What is Arizona probate court?

By May 5, 2011Uncategorized

There is often times confusion about Arizona probate court.  For instance, one question that people have is whether Arizona probate court is really its own court, with its own building – the Arizona Probate Court House, or some such thing.  Another question people have about Arizona probate court is whether it only handles cases that deal strictly with probate, as in probating an estate after an individual passes away.  These are legitimate questions that will take no time at all to clear up.

To begin with, Arizona probate court is really just a division of the Superior Court.  As such, because the Superior Court system is divided into county courts, the Arizona probate court system is in reality an overgeneralization.  For example, to be more precise, we would refer to Arizona probate court in Maricopa County as the probate division of the Maricopa County Superior Court.  And while this is only a technicality in many instances, it would be an important piece of information if you were trying to open a probate case and you could not find the Arizona Probate Court House.

Secondly, despite its moniker as the Arizona probate court, the probate division actually handles a variety of cases in addition to traditional probate cases.  Most notably, perhaps, are guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.  In fact, according to the Maricopa County Superior Court’s Website, the Maricopa County probate division handles more than $300 million in conservatorship assets each year, in addition to the thousands of probate and mental health cases that come before the “Arizona probate court.”

You cannot be expected to know everything about Arizona probate court, but you can be expected to know where to turn for answers about the system.  If you are dealing with a probate matter, an Arizona probate attorney can help.

To learn more about the Arizona probate court, do not hesitate to call JacksonWhite at (480) 818-6912, or fill out a consultation form.