AZ probate law: Duty to give notice

By April 21, 2011Uncategorized

Arizona personal representatives are statutorily required to carry out certain duties under Arizona probate law, and they can suffer certain consequences for failing to do so.  Very generally speaking, personal representatives must act on the estate’s behalf throughout the probate process to distribute assets and settle the estate appropriately.  More specifically, however, the Arizona Probate Code requires personal representatives to fulfill certain duties, which we will discuss in the next several posts.

The first requirement that Arizona probate law imposes on personal representatives involves giving adequate notice to the decedent’s creditors, heirs and devisees.  Personal representatives must notify these people that they have been appointed to handle the estate, and they must abide by statutory requirements when providing this notice.  As to creditors, personal representatives must publish notice for three consecutive weeks in a local newspaper.  And as to heirs and devisees, personal representatives must give them notice within 30 days of being appointed.

Even something as seemingly simple as giving notice is tightly regulated by the Arizona Probate Code.  Personal representatives cannot be expected to know all of the answers when it comes to handling a probate estate, but they can be expected to seek counsel if and when necessary.

If you have been appointed as a personal representative, an Arizona probate lawyer can help you understand the probate process. Call today for a FREE consultation (480) 818-6912