Brentwood Law Group’s area of practice is in all types of estate planning in Arizona, in addition to probate administration. If you are in need of an attorney who understands probate law in Scottsdale, then you have come to the right place. Brentwood Law Group provides free initial consultations where we can go over the details of your circumstances, lay-out all of your options for you, advise you, and offer legal counsel should you require probate.
Brentwood Law Group is the Scottsdale law firm that you can trust to handle your probate as fast and thoroughly as possible. We have helped hundreds of your neighbors to get what is rightfully their’s through probate.
What is Probate?
Probate is the process by which we administer a deceased person’s estate, including the appointment of a personal representative, also known as an executor. The probate process is about establishing and acknowledging the validity of a will. However, if a person dies without a will, then we must go through the intestate procedure. Put simply; The probate process is about identifying assets that belonged to a deceased person, the payment and satisfaction of all outstanding debts and bills, and granting the executor of the estate the ability to liquidate and sell assets in order to administer the estate.
Perhaps most importantly, probate is about distributing and re-titling the estate to the proper beneficiaries nominated in the will. Probate is court-driven, based on statutory procedures. Further, probate cases become public record, and it can be time-consuming and expensive.
What are the Options for Probate Law in Scottsdale?
There are basically three options for Scottsdale probate cases. The first option is called a Formal Probate. These kinds of probates are initiated when an estate is being contested. When probate is contested, meaning that people don’t like the terms of the will or there is family infighting, it’s a long, drawn-out process.
The second type of probate is the most common type of probate, and that is an Informal Probate. This kind of probate is where letters are issued to the executor of the estate, and they go about doing the tasks or the work on behalf of the estate to administer it.
The third type of probate is what we call a Small Estate. This is where real property is worth less than $100k or personal property that is worth less than $75k collectively.
What is the Cost of Probate?
There are a lot of misconceptions that the state will take half of your estate or that it takes years to probate. These misconceptions are wrong. Most probates can be finished within 6-12 months. Our attorney fees are reasonable and fair. We are not looking to take a percentage of your estate. At Brentwood Law Group, we charge an hourly rate, not a percentage of someone’s inheritance.
Call us today if you need an expert in probate law in Scottsdale. We’d be happy to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation.