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Knowledgeable Tucson Estate Planning Attorneys Draft and Probate Wills

ARIZONA Estate LAWYERS ADVISE AND REPRESENT TESTATORS AND Administrators

Ayala Law Office, PC provides a full range of services for Wills: drafting, review, amendment, revocation, execution and probate. We provide reliable guidance for testators, executors and administrators. Our experience in the probate court, resolving issues related to the validity of wills, enables us to provide practical advice for testators from all walks of life. Similarly, our work in the formation of wills gives us keen insight into how administrators should interpret various aspects of a will that may initially seem unclear. Whether you are a testator formulating an estate plan or an administrator implementing a decedent’s wishes, Ayala Law Office, PC can simplify many complex aspects of the tasks before you. We offer pertinent and personal legal advice to obtain the results you need in a timely manner with the least stress possible.

EXECUTING A VALID AND EFFECTIVE WILL

Executing a valid will is rather simple; executing an effective will takes a bit more work. The probate court approves a will if it finds the document was executed intentionally and freely by a person of sound mind, is written in clear, unambiguous language and is signed and witnessed. That’s really the easy part. To be effective, your will must be comprehensive, covering the full range of your worldly possessions and your deepest concerns, and contemplating various contingencies. We work closely with you to memorialize your intentions completely and instructing that they be carried out in the most efficient manner possible.

Once executed, your will remains your final statement of your intentions until you amend or revoke it.

We recommend reviewing your will every three to five years and updating it to reflect your current wishes.

PROBATE ATTORNEYS GUIDE administrators THROUGH EVERY STEP OF THE PROCESS

Most administrators (known as executors in other states) have never probated a Will; many are even surprised to learn that the decedent’s Will named them as the responsible party. We provide indispensable service for administrators who have no prior experience in the probate court on matters that include:

  • Filing the Will with the Arizona probate court
  • Noticing the heirs
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously settling the estate
  • Finding and assembling assets
  • Assisting in locating and paying creditors and claimants
  • Collecting amounts owed the estate
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying current and delinquent taxes as well as estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate
  • Closing the estate by filing the necessary documents and setting the necessary court hearing, usually a year later

Administrators can easily make mistakes due to inexperience, stress and hasty decisions. This can be costly, as administrators can be held personally liable for beneficiaries’ losses. We guide administrators through every step of the probate process, with reliable, detailed advice, so you can settle the testator’s estate as efficiently, quickly and easily as possible.

CAPABLE MANAGEMENT OF PROBATE DISPUTES

Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between disappointed beneficiaries and the Will’s Administrator. When representing administrators, our attorneys demonstrate the utmost professionalism in negotiations and in the courtroom. Whether the issue is a will challenge or an accusation of mismanagement of estate assets, we advocate vigorously for the testator’s estate and the Administrator.

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Ayala Law Office, PC provides will and probate court services in Tucson and throughout Arizona. Call us at 520-365-3185 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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  • Tucson Office
    509 S. 6th Ave. (Near Armory Park)
    Tucson, Arizona 85701
    Phone: 520-202-0391
    Fax: 520-202-0392