Arizona Probate Form pbgtm1

Guardianship Training Manual

Everything you need to know about Arizona Form pbgtm1, 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 Guardianship 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.

Guardianship 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 Guardianship Training Manual

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Guardianship 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 pbgtm1 - Guardianship Training Manual up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form pbgtm1

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 pbgtm1, 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 pbgtm1 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 pbgtm1 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 Guardianship 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 Guardianship 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 pbgtm1 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 pbgtm1, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form pbgtm1 Online

Guardianship 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 pbgtm1 - Guardianship 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.

Guardianship 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 pbgtm1 - Guardianship 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 Guardianship 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 pbgtm1

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Arizona Form pbgtm1 - Guardianship 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 PBGTM1 – 0616 GUARDIANSHIP 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. PBGTM1 – 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. PBGTM1 – 061316 2 After viewing the contents of this manual you will be able to: •Summarize the major responsibilities of being a Guardian •Compare and Contrast the roles of guardian and parent •Explain the difference between best interest and substituted judgment •Discuss the difficulties involving making decisions for the Ward Responsibilities of a Guardian As the guardian, it is your job to ensure that the ward maintains as much independence and autonomy as possible. It is easy to fall into the role of protector, but try to keep in mind that your role is similar to that of a parent to a child. A parent wants to assist a child in navigating the world around them, ensuring they handle the tasks they are capable of handling on their own so they can continue to grow and learn. As the guardian of a disabled or elderly adult, you want to do the same thing. For example, if the ward is capable of maintaining their home without the assistance of a housekeeper or in-home care provider, allow them to do that. Try to allow them as much input into your decisions as possible. Best Interest/Substituted Judgment Your role as the guardian is to listen to the ward 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 ward in one of two ways; using either substituted judgment or the best interest standard. Substituted Judgment When making decisions using substituted judgment you are doing exactly as it sounds; making the decision that the ward would make if they had the mental capacity to do so. You have an obligation to discuss the decision you are going to make with the ward and listen to their preferences in that situation. For example, if the doctor is recommending that the ward have surgery to put in a pacemaker you should discuss this with the ward. 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 their reason for making the decision. When using substituted judgment it is also helpful to talk to other family members or friends about conversations they have had with the ward. Has the ward ever talked about their preference for medical treatment? Do they want all measures taken to prolong their life or do they want only pain management? Do they wish to be buried or cremated? Your job is to determine what their preferences were when they were still capable of making those decisions. Best Interest Decisions Making decisions using substituted judgment may be easier for a guardian dealing with an elderly disabled ward as opposed to an adult who has been disabled since birth. When dealing with an elderly ward, at one time they were most likely competent and capable of understanding cause and effect relationships. As such, they may have discussed their preferences before becoming disabled; thereby giving you a better understanding of what their wants would be now. PBGTM1 – 061316 3 With a ward who has been disabled since birth, it may be more difficult to know their wants as these may never have been clearly expressed. In this situation, or in situations where the ward’s preferences may cause serious harm or injury, you would be making your decision based on what you believe to be in the ward’s best interest. Difficult 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 guardian – 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 ward, you should be prepared to defend that decision. Coordinating Services As the guardian, it is your responsibility to ensure that the ward is receiving appropriate medical care, proper education and their overall health and welfare is protected. As a guardian you will be responsible for coordinating medical appointments and being aware of the medical needs of the ward. Do they need hearing aids? What about dentures? Are they diabetic? If so, quarterly appointments with a podiatrist may be useful. Maybe the ward is a 19-year-old disabled adult. Can they still attend school? What about attending life skills training such as cooking or balancing a checkbook? If the ward has the ability to benefit from this type of training then it is your responsibility to coordinate these services for them. Ensuring Medical Needs are Being Met What is informed consent? The National Guardianship Association (NGA) does an excellent job of discussing the issue of informed consent in their “Standards of Practice.” NGA Standard 6 defines informed consent as “a person’s agreement to a particular course of action based on a full disclosure of facts needed to make decisions intelligently.” In order for it to be considered informed consent, you must have received adequate information about the issue you are being asked to consider and you must enter into the decision voluntarily and without feeling coerced. Medical Considerations The NGA provides an online outline that may be very useful when trying to make medical decisions on behalf of the ward. This outline can be found at The pages that follow cover the NGS's Standards of Practice 6. PBGTM1 – 061316 4 Informed Consent As a guardian you should have a clear understanding of the issue for which informed consent is being sought. If needed, ask as many questions as it takes to feel comfortable that you understand what is being proposed for the ward. Again, keep in mind the adult/child relationship. What types of questions would an adult ask if someone was suggesting this course of treatment for a child? Determine Conditions Determine the conditions that necessitate treatment or action. In other words, what is the underlying problem that is causing the doctor to suggest this form of treatment? For example, what if the ward has started exhibiting behavioral outbursts and aggressiveness towards caregivers and the doctor wants to prescribe an anti-p sychotic medication that has potential for significant side effects? You might first want to consider if these outbursts are because the ward is in pain and instead of the prescription medication, a simple regimen of over the counter pain medication would be the better solution. Ward’s Preference Advise the ward of the decision that is required and determine, to the extent possible, their current preferences. Determine whether the ward has previously stated preferences in regard to a decision of this nature. This relates back to the substituted judgment vs. best interest standard. Alternatives Determine the expected outcome of each alternative. Using the example of the prescription medication versus simple medication, is it better to consent to the prescription or to request over the counter pain medication first to rule out the need for pain management? In addition to the expected outcomes, you should also consider the benefits and risks of each alternative. Finally, you should ask, does this decision need to be made now rather than later? Later vs. Sooner In relation to making a decision later rather than sooner, you may want to consider a decision to take no action at all. Keep in mind, sometimes this is the best decision. It may be that the ward is elderly and was presented with an option to have a pacemaker in the past. At the time, the ward was competent and determined that she did not believe the risks of the procedure were worth the benefit. In this situation you would want to consider her reasoning at the time she made this decision and make your decision in the same manner. Least Restrictive Decision When faced with a decision you may want to determine what the least restrictive alternative is for the situation. As the guardian, your role is to ensure that the ward receives the least restrictive form of intervention to ensure the ward maintains as much independence and autonomy as possible. In the behavioral example given earlier, over the counter pain medication would be the lesser restrictive alternative. Living at home with caregivers as opposed to placement in an assisted living facility or nursing home is another example of a lesser restrictive alternative. PBGTM1 – 061316 5 Second Opinion Obtain a second opinion, if necessary. The same rights you have over your own person, you have over the ward. If you feel you need a second medical opinion before making a decision for treatment, by all means, seek a second medical opinion. Seek Resources in Family and Friends It may be helpful to obtain information or input from family, friends or professional fiduciaries. Again, this goes back to making a decision using informed consent vs. substituted judgment. It is always beneficial to seek out assistance from the resources available in your community. Many professional guardians are willing to consult with you to assist you with a particular problem or issue. Many times they have dealt with a similar situation and can point you in the right direction. All hospitals will have a bioethics team available to consult with you about a particular medical procedure. Be familiar with the resources available within your community and use them. Written Documentation Obtain written documentation of all reports relevant to each decision. Always keep in mind that your decision is open to scrutiny by others; other family members, court-appointed counsel, or the courts. You want to ensure that you can always support and/or justify a decision you have made on behalf of the ward. Ensuring Benefits are Received You need to ensure that you have applied for and are receiving all of the benefits that the ward may be entitled to receive. This may include applying to Medicare, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the Arizona Long Term Care System, the Veteran’s Administration for benefits, the Department of Developmental Disabilities, any form of supplemental health insurance that may be available to the ward, and Medicare Part D to help with prescription drug coverage. Ward’s Rights The rights that the ward maintains will be outlined in your order of appointment. In most instances the ward will lose the right to drive, vote, determine where they live, consent to medical treatment or maintain firearms. It should be noted that the right to vote on behalf of the ward does not transfer to the guardian. Handling Money The law allows a guardian to handle money on behalf of the ward if there is no conservator appointed. In most instances, if the ward receives more than just Social Security income and has significant assets, such as a home, car or brokerage account, then the court will appoint a conservator. The Order to Guardian indicates that the guardian shall not manage more than $10,000 on behalf of the ward. This value comes from the statutes related to a guardian of a minor. There is no provision in the law to indicate how much money a guardian can manage on behalf of the adult ward so most courts use the same standard as outlined for minors. PBGTM1 – 061316 6 Accepting Gifts from the ward The disclosure statement you must file as the guardian 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 ward without first seeking court approval. Additionally, the statute requires that a conservator receive court approval prior to giving any gifts at all on behalf of a ward or protected person. The general rule is that you should not accept gifts from the ward. Annual Guardianship Report Obtain a physician’s statement While it is not required that you obtain a current physician’s statement for your annual guardianship report, it is very helpful for the court if you include one. It can be as simple as a summary outlining the most recent appointment with the ward or could be as detailed as the information contained in the original report to the court. Annual Report Due Dates The annual report is due on the anniversary date that your permanent letters of guardianship were issued. The first report will include the time from the date of your first appoint through the end of the ninth month after the permanent appointment. For example, if you were appointed as the temporary guardian on January 1 st and your permanent letters of appointment were issued on February 1 st , the time frame for your first annual guardianship report would be from January 1 st through November 30 th . If you only had permanent letters of appointment issued and they issued on January 30 th , the report would be from January 30 h through October 31 st . Each report after that will be for an entire year. If the ending date of your first report was October 31 st , the time frame for all subsequent reports will be November 1 st through October 31 st . Information in the Report The information contained in the guardianship report includes: the ward's current address; how many times you have seen the ward during the report period; the date you last saw the ward; the name and contact information for physicians and any specialists seen by the ward, including any dates for the most recent visits; any major changes in the ward’s condition since the last report; whether or not you believe the guardianship should continue; an outline of any state or federal benefits received by the ward, and the caseworker assigned to oversee those benefits. Change of Address Notification According to the Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure, Rule 10(C)(1)(c), the fiduciary must update the probate information sheet with the new address of the ward within three (3) days of the change of address. Payment as the Guardian You are entitled to payment for your time as the guardian. If you intend to seek compensation from the estate of the ward, 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 ward’s estate for any money you pay out of pocket for their benefit. For PBGTM1 – 061316 7 example, if you pay for a filing fee with the court, you would be entitled to be reimbursed for that expense. Attorney Fees Can you hire an attorney? You may hire an attorney and you are entitled to have the fees for that attorney paid by the ward’s estate. 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 Ward Dies When the ward dies, you must file a Notice of Death with the court within ten (10) days after the date of death. As an operation of law, your authority as the guardian ceases at the time the ward dies. If you are managing any funds on behalf of the ward, such as Social Security benefits, you may be required to return those funds to the Social Security Administration or give them to the individual who will ultimately be responsible for distributing the ward’s estate to the ward’s beneficiaries. Thank you for viewing this training manual. 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 PBGTM1 – 0912 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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