Phoenix, AZ asked in Probate for Arizona

Q: How do i get the deed in my name after probate? I

My step-dad left the house to my mom in his will. She never put it in her name. Both have passed. His wife illegally put the house deed in her name. We went through probate. I won. The judge said the wills are valid and she has no legal claim to the house. Illness,covid, and family deaths all hit so I didn't close probate. I sent the deed of distribution and closed probate, but don't know how to put the deed in my name. I paid a company to do it, they took my $ but I never heard from them again. I just need to know if I messed this up and how can I get the house in my name. Step-dad's wife tried to sell the house after the judge said it wasn't hers. Family friend sent sent letter to buyer to explain and they stopped the sale after we said we would sue them.

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Andre L. Pennington
Andre L. Pennington
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  • Probate Lawyer
  • Surprise, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Typically you’ll need to record the deed of distribution with the Recorder’s Office to put the home in your name. You may need the assistance of an experienced probate attorney to ensure all was done correctly.

Gregory Christopher Poulos agrees with this answer

Gregory Christopher Poulos
Gregory Christopher Poulos
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  • Probate Lawyer
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: I agree with Mr. Pennington. You question is a bit confusing because you should have just done a deed of distribution from you as the Personal Representative to you as a beneficiary. It is unclear what you did and why you did it. I also recommend that you hire counsel to resolve this as soon as possible. It should not be an expensive representation, but you have already cost yourself unnecessary time and effort.

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