Arizona Probate Form Form 09

Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima)

Everything you need to know about Arizona Form Form 09, 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 Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima)

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.

Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima) 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 Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima)

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima):

  • 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 Form 09 - Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima) up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form Form 09

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 Form 09, 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 Form 09 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 Form 09 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 Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima) 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 Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima) 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 Form 09 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 Form 09, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form Form 09 Online

Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima) 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 Form 09 - Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima) 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.

Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima) 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 Form 09 - Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima) 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 Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima)

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
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The Exact Text on Form Form 09

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Arizona Form Form 09 - Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Manual (Pima). 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 PBFTM1 - 0912 UNLICENSED FIDUCIARY 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. PBFTM1 – 091912 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: http://www.azcourts.gov/probate/Training.aspx 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. You may also pick up a printout of the same materials at no charge from any Self-Service Center location. 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. PBFTM1 – 091912 2 After viewing the contents of this manual you will be able to: • Recall the qualifying requirements • Discuss the differences among the 3 roles • List the basic responsibilities for each role • Describe the order of priority for assigning each role Unlicensed Fiduciary Roles As an unlicensed fiduciary you may be appointed in one of 3 roles: Guardian, Conservator or Personal Representative. These roles have similarities, but also distinct differences. This overview is designed to help you determine the responsibilities associated with your appointed role. GUARDIANSHIP  What is a Guardian? A guardian is responsible for making personal decisions for an individual deemed incapacitated by the Superior Court, typically referred to as the “ward.” The guardian of a ward has the same rights and responsibilities as a parent does to an un-emancipated minor, except that the guardian does not have any liability to a third party. In other words, a guardian is not responsible for the debts or actions of their ward that a parent is for their child.  Qualify for Appointment A person must first qualify in order to be considered for appointment as someone’s guardian. They must attest (or swear) that they have never been convicted of a felony, never been removed as a guardian for wrongdoing, and that they understand the responsibilities of being a guardian.  Priority of Appointment The court has the ability to pass over an individual who has a higher priority if the court believes there is a valid reason to do so. For example, if the court determines that the durable or healthcare power of attorney presented by the proposed ward’s spouse is not a valid document, the proposed ward did not have the legal capacity to execute the document, or the spouse used undue influence to get the proposed ward to sign the document, the court may instead appoint the proposed ward’s adult child.  General Responsibilities The guardian is responsible for making all medical and personal decisions on behalf of the ward. For example, the guardian must consent to medical treatment, determine where the ward will live while maintaining their current standard of living, and ensure that they are receiving the education and training that they would be entitled to and which may increase their quality of life. PBFTM1 – 091912 3 CONSERVATORSHIP  What is a Conservatorship? A conservator is an individual who is responsible for managing the assets – for example, money, brokerage accounts, homes, or businesses - of a “ward” or “protected person.” A ward is an individual who has been determined to be incapacitated by the superior court. A protected person is someone who has not had a guardian appointed and has not been declared incapacitated by the superior court but the court has determined that they need assistance in managing their assets. The court determines that someone needs protection if they have assets that may be wasted or lost because they cannot protect the assets themselves due to a number of reasons including mental illness, mental deficiency or chronic intoxication.  Priority of Appointment Just as when being appointed a guardian, an individual who wants to be appointed as conservator must first show the court that they are qualified. They must prove they have never been convicted of a felony, never been removed as conservator due to wrongdoing, and understand the role of a conservator. Once the court has determined that an individual is qualified, the court may also assign priority to the individual based on given criteria. 1 st Level - A conservator who has been appointed in ANOTHER jurisdiction where the protected person resides. A first level priority may be assigned to a conservator who has been appointed in ANOTHER jurisdiction where the protected person resides. This is different than the guardianship priority statute as it distinguishes between someone who has already been appointed in any jurisdiction, including the one where the petition may currently be pending, and one appointed in another jurisdiction, such as another county or state. 2 nd Level - Nominated by protected person A second level priority is assigned to someone nominated by the proposed person in need of protection if the court determines that the individual has the mental capacity to make the nomination. 3 rd Level - Nominated in protected person’s power of attorney A third level priority is an individual nominated in the proposed protected person’s durable power of attorney. Additional levels of priority are assigned based on a certain set of criteria. However, as in a guardianship proceeding, the court has the ability to pass over an individual who has a higher priority if the court believes there is a valid reason to do so. 4 th Level - The proposed protected person’s spouse 5 th Level - The proposed protected person’s adult child 6 th Level - The parent of the proposed protected person or an individual nominated in the Last Will and Testament of the deceased parent PBFTM1 – 091912 4 7 th Level - Any relative who the proposed protected person has lived with for the six months prior to the petition. 8 th Level - Someone nominated by an individual proving care to or paying benefits for the proposed protected person. 9 th Level - If the proposed protected person is a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, than the Department of Veterans Affairs 10 th Level - A fiduciary who is licensed by the Arizona Supreme Court who is NOT the public fiduciary 11 th Level - The public fiduciary  General Responsibilities The conservator has the responsibility to manage the assets of the protected person as a prudent man would. In other words, the conservator must ensure that the money and assets of the protected person are used only for the benefit of the protected person. The conservator must ensure that the assets of the protected person are invested properly and appropriately to maintain the protected person’s current living circumstances.  Endorsement Finally, an individual who has been appointed as the conservator may petition the court to allow their letters of conservatorship to be “endorsed.” This means that the court grants the same authority to the conservator that a personal representative has and that they may administer the estate of the decedent in accordance with the Last Will and Testament of the decedent, or by the laws of the State of Arizona. A conservator must wait 40 days from the date of death of the decedent before they apply to have their letters of conservatorship endorsed. There are a number of provisions to allow individuals with an interest in the estate to nominate an individual they believe is more appropriate to act. PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE  What is a Personal Representative? A personal representative (also known as an executor or administrator in other states) is a person responsible for handling the assets of a deceased, the decedent, and individual.  Priority of Appointment The court may assign priority to the individual appointed as personal representative based on a certain set of criteria. 1. The person nominated in the Last Will and Testament 2. The surviving spouse who is also a devisee (Devisee is a person named in the Will to receive property of the decedent) 3. Other devisees of the Will 4. The surviving spouse 5. Other heirs of the decedent (An heir is someone who is authorized to receive the property of a decedent by law such as children, grandchildren, siblings, etc. Just because someone is an “heir at law” does not mean they are the devisee of a Will.) 6. If the decedent was a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs PBFTM1 – 091912 5 7. Any creditor if a probate has not been initiated 45 days after the death of the decedent 8. The public fiduciary  Testate versus Intestate Testate administration means the decedent left a valid Last Will and Testament and the personal representative shall administer the assets of the estate in accordance with the provisions of the Last Will and Testament. An intestate estate is one in which an individual dies without leaving a valid Last Will and Testament and their assets pass according to what is referred to as “intestate succession.” This is a provision in the law that outlines who is to receive the property of the decedent; typically, the spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, nieces/nephews, cousins, or other relatives.  General Responsibilities The personal representative is responsible for distributing the property of the decedent based on either the terms of the Last Will and Testament or the laws of the State of Arizona if the decedent died without a Will. The personal representative must protect the property of the decedent for the benefit of the 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 www.azcourts.gov/probate.

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