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Arizona Small Estate Affidavit Form

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The Arizona small estate affidavit is a document that can be filed by the rightful heirs to an estate without a will. This form can bypass the probate process as long as the total amount of the personal property of the decedent is valued, less debts, than seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000). If there is real property, minus any liens/debts, it cannot be worth more than one-hundred thousand dollars ($100,000).

The form must be filed (for personal property) at least thirty (30) days after the death of the individual. There is one form to file if there is no real estate (Affidavit for Collection of all Personal Property). If there is real estate valued at under ($100,000), then there are two other forms that need to be filed as well (Probate Information Cover Sheet and Affidavit for Transfer of Title to Real Property).

Filing – Submit to the Superior Courthouse where the decedent’s probate is being handled.

Maximum – Personal property up to $75,000

Laws – § 14-3971

Vehicles – File Form 32-6901 if the Heir(s) are interested in taking ownership of a vehicle only.

How to Write

Step 1 – On the Affidavit for collection of all personal property, fill in your contact information at the top as the person filing the document.

Step 2 – Indicate which county in which the decedent was domiciled at death.

Step 3 – In Section 1, enter the name of the person who dies, the date of death and place of death.

Step 4 – In Section 3, enter in your relationship to the person who died.

Step 5 – In Section 6, check the appropriate boxes indicating why you are entitled to the personal property of the decedent.

Step 6 – In Section 7, write in the description, value and location of the personal property.

Step 7 – In Section 8, if there was money owed to decedent, right in the description, the amount and who owes the money.

Step 8 – You will then need to sign and date the document in front of a notary public.

Step 9 – If needed, fill out the Probate Information Cover Sheet and Affidavit for Transfer of Title to Real Property (only if decedent owned property valued less than $100,000 and it didn’t pas automatically to a joint owner)

Step 10 – File the documents with the probate registrar with jurisdiction (See Court Locations).