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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: credit card debt claim made within 4 month probate window, claimant is debt collector, not CC co. Does estate pay?

The estate has the funds but CITIBANK had forwarded to a debt collector. Ascension point.

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Mar 31, 2021

One of the jobs of Personal Representative of the estate is to pay all of the decedent's verified debts. If you look on the form that you signed to open the probate, which is called ORDER TO PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND INFORMATION TO HEIRS/DEVISEES, item 13 says that your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: I have a question about my grandparents estate that is currently being held by the Department of treasury.

I have a copy of the will where he states who each property would go to. We also know he had life insurance and his business that was not distributed properly or at all for that matter. The homes he left to family in the will were in Forclosure due to the person not distributing everything the way... Read more »

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Mar 9, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss.

I apologize. I don't know if I understand you completely. If the estate is being held by Treasury, is it because there are back taxes which need to be paid?

To answer your other question. A copy of the Will won't be enough. The will must be...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Arizona on
Q: How do I go about writing a will in this situation?

I am a middle aged woman who is receiving SSI, and I would like to write a will. Upon my death, I plan on giving all of my household goods to a thrift store, and I would like to place money on the side to pay for any outstanding debts. Also, I am concerned about my personal information regarding my... Read more »

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Feb 26, 2021

Thank you so much for your questions.

I will try to answer you as best I can. A Last Will is designed to transfer assets to your loved ones at your death. A Last Will must be entered into Probate Court in order to work. Probate can be an expensive process. The person who is appointed...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Arizona on
Q: I'm looking for a Business attorney that can help me prepare a Certificate/Resolution per the SBA request.

This was the email I received from SBA below

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1. Please provide a Certificate/Resolution that includes:

a. A statement that the LLC held a meeting and specify the date (on or after loan approval date of 6/2/2020)

b. A statement that the LLC authorizes... Read more »

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Feb 23, 2021

Thanks so much for the list. You will need to hire an attorney to prepare these for you. If the business is in San Diego the attorney must be licensed in California.

3 Answers | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: Father who was married when he expired had no will. What rights does the children have when it comes to his assets?

His assets include a condo, vehicles, and personal items.

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Feb 8, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Although the laws of intestacy say you have rights, the key is how the assets are titled on your father's death. If everything is titled jointly with his wife, the wife will get everything immediately upon his death. There would be nothing remaining to give to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Arizona on
Q: My dads significant other, not married, showd copy of trust disinheriting biokogical children and now she is acting ...

against his wishes. keeping his remains and estate. trust is not even two months old

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Jan 27, 2021

I would strongly urge you to contact an attorney who specializes in Trust litigation in Arizona to discuss the circumstances. I know this is deeply troubling. You are entitled to have answers to these questions.

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4 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: My mom died and her husband died 10 months later. The home they had was in both names.

I found out that the husbands son has been paying the mortgage and taxes on the property. Am I entitled to anything?

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Dec 17, 2020

I am so sorry for you loss. This may not seem like it, but it is a very complicated question.

As your mother's child, you have legal rights. However your rights are limited by choices your mother may have made with her husband.

I recommend you go to an attorney in your area...
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3 Answers | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: Both my sister and I are joint executors on my dad’s estate. My sister is asking me to re-move/RE-enunciate myself?

My sister lives in Colorado & I live in Arizona...What would be the purpose in removing myself as executor?

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Nov 17, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. This question says to me, that there are difficulties here.

Once both you are appointed as Co-Executors of an estate, both of you should generally remain as Co-Executors of the estate, unless there are serious problems or concerns. Your email does not list the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Native American Law for Arizona on
Q: Co-trustee and current beneficiary wants to resign and make me Trustee of Land trust - I'm successor and 2nd beneficiary

The Trustor was my Uncle, and he died in 2017. He and his ex-wife are co-trustees for the land trust, I believe his name is still on it because she couldn't get a death certificate (they divorced in 1987). The ex-wife wants to resign as co-trustee and walk away, leaving me the trust and... Read more »

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Oct 26, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. This sounds like quite a difficult process.

I don't want to give you any advice, based upon what you wrote. Here is what I think you need to do:

1. Determine the value of the real estate, and whether or not the real estate is in the trust to...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arizona on
Q: Easiest, least expense way to deal with a $1,800 final disbursement payment made to my deceased fathers estate.

In Maricopa County, AZ. Father was a widower with two equal heirs, myself and brother, he has (had) a will and trust document drawn up. I also obtained an estate EIN. His only account transferred as a POD account. No other assets, except this $1,800 check.

Could the check payable to... Read more »

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Oct 8, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss.

Now let me answer your question. If the $1800 dollar account is all there is, then you and your brother probably need to prepare a small estate affidavit. This affidavit will need to be signed and notarized by both of you. Sometimes the financial services...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arizona on
Q: Can my two brothers, who are and were living in my father's house stay in the home now that he's passed?

His final will and testament didn't include his new address. The will was made over 30 years ago with his old address. He owns his current home free and clear. No outstanding debts.

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley answered on Oct 5, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss.

Even though this seems like a simple questions it is not. It is actually a very complicated question because the law is very complicated. It is complex in order to make certain that none of the people involved are committing fraud.

So, In order to...
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3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Arizona on
Q: Non Arizona resident parent has been moved here so we can provide in home care.

The intent was for them to regain strength and return to a senior facility in Wyoming. If they die here are they subject to Arizona laws such a probate for estate? The Will was created in Wyoming with only money as assets.

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley answered on Sep 23, 2020

Residency is a facts and circumstances test. However, a Last Will which was created in Wyoming, will generally work in Arizona, if residency has changed.

Probate will depend upon whether or not the beneficiaries have control over the assets. There are many ways to find out about...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arizona on
Q: How can I collect personal belongs of my ex mother in laws who passed when her boyfriend doesnt wanna give us her stuff?

My ex mother in law died in a car accident 3 days ago, she didnt have a will but has stated to multiple people that I was the one that she wanted to be executor. she was suppose to get in writing but died before doing so. She was living with her boyfriend who is a drug addict and was abusive to... Read more »

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Sep 23, 2020

I am sorry for your loss.

Unfortunately, when people do not put their wishes in writing, problems arise. What she said before her death, without written proof, may no longer apply. Her children are the best ones to open probate to get control of her assets. I recommend working with...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arizona on
Q: My father passed away September 14. He owned property before he married his current wife. Rights of his children?

The original Will allowed his wife to remain in the home until her death and then property would be transferred to us. 2 weeks before he died he changed the Will and left everything to her. We believe coercion was involved? What are our rights? How do we find out who his attorney is?

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley answered on Sep 21, 2020

Mr. Price is absolutely correct. You need to see the Will immediately. You will also need to hire an attorney to represent your interests. Justia has many attorneys who will be able to help you. My best advice is to act quickly.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Am I entitled any part of the family owned business.

I was the bosses daughters boss at another job. We ended up getting married but before we got married, the dad asked me to come work for him. I worked there for 16 yrs and ran the place for 10-12 yrs. Parents of wife said that I would always have job if we ever got divorced. Part of the business... Read more »

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Sep 21, 2020

The laws of community property may apply here if your husband had any rights in business. Your divorce attorney can obtain information on ownership of the company. Information may also be available on the ACC website if the business is an Arizona entity. I would strongly recommend you go online... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: My sister died in AZ without a will, do I need to wait 6 months to transfer her house title to myself to sell it?

I can use the small estate transfer by value of her assets, is this the best process? If I file for probate to sell her house will I have to pay her creditors

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley answered on Sep 15, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss.

It is difficult for me to answer your questions with the facts you give me. I need to know whether your sister had other family...children, spouse or other brothers and sisters. Also who are creditors? Is there a mortgage (in AZ called Deed of Trust) on the...
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3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Arizona on
Q: Officiating intestate succession. Boyfriends father dord 08/18/20, no will, and small estate only.

Vehicle and some money, no other assets or debts. He and siblings are obviously heirs but do they need to officiate that they are? They need to get hos vehicle out of impound asap but only in dads name.

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley answered on Sep 2, 2020

I am so sorry for your boyfriend's loss.

In reading your question, all I can say is sometimes small estates can be very complicated.

In Arizona you can transfer assets, including vehicles with a Small Estate Affidavit. That is used for estates with personal property, cash and...
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3 Answers | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: I bought 2.5 acres in 1991 for $27,500 and built a 1100 sqft building on it and moved in 1997.

In 1998 I married my wife and in 2000 started a 3100 sqft addition to the building. In 2010 my wife had a stroke and all work stop. In 2020 my wife died without a will, the property is still in my name only.

My wife had a daughter from a previous marriage she is asking for half of the... Read more »

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Sep 1, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss.

As you can see below, there is no simple answer to your question. The law is complex and the rules of Community Property even more so. The law seems clear, different facts and circumstances can change the result.

I would strongly advise you to contact...
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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: My siblings and I are apparent heirs to an estate. Do we need representation in probate court.

A fiduciary LLC has filed a petition requesting a hearing. An emergency hearing has been scheduled for 9/8. Another hearing labeled Miscellaneous(Appearance) is scheduled for 9/22. We have received solicitations to be represented for a percentage of the estate. Decedents may have died intestate.

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Ilene L McCauley answered on Aug 31, 2020

Absolutely, you need an attorney.

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3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Arizona on
Q: my aunt set a trust up and named her husband the trustee. can we get money before he dies if it states not until he die

My aunt has passed, The trust supposedly states no monies to paid out until he dies. Can we get past that?

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley answered on Aug 28, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss.

Generally speaking, when a husband and wife set up a trust the Trust is written so that the Trust assets stay in the trust, until both of them are gone.

If you believe that there are problems with this Trust, then I strongly urge you to bring a copy...
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