Arizona Probate Form pbctm1

Conservatorship Training Manual

Everything you need to know about Arizona Form pbctm1, 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 Conservatorship Training Manual

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.

Conservatorship Training Manual 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 Conservatorship Training Manual

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Conservatorship Training Manual:

  • 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 pbctm1 - Conservatorship Training Manual up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form pbctm1

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 pbctm1, 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 pbctm1 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 pbctm1 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 Conservatorship Training Manual 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 Conservatorship Training Manual 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 pbctm1 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 pbctm1, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form pbctm1 Online

Conservatorship Training Manual 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 pbctm1 - Conservatorship Training Manual 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.

Conservatorship Training Manual 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 pbctm1 - Conservatorship Training Manual 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 Conservatorship Training Manual

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 pbctm1

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Arizona Form pbctm1 - Conservatorship Training Manual. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

© Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PBCTM1 - 061316 CONSERVATORSHIP TRAINING MANUAL This program was developed under grant number SJI-11-E-008 from the State Justice Institute. The points of view expressed are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State Justice Institute. PBCTM1-061316 1 IMPORTANT NOTICE TRAINING REQUIREMENT Effective September 1, 2012 The Arizona Supreme Court requires that any person who is not a state-licensed fiduciary (or a financial institution) must complete a training program approved by the Supreme Court before Letters of Appointment to serve as a guardian, conservator, or personal representative can be issued by the Clerk of the Court. TRAINING SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE COURT HEARING. The fiduciary may for good reason request additional time to complete the training. You may access and complete the training FREE online at: Go to the section for “Non-licensed Fiduciaries” and click on the link to access a narrated slide-show presentation of the materials applicable to your situation. AFTER reviewing the materials, you will need to inform the Court that you have completed the training by filing either the Certificate available at the end of the online training, or the Declaration of Completion form available at the end of this training manual, or from either the Probate Filing Counter or the Self-Service Center. If you have questions about the training, contact the Probate Clerk at 602-506-3668. PBCTM1-061316 2 After viewing the contents of this manual you will be able to: •Discuss the role and responsibility of the conservator •Explain what a surety bond is and why it is required •List some best practices for managing documents and records •Discuss the importance of understanding projected sustainability •Describe the forms required by the court and the general timeline/order in which to submit those forms •Summarize how substituted judgment is used when making decisions regarding the welfare of the protected person •Recall the steps needed to take when the protected person dies Responsibilities of a Conservator As a conservator, your first priority is to marshal and protect the assets of the conservatorship estate. When the court tells you to marshal an asset, do you know what they mean? The court wants you to take control of the assets, on behalf and for the benefit of, the conservatorship estate. There are a number of different ways that you can do this.  “Certified” Letters One of the first things you need to do is obtain a current “certified” copy of your letters of appointment. A certified copy is a copy issued by the Clerk of the Court in the county where your letters were issued. The certified copy states that it is a true and complete copy of the original letters on file with the issuing court, and that the conservatorship is currently in effect. Surety Bonds When you are appointed conservator, the court will also order that a surety bond be posted to cover all the assets that belong to the protected person. A bond is an insurance policy so that if the conservator misappropriates the money, invests it badly, or makes some other mistake, the ward will not suffer as a result. The price of that insurance policy can be paid from the ward’s money, but the conservator must post the bond. The amount of the bond will ordinarily be the principal value of the ward’s property plus one year’s anticipated income. If the value of the estate changes, you must request an Order of the Court either reducing or increasing the amount of the bond. If you misuse the ward’s funds, do not maintain those funds, or if you do not keep accurate records, the court may require that your bonding company reimburse the ward’s account for any losses. The bonding company can then file a lawsuit against the conservator to recover the amount the company was required to pay, including, in some cases, the attorney’s fees incurred by the bonding company in seeking the reimbursement. A conservator can be removed by the PBCTM1-061316 3 court when appropriate. Additionally, a conservator who misappropriates funds or engages in theft or fraud may be criminally prosecuted. Record your Letters Once you have obtained a surety bond and a certified copy of your conservator letters you will want to record your letters with the county recorder in the county where the protected person resides. You will also want to record your certified letters in any other county where the protected person may own property. By recording your letters of appointment you are putting the public on notice of your appointment. You are also creating a record that identifies you as the only person entitled to transfer property on behalf of the protected person in the event someone should attempt to sell or make any lien or other encumbrance against the real property. Notice of Filing Once you have received the recorded copy of your letters of appointment back from the recorder’s office (there will be a marking on the document that reflects it has been recorded and where that record can be found for future reference), you will need to file a Notice of Filing with the court to show that you have recorded the letters of appointment. Marshal an Account In order to marshal a bank or brokerage account, you will need to notify the financial institution of your appointment. When you first meet with the financial institution be sure to bring the original, stamped letters or the certified copy of your letters of appointment with you. Most banks’ legal department will want to see a certified copy of your letters of appointment in order to allow you access to the account. Also, if you have access to the protected person’s social security number, date of birth and bank account number(s) be sure to bring those with you as well. How Should Assets be Titled? Once you have presented your letters of appointment, the account(s) will be re-titled into the name of the conservatorship. The way the account is titled depends on the organization; some may title the account as “Jane Doe, conservatee, by John Doe, conservator”; others may title it as “Jane Doe” and then the next line will read “John Doe, conservator.” The purpose of this is to notify the organization (bank, brokerage firm, Department of Motor Vehicles) that you are the only person who should be dictating how the asset is held, spent, or managed. Recording Transactions You should be very careful not to let any other individual have access to any bank accounts you manage. While there is no law that prohibits you from using a debit card or cash to transact business on behalf of the protected person, it is best to avoid using a debit card or cash whenever possible. Debit cards can be easily accessed by another individual and it is difficult to prove that a cash transaction was used for the benefit of the protected person. If it is necessary to use cash PBCTM1-061316 4 for a purchase be sure and keep all receipts to prove the purchase was for the benefit of the protected person. Re-Title Vehicles You may also re-title vehicles in the name of the conservatorship. In order to do this, you will need to bring your letters of appointment to the Motor Vehicles Division. The MVD typically requires a certified copy dated within 60 days from the date of the re-title request. Vehicles may be cars, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles or motor homes. Documents to File Within 90 Days There are certain documents that need to be filed within 90 days of your appointment as conservator. Among these documents is an inventory or appraisement of the protected person's assets. The value listed on the inventory for a particular asset is the value as of your first date of appointment, whether temporary or permanent. All assets of the protected person’s estate should be listed on the inventory and appraisement. This list should include, but is not limited to the assets shown below: •Bank accounts •Brokerage accounts •Annuities •Life insurance policies (the cash surrender value) •Real property (homes, vacant land, and burial plots) •Automobiles •Jewelry/Artwork/Antiques •Household items •Cash/Coins How to Determine the Value of Assets? The (cash) value of bank accounts, brokerage accounts, annuities and/or life insurance policies will be the value on the date you were appointed. A reliable way to determine the value of an automobile would be to use the Kelley Blue Book valuation. Provide a Reasonable Estimate Determining the value of other assets may be a little more difficult. Appraisals may be obtained for homes, jewelry, artwork or antiques. Appraisals can be very costly so if it is not your intent to liquidate the asset in the very near future, it may be best to provide a reasonable estimate of the assets’ value as the value can change significantly in a very short period of time, such as with real estate. If you provide an estimate for the value be sure to make note of this on the inventory. PBCTM1-061316 5 Assets Detail How much detail should you include? You should include as much detail as is necessary to reasonably identify the asset. For example, if the protected person has a checking account at Bank of America, you would document it as “Bank of America” and provide the checking account number. Documenting Assets When documenting an automobile, you should include the make, model, year and vehicle identification number (VIN). You should include the address and parcel number for real estate. Documenting household items on an inventory is a little more difficult. Some will include a lump sum value of miscellaneous household property and others will include details such as one sofa, one end table and one coffee table. No matter the amount of detail you choose to include for household items, you should always photograph or video tape the personal property. Credit Report As the conservator, you must include a copy of the protected person’s credit report from a credit reporting agency when you file your inventory and appraisement. The credit report must be dated within ninety (90) days of filing it with the court. You may obtain a copy of the credit report by writing a letter to the credit reporting agency or you may obtain one free of charge from Budget As the conservator, you must include a budget at the time of filing your inventory and appraisement. The first budget will be for the same time frame as your first annual accounting. A new budget must be submitted to the court every year thereafter with the annual accounting. Exceeding the Budget The budget shall be completed on the form prescribed by the Supreme Court and can be located in the probate section of the Supreme Court’s website. You will need to monitor the budget closely to ensure that you are not exceeding any particular expense category by $2,000 or 10% of the budgeted amount, whichever is less. If you reasonably believe you may exceed the budget, you must notify the court, and all interested parties, of the reason you will exceed the stated budget amount within thirty (30) days. Projected Sustainability As the conservator, you must disclose to the court whether the estimated expenses of the estate exceed the annual income and if so, whether the other assets available to the protected person are sufficient to sustain the person during the time period the protected person needs care or fiduciary services. In other words, does the protected person have sufficient income and assets to meet their needs for the estimated remainder of their lifetime? PBCTM1-061316 6 In order to determine the potential sustainability of the protected person’s estate you will need to use a calculation outlined in the Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure, Rule 30.2 as follows on the succeeding pages. $120,000 + $20,000 - $65,000 ______________________________________ = Estate Sustainability $45,000 - $20,000 $75,000 ______________________________________ = Estate Sustainability $25,000 of 3 years Thus, if based on the conservator's knowledge of the protected person's medical condition and age, the conservatorship is not sustainable, the conservator shall explain how the protected person's expenses will be managed after three years. The following example describes how the required disclosure is calculated: Assume a protected person's estate consists of a residence with a fair market value of $120,000, $20,000 in bank accounts and a $65,000 mortgage. Further, assume that same protected person has annual expenses (including fiduciary and attorney fees) of $45,000 and an annual income of $20,000. From this example we can see the conservatorship is sustainable for 3 years. PBCTM1-061316 7 Recordkeeping What types of records should you keep? You are required to keep records of all income and expenses you manage as the conservator of the protected person’s estate. You will need to keep copies of all bank statements, brokerage statements, invoices, receipts, and any other record you need to support your efforts as conservator. Receipts are vital in that they show what was actually acquired, not just how much was paid. This can be used by the court to establish the fact that the expense benefited the protected person. Invoices Here are a few good practice tips for you as a conservator: first, develop and maintain a bookkeeping and receipt storage system for all the protected person’s documents. Second, include a copy of any check used to pay an invoice to a copy of that invoice in your records. This will ensure all parties know the expenses you are making are for the benefit of the protected person. Original Papers Documents to maintain: •Life insurance policies •Insurance cards •Health, Car, Home •Deeds •Titles •Birth certificates •Death certificates You should maintain the original papers for all important documents, such as life insurance policies, deeds, titles, birth certificates, death certificates and insurance cards (health insurance, car insurance). Maintain Records The length of time you maintain records for the protected person depends on a number of factors. At a minimum, it is recommended you keep all records regarding your activities as a conservator for as long as you are acting as conservator. Keep in mind however, that other laws may require you keep records for longer periods of time. The typical recommendation is to follow the record retention requirements outlined by the Internal Revenue Service. The most recent information from the IRS indicates “Note: Keep copies of your filed tax returns. They help in preparing future tax returns and making computations if you file an amended return.” PBCTM1-061316 8 1) If you owe additional tax and situations (2), (3), and (4), below, do not apply to you; keep records for 3 years. 2) If you do not report income that you should report, and it is more than 25% of the gross income shown on your return; keep records for 6 years. 3) If you file a fraudulent return; keep records indefinitely. 4) If you do not file a return; keep records indefinitely. 5) If you file a claim for credit or refund* after you file your return; keep records for 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. 6) If you file a claim for a loss from worthless securities or bad debt deduction; keep records for 7 years. 7) Keep all employment tax records for at least 4 years after the date that the tax becomes due or is paid, whichever is later. Pay/Transfer on Death As the conservator, you have an obligation to maintain the estate plan of the protected person. Assets titled as payable-on-death or transfer-on-death to an individual are considered part of the protected person’s estate plan. When you discover assets that are titled in this manner, you need to use those assets only after all other assets have been exhausted. For example, if you have a checking account, savings account, brokerage account, and an IRA, and that IRA has a payable on death beneficiary, you must use all the other assets to maintain the protected person's welfare first, before you use the assets held in the IRA. The reason for doing this is to protect that asset and have it available for the beneficiary, thereby fulfilling the protected person's final wish. This also applies to assets that are specifically gifted to a particular person in either the Last Will and Testament or trust of the protected person. You should be familiar with these documents and any designated beneficiaries named within them. Restricted Assets What does it mean if the court “restricts” an asset? When a court restricts an asset it means that you are not allowed to use, sell, or transfer that asset without the court’s approval. The court can restrict any asset of the protected person’s estate but typically restricts bank accounts, brokerage accounts or real property. When the court restricts an asset, the restriction is outlined on your letters of appointment so that all parties know what you can and cannot do as conservator. If the court restricts an asset you will not need to bond for it. However, if you request that the restriction be lifted, the court will order that a bond be posted for that now unrestricted asset. Proof of Restricted Account PBCTM1-061316 9 When the court restricts a bank or brokerage account, you must file a “Proof of Restricted Account” form with the court. This form outlines where the account is held, the account number and the current balance of the account. The form is signed by an officer or manager of the financial institution and indicates that the financial institution understands that the court has restricted the account and they will not allow anyone to remove funds from the account without an order from the court. Restricted Real Property If there is a restriction on the protected person's real property this will be contained in the conservator's letters of appointment. When such an asset restriction exists, a title company should not allow the conservator to execute a sale document without providing an order from the court authorizing the conservator to do so. Notice to Service Providers Ensures payments to service providers are made on time Ensures service providers only take direction from you When contacting the protected person's service providers to request future statements be sent to your address for payment, it is good practice to provide a copy of your letters of appointment as conservator for their records. This request should be made as soon as practicable after your appointment. This will ensure that you receive the information necessary to pay the financial obligations of the protected person, as well as ensure that the providers only take direction from you regarding the account. Change of Address You should also process a “change of address” request with the United States Postal Service to ensure that you receive all correspondence of the protected person. This will ensure that you are aware of all debts owed by the protected person, and that you are aware of all assets of the protected person. Annual Account Information The annual account contains a listing of all financial transactions that have taken place in the previous year of your administration as conservator. It contains information about the beginning value of all assets held by the protected person’s estate as of the date of your appointment as well as the ending balance of the assets as of the last date of the account period. The transactions (receipts, disbursements, gains, losses and other adjustments) outline what happened in the middle to cause the beginning and ending balances to change. Additional Accounts In addition to the annual account, the conservator is responsible for providing a budget and a sustainability projection account along with the annual account. PBCTM1-061316 10 When to File the Annual Account Your account must be filed by the first anniversary date of your permanent appointment. In other words, if you are appointed as the temporary conservator on January 1 and the permanent conservator on February 1, your account must be filed by February 1 the following year, but will include all transactions from January 1 forward. First Account The first annual account should include all activity from the date of the first appointment (temporary or permanent if no temporary conservatorship established) through and including the last day of the ninth month following the permanent appointment. Using the example above, if you were appointed as the temporary conservator on January 1 and the permanent conservator on February 1, your account period would be from January 1 through November 30 (the last day of the ninth month following your permanent appointment). If you were appointed as the permanent conservator on January 1, your first account would go from January 1 through October 31. Subsequent Accounting Each subsequent accounting will be from one day after the ending day through the same ending day as the previous year’s accounting. For example, if the first accounting period ends December 31, 2012 then the second accounting period would cover from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. At the time of death of the protected person, the conservator is required to file the final account within 90 days from the date of death. The time frame for that account will be from the ending date of the previous account through the date of death. Best Interest vs. Substituted Judgment Your role as the conservator is to listen to the protected person and ensure that their preferences are being met as long as it does not cause harm. You are in a position to make decisions for the protected person in one of two ways; using either substituted judgment or the best interest standard. Substituted Judgment You have an obligation to discuss the decision you are going to make with the protected person. When making decisions using substituted judgment you are doing exactly as it sounds; making the decision that the protected person would make if they had the capacity to do so. To the extent the protected person can understand the issue at hand, you have an obligation to discuss the decision you are going to make with the protected person and listen to their preferences in that situation. For example, if you believe it would be appropriate to liquidate an asset belonging to the protected person, you should discuss this with them. Try to put it in terms that they have the ability to understand. Discuss the benefits and the consequences of the decision you are about to make. Listen to their preferences and the reason for making the decision. PBCTM1-061316 11 Stated Preferences When using substituted judgment it is also helpful to talk to other family members or friends about conversations they have had with the protected person. Has the protected person ever talked about their preference for liquidation of their assets? Did they want that particular asset to be set aside as a gift for a friend or family member? Your job is to determine what their preferences were when they were still capable of making those decisions. Lifetime Disabled vs. Adult Disabled Making decisions using substituted judgment may be easier for a conservator dealing with an elderly disabled individual as opposed to an adult who has been disabled since birth. When dealing with an elderly individual, they were likely competent and had the ability to understand cause and effect relationships. As such, they have likely discussed their preferences before and you may have a better understanding of what they want. With an individual who has been disabled since birth, this may be more difficult. In those situations (or in situations where the protected person’s preferences may cause serious harm or injury) you would be making your decision based on what you believe to be in the protected person’s best interest. Tough Decisions It is never easy to make a decision for another adult that goes against their wishes but you must keep in mind that your friend or family member no longer has the ability to truly understand the consequences of their decision. This is why the court appointed you as the conservator – to make the tough decisions. Ultimately, the decision is yours but if you are making a decision that is in contrast to the stated or demonstrated preferences of the protected person, you should be prepared to defend that decision. Accepting Gifts from the protected person The disclosure statement you must file as the conservator indicates that you have not accepted a gift from someone, who is not related to you by blood, of more than $100.00. That being said, it is typically looked at as a conflict of interest for you to accept any gift from the protected person without first seeking court approval. The general rule is that you cannot and should not accept gifts from the protected person. Giving Gifts •The protected person’s estate plan •Whether there is a pattern of prior gifting •The potential tax savings if the gifts are authorized •The size of the estate •The protected person’s income and expenses PBCTM1-061316 12 •The physical and mental condition and life expectancy of the protected person (the court wants to ensure that the gift would not diminish the protected person’s ability to meet their needs during the course of their lifetime) •The likelihood that the protected person’s disability may cease or improve •The likelihood that the protected person would make this gift if they were able to consent (this is an example of how substituted judgment comes into play in your decision making process) •The ability of the protected person to consent to the gifts If you are seeking authority to provide a gift to someone from the protected person you should be prepared to supply the court with all the information shown on this page. Keep in mind, if you, as the conservator, authorize and pay a gift without court approval, you could be held liable and be required to reimburse the estate for the value of the gift. Payment for Conservatorship You are entitled to payment for your time as the conservator. If you intend to seek compensation from the estate of the protected person you are required to file a Notice of Compensation with the court. This will outline what you intend to charge as your hourly rate and why you believe you are entitled to that rate. The court may review your fees on an annual basis. You are also entitled to reimbursement from the protected person’s estate for any money you pay out of pocket for their benefit. For example, if you pay for a filing fee with the court, you would be entitled to be reimbursed for that expense. Attorney’s Fees Can You Hire an Attorney? Yes, you may hire an attorney and you are entitled to have the fees for that attorney paid for by the protected person’s estate as long as the court determines that the fees are reasonable and necessary. Just as you would have to file a Notice of Compensation with the court, any attorney who intends to seek compensation from the ward’s estate must also file the notice with the court. When the Protected Person Dies When the protected person dies, you must file a Notice of Death with the court within ten (10) days after the date of death. You must then file your final accounting with the court within 90 days from the date that the protected person died. The final account will go through the date of death of the protected person. You may then be required to file a second, supplemental final accounting which shows the court what you did with the assets of the protected person’s estate from the date of death until you turn the assets over to either the beneficiaries (on payable on death or transfer on death accounts) or to the individual responsible for managing the estate of the deceased protected person. PBCTM1-061316 13 Unlike a guardian, your authority as conservator does not end on the day that the protected person dies. You still have the authority and responsibility to manage and protect the assets of the protected person. You want to ensure that you are only paying for necessary expenses of the protected person’s estate after they pass away. For example, you may pay for burial or funeral services; you may pay to protect the assets of the protected person (such as insurance on assets or utilities on a home) or the final medical expenses of the protected person. You want to be very careful in what you pay for and when as there are specific provisions under the law as to what creditors get paid first and what happens if there are not enough assets in the estate to pay all creditors. If you are in doubt, seek legal advice. Thank you for viewing this training video. The welfare of the ward and/or protected person is of utmost importance to the court. For more information about Probate please visit the judicial branch website devoted to probate at © Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PBCTM1 - 0616 Your Name: Your Address: Your City, Zip Code: Your Telephone No. Represents Self OR Attorney for: State Bar Number (if applicable): SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA IN _____________ COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of Case Number PB: DECLARATION OF COMPLETION OF TRAINING for A Deceased or Protected Person NON-LICENSED FIDUCIARIES Rule 27.1 of the Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure requires that a person to be appointed guardian, conservator, or personal representative of an estate, who is neither a state-licensed fiduciary nor a corporation, complete a training program approved by the Supreme Court of this state before permanent Letters of Appointment are issued. UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY I state to the Court that in accord with Rule 27.1 of the Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure, I have completed the required training for non-licensed, non-corporate fiduciaries, as indicated below: (Check all that apply and provide applicable information.) Unlicensed Fiduciary Date completed: Conservatorship Date completed: Personal Representative Date completed: Guardianship Date completed: Date: Signature Printed Name FOR CLERK’S USE ONLY INSTRUCTIONS: Fill out this Declaration completely and provide accurate information. Make at least one copy. You will need to file the original with the Clerk of Court and provide a copy to the Probate Registrar before receiving any permanent letters of appointment.

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