Q: How long do I have to hold on to a persons belongings after a civil standby was conducted via an order of protection?
I’m in Arizona, an individual was removed from my home due to domestic violence and an order of protection was placed. A civil standby was just conducted and belongings were left behind. How long do I have to keep her stuff on my property?
In Arizona, after a civil standby is conducted due to an order of protection, there are specific guidelines regarding how long you must hold onto the belongings of the individual who was removed. The law generally expects you to keep these belongings for a reasonable period, allowing the person adequate time to retrieve them.
Arizona statutes do not specify an exact time frame for how long you should hold the belongings. However, a commonly accepted reasonable period is 30 days. This gives the individual sufficient opportunity to make arrangements for collecting their possessions.
It's advisable to notify the individual in writing, if possible, about where their belongings are stored and the time frame they have to collect them. This communication should be clear, providing a specific deadline by which the items must be picked up.
If the individual does not collect their belongings within the specified time, you may have the right to dispose of them. However, it's important to document your efforts to contact them and safely store the items during this period.
Given the sensitivity of situations involving orders of protection and domestic violence, handling the belongings with care and in accordance with the law is important. Consulting with an attorney can provide specific guidance based on the details of your situation.
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