Probate is a legal process whereby the estate of the deceased person is administered and all claims resolved with any remaining property distributed to any heirs or beneficiaries. If a person has a will, then the will determines the distribution of the probate assets to the beneficiaries and the decedent is said to have died “testate”. If a person dies and does not have a will, that person is referred to as having died “intestate” and, in that event, the deceased person’s assets will be transferred to the heirs as established by the state’s laws.
The individual who is responsible to administer the estate is referred to as the executor or personal representative.
A probate matter in Arizona can be very simple with no court intervention (known as an informal probate) to a matter which is more complex and requires some court intervention (formal probate or supervised probate). Regardless of the level of court intervention, you should consult with your attorney at The Harrian Law Firm, P.L.C for guidance and possible representation. Contact the attorneys to discuss your rights and obligations.