Phoenix Intestate Administration Lawyer

Handling a Decedent's Estate When There Is No Will to Guide You

When someone is said to have died intestate, that means he or she died without a will. In intestate estate administration cases, Arizona law provides a set of rules that specify the rights of family members to inherit the decedent's property in a prescribed order.

The responsibilities of the person assigned by the probate court to handle the estate's affairs are much the same as those of the executor of a will. The main difference is that it is necessary follow Arizona intestate succession laws instead of the terms of a will for guidance about estate administration and asset distribution.

Dying Without a Will Can Create Challenges for Those Left Behind

Just as responsibilities are much the same in a case of intestacy as in administration of a will, so are common questions and the potential for mistakes. If you have responsibility as a personal representative for the administration of an estate for which there is no will, contact me, Phoenix intestate administration attorney Brian S. Starr, to learn how you can get through the process without wasted effort or liability to heirs or creditors.

Intestate estate administration can be simple or complicated, depending on many factors:

  • Are there questions as to the ownership of the estate's assets?
  • Are all of the decedent's heirs known and easy to notify?
  • How extensive are the claims of creditors against the estate?
  • What will the estate's tax liability look like?
  • Will you need to recover assets improperly transferred out of the estate?
  • How easy will it be to liquidate the assets?
  • Will there be disputes between statutory heirs or others with claimed interests in the estate?

The fact that there is no will to follow doesn't mean that the personal representative of an intestate estate won't have difficult decisions or heavy responsibilities. Just like the executor of a will, the personal representative in an intestate estate assumes fiduciary duties to the estate and its heirs. The advice of an experienced probate lawyer can help you avoid mistakes and potential liability if you have been appointed as a surviving spouse or next of kin.

Call 602-639-4618 to Reach a Skilled Phoenix-Scottsdale Probate Attorney

The Starr Law Firm, PLC, is an excellent resource for personal administrators who live in other states as well as those who reside in Maricopa County. Contact my office in Phoenix now to learn how I can help you discharge all your duties confidently and efficiently.