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CREDITOR CLAIMS AGAINST A DECEDENT

One of the most common questions asked regarding an estate is “Am I liable for the decedent’s debts?” The short answer is No. Normally, a person is not responsible for a deceased individual’s debts. Below is an overview of how debts of a decedent are to be paid under Arizona law and when a person …

ARIZONA ANCILLARY PROBATE

An “ancillary probate” is the administration of probate assets located and held in a state (or foreign country) where the decedent does not reside. The most common type of scenario that requires an ancillary probate is when a non-residence decedent owns real property in another state. This situation is very common here in Arizona as …

March 2016 Attorney Spotlight: Laura M Trujillo

Laura Trujillo recently presented at a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar provided by the National Business Institute. The presentation focused on the ethical dilemmas of estate planning attorneys. Part of the presentation focused on protecting the attorney-client privilege in the digital age, including the removal of meta data before disclosing electronic files to outside third …

SMALL ESTATES – PART III

In a continuation of an article published in our October 13, 2015 Newsletter, I spoke about three types of affidavits a surviving spouse may execute regarding the transfer of decedent’s assets without probate. In a blog on October 15, 2015, I covered statutory allowances and exemption for the surviving spouse and minor children, if any; …

HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE vs PHYSICIAN’S ORDER

Recently, the Arizona legislature passed a bill that became effective July 3, 2015.  Such bill amends A.R.S. §36-3209 to include language that specifically states that a health care directive, such as Health Care Power of Attorney or Living Will, or the decision of a patient’s agent, is presumed to represent the decision of the patient. …