Fiduciary Roles: Executors and Administrators or Trustee

Executors and Administrators, or Trustees in Fiduciary duties   What is a fiduciary? There are several kinds. Today we will focus on the roles of administrator, executor, and trustee. How are these roles different? Each type of fiduciary carries a high responsibility. It’s a person in who much trust is placed. This applies to legal, … Continued

Testate versus Intestate

  Testate versus Intestate. What’s the difference? Testate means that a person dies with a valid Will in place. Intestate means that the person died without a Will. Not a big deal unless you want the state to decide who gets what. Not a big deal if you want your family to end up with … Continued

Probate Court – Description and Process

Probate Court – What Causes an Estate to Face Probate? You need more than a Will to avoid probate court. That would be incorrect. Even the most eloquently written Will, by itself, won’t close the door on probate. If the Will is one of the included legal documents in a full-blown, current estate plan you … Continued

Arizona Real Estate – Avoiding Probate Court

Avoiding Probate Court by Beneficiary deed Arizona Real Estate and avoiding probate court. Is there a standard if only one property involved? Do I Need to Probate One Piece of Real Estate In Arizona? It depends. Some people have a beneficiary deed in place. This keeps the property out of probate. The beneficiary deed must … Continued

Community Property and Ademption in Phoenix Arizona Probate

Community property. Ademption. Two terms any Arizona probate Attorney is familiar with. Lets look at these terms. Any real or personal property acquired during marriage is subject to community property law. That includes Arizona and a dozen other states. What kind of property does this consist of? Cars, boats, and jewelry. Real estate, and any … Continued