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Arizona Small Estate Affidavit Form

An Arizona small estate affidavit is a legal document that can be used to transfer assets from the estate of the decedent without going through the probate process. Avoiding probate generally means the transfer happens more quickly, but this option only applies to small estates.
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How to File (4 steps)

1. Waiting Period

At least 30 days must pass before the transfer of personal property. At least six months must pass before the transfer of real property.

2. Make an Inventory

It’s helpful to have a list of all property that will be transferred in one place, one that includes both its assessed value and whether it is subject to any liens or debts. For assistance determining the value of real property, check with the assessor’s office in the county where the property is located, or the state Department of Revenue.

3. Determine Distribution

A small estate affidavit allows you to speed up the process of delivering things that are owed to people. If the decedent had a will, the assets are distributed according to the will. If the decedent died intestate, or without a will, then the assets should be distributed according to the state laws on intestate succession.

4. Fill Out Form

If seeking personal property, it is not necessary to file the small estate affidavit with the court. Instead, give the completed, signed, notarized form to the person or entity holding the asset to be transferred. If seeking real property, submit the completed, signed, notarized form to a probate court in the county where the decedent lived. To find where to file, use this Court Locator.

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