representative is unsure of existing creditors
  • The decedent did or did not have a will (the process remains the same)

SMALL ESTATE AFFIDAVITS

Arizona offers a simplified process for estates with equity in real property that does not exceed $100,000 or personal property that does not exceed $75,000. This means probate is not required.

Affidavit to Transfer Real Property

  • When determining the value of real estate to transfer real property, the amount of equity is calculated as the current year’s assessed value for property tax purposes minus any outstanding debt.
  • An affidavit to transfer real property can only be filed six months after the decedent’s date of death.

Affidavit to Transfer Personal Property

  • An affidavit to transfer personal property can only be used 30 days after the decedent’s date of death.
  • Examples of personal property include:
    • Bank accounts
    • Cars, boats, and mobile homes
    • Stocks
    • Investment account

PROBATE SERVICES

Reviewing the trust document

Gathering all trust assets

Explaining trustee responsibilities

Creating sub-trusts

Explaining the legalities of the process

Preparing and filing
paperwork with the court

Dissolving the trust

Identifying debts and creditors of the deceased

Analyzing estate taxes

Contacting beneficiaries, if necessary

PROBATE LEGAL FEES

Informal Probate
Starting at $3000

 

Affidavit to Transfer Personal Property
Starting at $350

 

Affidavit to Real Property
Starting at $1250

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