Arizona Probate Form pb23pz

How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff

Everything you need to know about Arizona Form pb23pz, 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 How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff

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.

How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff 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 How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff:

  • 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 pb23pz - How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form pb23pz

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 pb23pz, 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 pb23pz 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 pb23pz 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 How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff 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 How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff 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 pb23pz 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 pb23pz, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form pb23pz Online

How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff 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 pb23pz - How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff 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.

How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff 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 pb23pz - How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff 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 How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff

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 pb23pz

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Arizona Form pb23pz - How To Serve Legal Papers By Sheriff. 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 Page 1 of 2 PB23p 041519 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED LAW LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTER Procedures: How to serve legal papers by sheriff in matters of guardianship, conservatorship, informal probate of estates, and the sale of real property Before Step 1, you must have FILED the court papers. STEP 1 Arranging for service by Sheriff (in Maricopa County): •Take your court papers to one of the Sheriff’s Department Civil Process Units. These are the only locations of the Civil Process Unit, so even if you file your case at the Mesa or Surprise location, you must go to one of the following locations if you want to use the Sherriff’s Department to serve the papers. The locations are: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Civil Unit 111 South Third Avenue, 2nd Floor West Court Building Phoenix, Arizona 85003 602-876-1840 (This building does not have a public entrance. Enter at 201 W. Jefferson St. and proceed to the West Court Building.) Northeast Court Facility 40 th Street & Union Hills in North Phoenix 18380 North 40 th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85032 (Tuesday through Friday only) •Just as there are fees for filing papers with the court, there are also fees for service of those papers by the Sheriff’s Department. You may apply for a DEFERRAL OR WAIVER of those fees at the time you file your papers with the Clerk of Superior Court. © Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County Page 2 of 2 PB23p 041519 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED STEP 2 DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR SERVICE: •Complete the attached sheet for identifying the other person (Page 2) and bring it with you to the Sheriff’s Office. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has its own form, but having the attached page already filled out may assist you in filling out the Sheriff’s form. •Bring with you: 1)A set of copies of the court papers for the person being served. 2)A picture or a written physical description of the person being served. 3)A written description of the automobile the other person drives. 4)The address where the other person can be served. 5)A Certified Order Waiving/Deferring Fees or a $200.00 deposit payable by cash or money order. Costs and mileage fees will be deducted and the balance will be returned to you.* STEP 3 AFTER SERVICE IS GIVEN: •The Sheriff will mail you a copy of the AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE after he or she serves the other person with the papers. •The Sheriff may also file these papers instead of sending them back to you. •If the Sheriff sends you TWO, it is probably intended that you file the Affidavit, but either way, make sure that an AFFIDAVIT gets filed. •Bring a copy of the AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE with you to the court hearing. *As of June 8, 2012, costs are $16.00 service fee, $8.00 processing fee, and $2.40 per mile travel fee, one-way (measured from downtown Phoenix) for each separate attempt at service. © Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County Page 1 of 1 PB23p 041519 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (YOUR NAME) (ADDRESS) (CITY/STATE/ZIP CODE ) (TELEPHONE NUMBER) County Sheriff (NAME OF COUNTY) (ADDRESS) (CITY/STATE/ZIP) NAME OF PERSON TO BE SERVED: COURT CASE NUMBER: I enclose a copy of the following documents: (LIST ALL DOCUMENTS YOU WANT SERVED) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Please serve these papers on person named above. Current address and physical description are: (HOME ADDRESS) (WORK ADDRESS) (HOME CITY/STATE/ZIP) (WORK CITY/STATE, ZIP) SEX RACE BIRTH HGT. WGT. EYES HAIR SSN Please return a notarized Affidavit of Service to my address at your earliest convenience. Maricopa County Superior Court requires that each document served be named in the Affidavit of Service. I enclose a deposit for $200.00. I understand there is a $16.00 service fee, $2.40 per mile, one way, for each attempt at service travel fee, and an $8.00 documentation fee. I understand the difference between my deposit and the fees accrued for service will be billed or returned to me. OR, I enclose a certified copy of the Order for Waiver/Deferral of fees for Service of Process. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. (YOUR SIGNATURE) Enclosures

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