Arizona Probate Form

Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham)

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About Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham)

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.

Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham) 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 Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham)

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham):

  • 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 Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham) up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham)

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 Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham), 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 Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham) 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 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 Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham) 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 Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham) 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 this form 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 Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham), and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit this form Online

Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham) 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 Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham) 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.

Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham) 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 Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham) 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 Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham)

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 Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham)

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Arizona Form Order To Personal Representative And Acknowledgement (Graham). You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

Arizona Supreme Court Page 1 of 7 AOC PBPAFORM1F-012122 Person Filing: Address (if not protected): City, State, Zip Code: Telephone: Email Address: Representing [ ] Self or [ ] Lawyer for: Lawyer Bar Number: Licensed Fiduciary Number: IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF GRAHAM In the Matter of the Estate of Deceased Case Number: ORDER TO PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE and ACKNOWLEDGMENT (Assigned Judicial Officer) You have asked the court to appoint you as the personal representative of the Estate of the deceased (“decedent”). While you serve as the Estate’s personal representative, you will be under this court’s authority and supervision. This Order generally explains your duties to the Estate and this court. You may have additional duties imposed by statutes, rules, or the court. By separate order, the court may modify or excuse you from performing a specific duty described below. In Arizona, beneficiaries and creditors of an estate are expected to protect their own interests in the Estate. You must provide them with sufficient information to enable them to protect their interests. However, the court may review or supervise your actions if an interested person files a written request asking the court to do so. In addition, the court may hold you personally liable and responsible for any damage or loss to the Estate resulting from a violation of your duties. For Clerk’s Use Only Warning: Your appointment is not effective until the Clerk of the Superior Court has issued letters appointing you as personal representative. Case Number: Arizona Supreme Court Page 2 of 7 AOC PBPAFORM1F-012122 YOUR DUTIES AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE Chapter 3, Title 14 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) sets forth the powers and duties of a personal representative. You are responsible for knowing and performing your duties according to these statutes. The following is an outline of some of your duties as personal representative. 1. General Fiduciary Duties. As a personal representative, you are a fiduciary and must observe the same standard of care applicable to trustees. A.R.S. § 14-3703(A). This means you have a legal duty of fairness and impartiality to the beneficiaries and the creditors of the Estate. In re Estate of Fogleman, 197 Ariz. 252, 258, ¶ 17, 3 P.3d 1172, 1178 (App. 2000). You must be cautious and prudent in dealing with Estate assets. The Estate assets do not belong to you, and you must never use them for your personal benefit or mix them with your assets or anyone else's assets. Arizona law prohibits a personal representative from participating in transactions that involve a conflict of interest between the personal representative’s fiduciary obligations and the personal representative’s individual interests. See A.R.S. § 14-3713. Other than receiving reasonable compensation for your services as personal representative, you may not profit from dealing with Estate assets. 2. Provide Required Notices. (a) Mail a Copy of this Order. Within 30 days after the Clerk of the Superior Court issues your letters of appointment, you must mail a copy of this Order to Personal Representative to all the decedent’s heirs and devisees and to any other person who has filed a demand for notice. (b) Notice of Appointment. Within 30 days after the Clerk of the Superior Court issues your letters of appointment, you must mail notice of your appointment to the heirs and devisees whose addresses are reasonably available to you. If your appointment was made in a formal proceeding, you do not need to give notice to those persons who were given notice of the formal appointment proceeding. A.R.S. § 14-3705. (c) Notice of Admission of Will to Probate. Within 30 days of the admission of the decedent’s will to informal probate, you must provide all the decedent’s heirs and devisees with both written notice of the will’s admission to probate and a copy of the will. You must notify the heirs and devisees that they have 4 months from receipt of the notice to contest the probate. A.R.S. § 14- 3306(B). 3. File Proof of Compliance. Within 45 days after the Clerk of the Superior Court issues your letters of appointment, you must file with the court a sworn statement that you have complied with your obligations under paragraph 2. The statement must list the name and address of each person to whom you mailed the required document, the title of each document you sent that person, and the date you mailed the document to the person. Case Number: Arizona Supreme Court Page 3 of 7 AOC PBPAFORM1F-012122 4. Notice to Creditors. 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 3 consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in this county. The notice must announce your appointment as personal representative, provide your mailing address, and advise the Estate’s creditors that their claims will be barred unless the creditors present those claims within 4 months after the date the notice is first published. In addition, you must mail or personally deliver a similar notice to all known or reasonably ascertainable creditors of the Estate. A.R.S. § 14-3801(A) and (B); Tulsa Prof. Collection Servs., Inc. v. Pope, 485 U.S. 487, 491 (1988). 5. General Duty to Gather and Manage Estate Assets. (a) You must promptly identify and take possession of Estate assets and make proper arrangements to protect them. A.R.S. § 14-3709(A). Estate assets are property (real and personal) the decedent owned at the time of death. However, Estate assets do not include property that is nontestamentary in nature. (b) An asset may be nontestamentary in nature if a contractual provision controls the disposition of the assets after the decedent’s death, such as a life insurance policy, an annuity, or a retirement account that has a beneficiary designation other than the Estate. In addition, an asset owned by the decedent as “joint tenants with right of survivorship,” “pay on death,” or “transfer on death” may be nontestamentary in nature if any joint tenant or designated beneficiary survives the decedent. See A.R.S. § 14-6101. (c) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires each estate to have its own tax identification number because a decedent and that decedent’s estate become two separate tax entities after the decedent’s death. Thus, you will likely need to obtain a tax identification number for the Estate from the IRS. (d) If you take possession of any cash or cash equivalents on behalf of the Estate, you should open a bank account for the Estate. The bank most likely will require the Estate’s taxpayer identification number and a certified copy of your Letters of Personal Representative before it will open the account. The name on the account should be either “Estate of (decedent’s name), by (your name), Personal Representative” or “(your name), Personal Representative, Estate of (decedent’s name).” When you sign any documents, including checks, in your capacity as personal representative, you should be certain to sign your name as follows: “(your name), Personal Representative, Estate of (decedent’s name).” Deposit all income, cash, or other receipts into the Estate’s account. Similarly, all disbursements from the Estate should be made from that same account. Do NOT use your personal accounts to transact Estate business. (e) Make all checks payable to a specific person or entity. Do NOT make any checks payable to “cash” or to “miscellaneous.” You should make checks payable to yourself only to reimburse yourself for expenses or fees that have been itemized on a statement or receipt. You should make Case Number: Arizona Supreme Court Page 4 of 7 AOC PBPAFORM1F-012122 a note on each check describing its purpose (e.g., rent payment). In addition, you should keep all receipts or other evidence relating to the payment. Likewise, be sure to keep all the monthly bank statements so they can be used to prepare the Estate accounting(s). (f) Do NOT title Estate assets in your name individually or anyone else's name, or as a joint account, trust account (in trust for), or payable on death (“POD”) account. Do not mix any Estate assets with your own assets or anyone else’s assets. 6. Restricted Assets. If the court has entered an order restricting an account, you must file Form 10, Proof of Restricted Account from Financial Institution, within 30 days after the court’s order, or as otherwise ordered by the court. Form 10 must be signed by an authorized representative of the financial institution. Ariz. R. Prob. P. 36(b)(2). If the court has restricted your authority over any real property located in Arizona, within 10 court days after issuance of your letters of appointment, you must record a certified copy of those letters of appointment in the county where that real property is located and, no later than 45 calendar days after the county recorder has recorded your letters of appointment, you must file a copy of the recorded letters with this court. Ariz. R. Prob. P. 39(f). 7. Inventory. Unless a predecessor personal representative already has fulfilled this duty, within 90 days after your letters of appointment are issued, you must prepare an inventory that lists with reasonable detail the property the decedent owned at the time of death and the fair market value of each item as of the date of the decedent’s death. A.R.S. § 14-3706(A); Ariz. R. Prob. P. 50(a). You must either: (a) file the inventory with the court and mail a copy of it to all interested persons who request a copy, or (b) not file the inventory with the court but mail a copy of the inventory to 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 to any other interested person who requests a copy of the inventory. A.R.S. § 14-3706(B). If you do not file the inventory with the court, you must file a sworn document that identifies each person to whom you provided the inventory and how and when you provided them with the inventory. Ariz. R. Prob. P. 50(a)(3). If you discover an additional asset or discover that the value of an asset listed on the inventory is erroneous or misleading, you must prepare a supplementary inventory. If you filed the original inventory with the court, you must file the supplementary inventory with the court. If you mailed or delivered a copy of the original inventory to the heirs or devisees, you must do the same for the supplementary inventory. A.R.S. § 14-3708; Ariz. R. Prob. P. 50(a)(4). 8. Determine Statutory Allowances. You must determine whether any individual is entitled to statutory allowances under A.R.S. §§ 14-2402, -2403, and -2404. Statutory allowances include a homestead allowance, exempt property allowance, and family allowance. Case Number: Arizona Supreme Court Page 5 of 7 AOC PBPAFORM1F-012122 9. Keep Detailed Records. You must keep detailed records of your administration of the Estate. This includes a record of all funds and other assets you receive on the Estate’s behalf and a record of all disbursements you make. You must keep receipts to prove out-of-pocket expenses. 10. Taxes. You must determine what, if any, tax returns must be filed for the decedent and the Estate, file any necessary returns, and pay any taxes owed. 11. Pay Valid Claims and Expenses. You must determine which claims against, and expenses of, the Estate are valid and should be paid. You must promptly provide written notice to any creditor whose claim is disallowed that the claim will not be paid or will not be paid in full. Failure to provide timely notice of the disallowance may result in allowance of the claim by default. See A.R.S. § 14-3806. If the Estate has enough assets to satisfy any statutory allowance and to pay all valid claims against the Estate, you must pay all valid claims against the Estate. If the Estate does not have enough assets to pay in full any statutory allowances and all allowed claims, you must determine the order in which the allowances and claims should be paid according to the law. See A.R.S. §§ 14-2402(B), 14- 2403(D), 14-2404(B), and 14-3805. You may be personally liable if you pay an allowance or a claim that should not be paid. 12. Distribute Remaining Assets. After payment of any statutory allowances and all allowed claims against the Estate, you must distribute the remaining Estate assets as directed in the decedent’s probated will, or, if the court did not admit a will to probate, to the decedent’s heirs in accordance with Arizona’s intestacy statutes. If the Estate does not have enough assets to make the devises set forth in the decedent’s probated will, you must determine how Arizona law requires the distributions to be made. See A.R.S. § 14-3902. You may be personally liable if you improperly distribute Estate assets. 13. Change of Address. If your contact information changes during your appointment, you must file Form 13, Notice of Change of Fiduciary’s Contact Information, no later than 10 court days after such a change occurs. Ariz. R. Prob. P. 13(c)(1)(A). 14. Compensation for Services as Personal Representative. If you are a licensed fiduciary, are related by blood or marriage to the decedent, or are nominated in the decedent’s will to serve as personal representative, you may be entitled to compensation for your services as personal representative of the Estate. See A.R.S. §§ 14-3719 and 14-5651. If you wish to be compensated for your services as personal representative, you should keep detailed records of the time you spend performing your duties. The time records should include the date you perform each task, a description of the task, the amount of time you spent on the task, and the hourly rate you are charging for that task. Read Rule 33, Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure, and Arizona Code of Judicial Administration § 3-303 for more information about compensation for personal representative services. Case Number: Arizona Supreme Court Page 6 of 7 AOC PBPAFORM1F-012122 15. Court Involvement. To reduce expenses, estates are administered, and estate claims and expenses are paid, with little court involvement. The court does not oversee the administration of a decedent’s estate unless an interested person requests court intervention. See A.R.S. § 14-3704. 16. Close the Estate. After you have fully administered the Estate and the Estate assets have been distributed, the Estate must be closed, either formally or informally. To informally close the Estate, you must file a closing statement with the court and send a copy of it to all distributees and to all creditors or other claimants of whom you are aware whose claims are not fully paid or barred. A.R.S. § 14-3933(A). To formally close the Estate, you must file a petition, obtain a hearing date, and provide notice of that hearing. A.R.S. §§ 14-3931 and 14-3932. Usually, an estate should be completely administered and closed within two years after the initial appointment of a personal representative. If you have not closed the Estate within two years after the initial appointment of a personal representative, the court may issue a notice stating that the Estate will be administratively closed and your appointment as personal representative will be terminated without a discharge from liability unless further action is taken. Ariz. R. Prob. P. 51. 17. Legal Advice. You are responsible for obtaining proper legal advice about your duties. Failure to do so may result in personal financial liability for any losses. If you have any questions about the meaning of this order or the duties that the court’s orders, statutes, and rules impose upon you by reason of your appointment as personal representative, you should consult an attorney or petition the court for instructions. 18. Forms. Forms referred to in this order and other forms are available at DATED this day of , 20 . __________________________________________ Judicial Officer’s Signature __________________________________________ Judicial Officer’s Name (Type or Print Name) Warning: Failure to obey this order, the other orders of this court, or the statutory provisions or rules relating to personal representatives may result in your removal as personal representative and other penalties. In some circumstances, you may be held in contempt of court, and your contempt may be punished by confinement in jail, a fine, or both. Ariz. R. Prob. P. 48. Case Number: Arizona Supreme Court Page 7 of 7 AOC PBPAFORM1F-012122 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I (We), the undersigned, agree to be bound by the provisions of this order while serving as personal representative. Date Personal Representative Signature Personal Representative Name (Type or Print Name) Date Personal Representative Signature Personal Representative Name (Type or Print Name) Date Co-Personal Representative Signature (if any) Co-Personal Representative Name (Type or Print Name)

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