Probate is a process that nobody wants to go through. While the process may be painless for some Tucson residents, the process can be quite the opposite for others. Having the proper paperwork in place plays a key role in how the probate process will be completed. Further, whether or not the deceased had a last will and testament is crucial to determining who is to receive what property and assets. Probate is something that should be dealt with alongside a highly experienced Tucson Probate and Estate Administration Attorney. Williams & Williams, PLLC provides assistance to Tucson residents on a regular basis, helping them understand and properly complete the probate process.
How Does Probate Work?
If a deceased individual had a last will and testament, probate often runs a little more smoothly. First, the will likely states the name of the personal representative who will administer the deceased individual’s estate. Second, the will likely states how the deceased individual’s property and other assets are to be distributed. If a deceased individual did not have a last will and testament, then Arizona’s intestacy laws come into play. To pass away without a will is termed “intestate,” and passing away with a will is termed “testate.” When it is unknown what a deceased individual’s wishes are, probate can cause family members to fight over what portion of the loved one’s estate goes to them, even if the choice is not up to them, but rather is up to Arizona law.
Before assets can be distributed to beneficiaries of a deceased individual, an Arizona probate judge must first determine whether or not a last will and testament is valid under Arizona law. This is the starting point to administering the deceased individual’s estate and winding up the individual’s affairs to ensure everything in the last will and testament is fulfilled. Once a court determines a will is valid, letters of administration are given to the personal representative, and such letters of administration give the personal representative authority to distribute property and other assets.
While probate can be a little more stressful when a deceased individual did not have a last will and testament, probate can be manageable with the help of an attorney. A Tucson Probate and Estate Administration Attorney truly understands Arizona probate law, and how heirs of a deceased individual are to receive certain property and other assets. Addressing the matter without an attorney only makes a confusing and saddening situation even more difficult to go through. By working alongside an attorney, you will have confidence in knowing that you are taking steps in the right direction.
Contact the Tucson Probate Attorneys and Estate Administration Attorneys of Williams & Williams, PLLC Today
Losing a loved one is a heart-wrenching experience. Dealing with probate and estate matters only adds to an already somber and stressful situation. The process of verifying the validity of a will, obtaining letters of administration, and distributing assets among beneficiaries can be time-consuming and quite exhausting. However, with the assistance of a qualified Tucson Probate and Estate Attorney, much of the stress can be taken off of your shoulders. At Williams & Williams, PLLC, our seasoned Tucson Probate and Estate Administration Attorneys have a thorough understanding of the probate process in Arizona, and what needs to be done to make the process as least stressful as possible. If you would like to speak directly with one of our attorneys, contact Williams & Williams, PLLC today by calling (520) 200-8501.