Arizona Probate Form AOC PBPAFORM1F

Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees

Everything you need to know about Arizona Form AOC PBPAFORM1F, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related AZ probate forms.

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About Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees

There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.

Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees is a commonly used form within Arizona. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:

Atticus Fast Facts About Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees:

  • This form pertains to the State of Arizona

Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about Arizona’s Form AOC PBPAFORM1F - Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form AOC PBPAFORM1F

Step 1 - Download the correct Arizona form based on the name and ID if applicable

Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some Arizona probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form AOC PBPAFORM1F, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in AZ are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!

Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form AOC PBPAFORM1F online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).

Step 3 - Have Form AOC PBPAFORM1F witnessed or notarized (if required)

Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.

Step 4 - Submit Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees to the relevant office

This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.

It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.

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When Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees is due

Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.

While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.

Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in Arizona.

5 reasons you should submit AOC PBPAFORM1F as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster Arizona can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.

    Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

  2. In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.

  3. Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.

  4. It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in Arizona. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.

  5. If a house in the State of Arizona is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.

If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for Arizona probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local Arizona probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form AOC PBPAFORM1F, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form AOC PBPAFORM1F Online

Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some Arizona probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within Arizona.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form AOC PBPAFORM1F - Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the Arizona probate court office.

Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any Arizona-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.

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Did you know?

  • Form AOC PBPAFORM1F - Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees is a probate form in Arizona.

  • Arizona has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in Arizona.

  • During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.

  • Probate in Arizona, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees

Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).

All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate. 

To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate

The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice. 

You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make  the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).

We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!

An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone. 

The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:

  • Creating an inventory of all probate assets.

  • Filling out all necessary forms

  • Paying off all estate debts and taxes

  • Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested

And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year. 

For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding

The Exact Text on Form AOC PBPAFORM1F

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Arizona Form AOC PBPAFORM1F - Form 1 - Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgment And Information To Heirs/devisees. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

Name of Person Filing Document: Address: City, State, Zip Code: Telephone Number: Attorney Bar Number (if applicable): Licensed Fiduciary Number (if applicable): Representing [ ] Self or [ ] Attorney for: IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF In the Matter of the Estate of Decedent’s Name, Deceased Case Number. ORDER TO PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND INFORMATION TO HEIRS/DEVISEES The best interest of this estate is of great concern to this Court. As Personal Representative, you are subject to the power of the Court. Therefore, to help avoid problems and to assist you in your duties, this Order is entered. You are required to be guided by this Order and to obey it. This Court will not review or supervise your actions as Personal Representative unless an interested party files a written request to the Court. In Arizona, if you are a beneficiary of an estate, you are expected to protect your own interests in the estate. The Personal Representative is required to provide sufficient information to the beneficiary to permit the beneficiary to protect his or her interests. The Court may hold a Personal Representative personally liable and responsible for any damage or loss to the estate resulting from a violation of the Personal Representative duties. The following is an outline of some of your duties as Personal Representative. Arizona Supreme Court Page 1 of 6AOC PBPAFORM1F-080318 For Clerk’s Use Only Case Number: DUTIES OF THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE The duties of the Personal Representative are found in Chapter 3, Title 14 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (from now on called “A.R.S.”). You are responsible for knowing and doing your duties according to these statutes. Some of the duties are as follows: 1.Gather, control, and manage estate assets. As Personal Representative you have the duty to gather and control all assets that belonged to the decedent (the person who has died) at the time of his or her death. After the valid debts and expenses are paid, you have the duty to distribute any remaining assets according to the decedent's Will, or, if there is no Will, to the intestate heirs of the decedent. As Personal Representative, you have the authority to manage the estate assets, but you must manage the estate assets for the benefit of those interested in the estate. 2.Fiduciary Duties. As Personal Representative you are a fiduciary. This means you have a legal duty of fairness and impartiality to the beneficiaries and the creditors of the estate. You must be cautious and prudent in dealing with estate assets. As Personal Representative, the estate assets do not belong to you and must never be used for your benefit or mixed with your assets or anyone else's assets. Arizona law prohibits a Personal Representative from participating in transactions that are a conflict of interest between you, as Personal Representative, and you as an individual. Other than receiving reasonable compensation for your services as Personal Representative, you may not profit from dealing with estate assets. 3.Provide Notice of Appointment. Within thirty (30) days after your Letters of Appointment as Personal Representative are issued, you must mail notice of your appointment to the Arizona Department of Revenue and to the heirs and devisees whose addresses are reasonably available to you. If your appointment is made in a formal proceeding, you need not give notice to those persons previously noticed of a formal appointment proceeding. See A.R.S. § 14-3705. 4.Provide Notice of Admission of Will to Probate. Within thirty (30) days of the admission of the Will to informal probate, you must give written notice to all heirs and devisees of the admission of the Will to probate, together with a copy of the Will. You must notify the heirs and devisees that they have four (4) months to contest the probate. See A.R.S. § 14-3306. 5.Mail Copies of this Order to Personal Representative. Within thirty (30) days after your Letters of Appointment as Personal Representative are issued, you must mail a copy of this Order to Personal Representative and Acknowledgment and Information to Heirs/Devisees to all the heirs or devisees of the estate and to any other persons who have filed a demand for notice. 6.File Proof of Compliance. Within forty-five (45) days after your Letters of Appointment as Personal Representative are issued, you must file with the Court a notarized statement swearing that a copy of this Order was mailed to each devisee, to each heir in intestate (no Will) estates, and to any other persons who have filed a demand for notice. Arizona Supreme Court Page 2 of 6AOC PBPAFORM1F-080318 Case Number: 7.Publish Notice. Unless a predecessor Personal Representative already has fulfilled this duty or you were appointed more than two years after the decedent’s date of death, you must publish a notice once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in County in a newspaper of general circulation that announces your appointment as Personal Representative and tells creditors of the estate that, unless they present their claims against the estate within the prescribed time limit, the claims will not be paid. In addition, you must mail a similar notice to all persons you know are creditors of the estate. See A.R.S. § 14-3801. 8.Protect Assets. You must immediately find, identify, and take possession of all the estate assets and make proper arrangements to protect them. See A.R.S. § 14-3709. All property must be retitled to show ownership in the name of the estate - such as Estate of (decedent's name), by (your name) as Personal Representative. Do not put the estate assets into your name, anyone else's name, joint accounts, trust accounts (in trust for), or payable on death (“POD”) accounts. Do not list yourself or any other person as joint owner or beneficiary on any bank accounts or other assets belonging to the estate. Do not mix any estate assets with your own assets or anyone else’s assets. If your authority as Personal Representative has been limited by the Court, you must promptly protect the estate assets as ordered and file a Proof of Restricted Assets form with the Court. You may not sell, encumber, distribute, withdraw, or otherwise transfer restricted assets without first obtaining permission from the Court. 9.Determine Statutory Allowances. It is your responsibility to determine whether any individuals are entitled to statutory allowances under A.R.S. §§ 14-2402, -2403, and -2404. Statutory allowances include a homestead allowance, exempt property allowance, and a family allowance. 10.Inventory Assets. Unless a predecessor Personal Representative already has fulfilled this duty, within 90 days after your Letters of Appointment as Personal Representative are issued, you must prepare an inventory or list of the decedent's probate assets and their values as of the date of death. See A.R.S. § 14-3706. The inventory must be either (1) filed with the Court and mailed to all interested persons who request it, or (2) not filed with the Court, but mailed to: (a) each of the heirs if the decedent died intestate or to each of the devisees if the decedent’s Will was admitted to probate; and (b) to any other interested person who requests a copy of the inventory. 11.Standard of Care. In administering estate assets, you must observe the standards of care applicable to a trustee, including the prudent investor rules. See A.R.S. §§ 14-10801 et seq. and 14-10901 et seq. 12.Keep Detailed Records. You must keep detailed records of all receipts and expenses of the estate. You are required to provide an account of your administration of the estate to all persons affected by the administration. See A.R.S. § 14-3933. 13.Pay Valid Debts and Expenses. You must determine which claims and expenses of the estate are valid and should be paid. You must provide to any creditor whose claims are not Arizona Supreme Court Page 3 of 6AOC PBPAFORM1F-080318 Case Number: allowed prompt written notification that they will not be paid or will not be paid in full. See A.R.S. § 14-3806. To the extent there are enough assets in the estate, you are responsible for payment of any estate debts and/or expenses that you know about or can find out about. If there are not enough estate assets to pay all debts and expenses, you must determine which debts and expenses should be paid according to the law. See A.R.S. § 14-3805. You may be personally liable if you pay a debt or expense that should not be paid. 14.Pay Taxes. It is your responsibility to determine that all taxes are paid and that all tax returns for the decedent and the estate are prepared and filed. 15.Distribute Remaining Assets. After payment of all debts and expenses of the estate, you must distribute estate assets as directed in the Will, or, if there is not a Will, to the intestate heirs. If there are not enough assets in the estate to make the gifts set forth in the Will, it is your responsibility to determine how the distributions should be made as required by law. See A.R.S. §§ 14-3902 and -3907. You may be personally liable if you make an improper distribution of estate assets. 16.Change of Address. Until the probate is closed and you are discharged as Personal Representative, you must notify the Court in writing if you change your home or mailing address. 17.Payment as Personal Representative. As Personal Representative, you may be entitled to reasonable compensation. See A.R.S. § 14-3719. Arizona statutes do not designate percentage fees for your work or say how much a Personal Representative should be paid. You must keep receipts to prove out-of-pocket expenses. In determining whether a fee is reasonable, the Court will consider the following factors. (a)The time required (as supported by detailed time records), the novelty and difficulty of the issues involved, and the skill required to do the service properly; (b)The likelihood that your acceptance as Personal Representative will preclude other employment; (c)The fee normally charged in the area for similar services; (d)The nature and value of estate assets, the income earned by the estate, and the responsibilities and potential liability assumed by you as Personal Representative; (e)The results obtained for the estate; (f)The time limitations imposed by the circumstances; (g)The experience, reputation, diligence and ability of the person performing the services; (h)The reasonableness of the time spent and service performed under the circumstances; and (i)Any other relevant factors. Arizona Supreme Court Page 4 of 6AOC PBPAFORM1F-080318 Case Number: 18.Court Involvement. Usually, to reduce estate expenses, estates are administered and estate claims and expenses are paid, including the fees to the attorney and Personal Representative, with little Court involvement. The Court does not supervise informal probates or the conduct of a Personal Representative. However, if any interested party believes that the estate has not been properly handled or that the fees charged by the attorney or Personal Representative are not reasonable under the circumstances, that party may request that the Court review the account for the Personal Representative administration of the estate. Any additional Court involvement may result in additional delay and expenses. If appropriate, the Court may assess the additional expense against the estate or the nonprevailing party. 19.Close the Estate. After you have administered the estate and the assets of the estate have all been distributed, the estate must be closed, either formally or informally. In an informal closing, a copy of the Closing Statement must be filed with the Court and sent to all persons receiving a distribution from the estate. See A.R.S. § 14-3933. For a formal closing, see A.R.S. §§ 14-3931 and -3932. Usually, the estate should be completely administered and closed within two (2) years after the initial appointment of the Personal Representative. This is only a general outline of some of your duties as Personal Representative. This Order does not describe all of your duties and is not a substitute for obtaining professional legal advice. If you have any questions as Personal Representative, before taking any action, you should contact an attorney who handles probate estates to find out what to do. The Superior Court of Arizona in ____________ County may have forms, instructions, and procedures to help you with the Probate of an Informal Estate. WARNING: FAILURE TO OBEY A COURT ORDER AND THE STATUTORY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THIS ESTATE MAY RESULT IN YOUR REMOVAL AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND OTHER PENALTIES. IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES YOU MAY BE HELD IN CONTEMPT OF COURT, PUNISHED BY CONFINEMENT IN JAIL, A FINE OR BOTH. IN ADDITION, IF YOU VIOLATE ANY OF YOUR FIDUCIARY DUTIES, YOU COULD BE HELD PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR ANY LOSSES FOR WHICH YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE. DATED this ____ day of , 20 . Judge/Special Commissioner’s Signature __________________________________________ Judge/Special Commissioner’s Name (Type or Print Name) Arizona Supreme Court Page 5 of 6AOC PBPAFORM1F-080318 Case Number: ACKNOWLEDGMENT I (We), the undersigned, acknowledge receiving a copy of this Order and agree to be bound by its provisions, whether or not read before signing, as long as serving as Personal Representative. Personal Representative’s SignatureDate Personal Representative’s Name (Type or Print Name) Co-Personal Representative’s Signature (if any)Date __________________________________________ Co-Personal Representative’s Name (Type or Print Name) Arizona Supreme Court Page 6 of 6AOC PBPAFORM1F-080318

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