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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Probate, Energy, Oil and Gas and Estate Planning for Arizona on
Q: My dads wife hid assets and alot of mineral and oil rights so I can't find them.im rep of estate,only heir, how to find?

My dad and grandpa had alot of mineral rights I am rep of estate, only heir on,y child, his wife lied to judge and said he had no child I proved I am only child, she has

Gifted and illegally sold some if his assets that should of went to me when she passed, can't find estate house,... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 7, 2024

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It sounds like you have been thrust into a difficult role as rep (do you mean administrator or executor?). Maybe the best thing for you do would be to consult with an attorney who handles wills, trusts, estates.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: Probate law Q: I am the sole beneficiary and personal representative of my fathers annuity trust fund.

Need free legal advice on what to do to do, Completed all legal steps. Its been 8 years and no lawyer can provide information on how I can what my deceased father left me. I need to move forward with this. I look forward to a response for advice and or answers on my next steps to take in this... View More

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answered on May 9, 2024

Annuities are notorious for not paying out to designated beneficiaries. You might be able to sue the Annuity/Insurance company, but what court has jurisdiction will be a problem. SOL may have run, AZ law may not apply. Hire an attorney to sue in a local AZ Court or in Federal Court.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Arizona on
Q: Does title in AZ go back to original title after one person quik claim deeded his 50% to someone and they signed deed ba

My boyfriend and I own property in AZ Deed said 50% each with right to survivorship Boyfriend quik claim deeded his50% to someone and then that person was paid $8500 to sign back to my boyfriend! Now boyfriend dies and I want to sell! Is our title as it was when we purchased

Gregory Christopher Poulos
Gregory Christopher Poulos
answered on May 7, 2024

I strongly suggest you order a title search and consult with an attorney because these transfers may have left you with only half of the property interest which means the other half belongs to your boyfriend's estate.

"Right of Survivorship" in Arizona only applies to married...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arizona on
Q: What's my next move if after being named in the will (and by court) PR, someone has apparently petitioned as PR as well?

They have been given a case number as well. I would really like to keep this an informal probate. The other party is an estranged step father..HELP

Gregory Christopher Poulos
Gregory Christopher Poulos
answered on May 7, 2024

Unfortunately, unless the estranged stepfather is going to withdraw voluntarily you are going to have to petition the court formally. I suggest that you may need legal counsel to advise you. A demand letter may be the first step to avoid any litigation, but if there is no positive response a formal... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arizona on
Q: What's my next move if after being named in the will (and by court) PR, someone has apparently petitioned as PR as well?

They have been given a case number as well. I would really like to keep this an informal probate. The other party is an estranged step father..HELP

David Gerszewski
David Gerszewski
answered on May 7, 2024

I would advise you to contact a probate attorney that can deal with contested matters. You will have to petition to the court if the stepfather doesn't withdraw. If the stepfather was married to the person that passed away at the time of their passing they may have priority as well. One way or... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Arizona on
Q: My girlfriend is getting an inheritance from her dads will.Family lawyer says we have to pay a oath & stamp duty fee

and a nortization fee equaling to a totall of 130k. Im more curious to make sure its not a scam. The inheritance money wise is over 7 million and 65 acres of land.

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answered on Apr 17, 2024

GF needs to hire an AZ attorney to check out the Probate Action. Then he needs to look into the distribution itself. Notary fees do not justify $130K ever. However it sounds like there are other fees involved, not just for a notary. Also the Deed will need to be drafted correctly to convey... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Probate and Small Claims for Arizona on
Q: Tenant now deceased. No contact with son in 60+days. 5th wheel still on my property. What legal rights do I have

Tenant lived in his fifth wheel but on my land Tucson, AZ. His son was here in Nov just after his dad passed, not heard from him since. At that time no will was presented. Can I put a lien on 5th wheel? There is a title on fifth wheel but I do not know whose name it is under. Father and son had no... View More

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

As the landlord, you have certain legal rights in this situation, but it's important to proceed carefully and in accordance with Arizona law. Here are some steps you can consider:

1. Attempt to contact the son: Make reasonable efforts to reach out to the son and inform him of the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Probate for Arizona on
Q: Father passed away, his name forged on quitclaim, notary found to not be diligent and got commission revoked.

My sister forged our dads name on a quitclaim deed, I had filed a complaint on the notary which originally resulted in her favor but this week I got a letter from the secretary of the state saying they found multiple things she did wrong with the investigation and the fact that they don't... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

You need a real estate litigation attorney to file a lawsuit against your sister to have the deed declared void due to forgery. Do not delay. But in the meantime, if you get a whiff of the house going under contract then contact the escrow company and pointedly inform them that there is reason to... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Probate for Arizona on
Q: Father passed away, his name forged on quitclaim, notary found to not be diligent and got commission revoked.

My sister forged our dads name on a quitclaim deed, I had filed a complaint on the notary which originally resulted in her favor but this week I got a letter from the secretary of the state saying they found multiple things she did wrong with the investigation and the fact that they don't... View More

Gregory Christopher Poulos
Gregory Christopher Poulos
answered on Mar 21, 2024

I agree with attorney Whitehurst that you must act immediately to hire an attorney. While you may certainly consult with a real estate litigation attorney I would suggest that you consider a consultation with a probate attorney that handles probate litigation. While very similar since it affects... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arizona on
Q: Can i sue my brother for a percentage of the sale of our dad's house?

My dad died and left his house to my brother. My brother sold the house and didnt give me the money he promised. Am i entitled to percentage of the sale?

Marcus N. Seiter
Marcus N. Seiter
answered on Mar 5, 2024

I am sorry that you lost your father. I am also sorry that your brother did not keep his promise to you. However, if your father gave his house solely to your brother outright and free of any trust as your brother’s inheritance, then you are not entitled to any proceeds of the sale when your... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arizona on
Q: How can I correct an error on a Voluntary Administration Statement after it has been certified?

I listed the wrong year, but the correct VIN number on the form for a car. The RMV in Arizona will not accept the form because I listed the wrong year. It should be 2013 Honda Civic, I listed it as 2014.

Thanks!

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

To correct an error on a Voluntary Administration Statement in Arizona, particularly one involving a vehicle's year of manufacture, you'll need to file an amended statement with the correct information.

Start by contacting the probate court where you filed the original Voluntary...
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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: My husband took his life and his mom took possession of his belongings and his body, and now demanding his things.

We were married in secret in Mexico because his family has always been abusive. As far as they knew we were living together and engaged happily. We both made our wills after some difficult times we had with our health and his will is signed by myself and my mom and witnesses. My husband struggled... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Aug 16, 2023

I'm sorry for your loss and all that you're going through with your spouse's mother.

You filed this under Family Law (which is divorce and child custody), Civil Litigation (lawsuits), and Wrongful Death (when you sue someone for killing a family member). What you need to do...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arizona on
Q: My domestic partner of 15 years justpassed and his daughter who doesn’t even live in this state is taking over my home.

How can I obtain legal rights to stay in my home for 6 mos

Marcus N. Seiter
Marcus N. Seiter
answered on Jul 5, 2023

I am sorry for your loss. To fully answer your question, an attorney would need some more information like: (1) How was the home titled at your partner's death? (2) Did your partner have a valid estate plan (Will, Trust, etc.) that includes this home and, if so, does that plan spell out any... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: If a decedent did not leave a will and spouse receives a check in the decedents name, does the spouse go Thru probate
Gregory Christopher Poulos
Gregory Christopher Poulos
answered on May 6, 2023

There is not enough information in your questions to provide a full answer. It may depend upon the amount of the check and the possible beneficiaries. If the amount of the check is below the amount required for filing probate in Arizona you may be able to contact the issuer and have them re-issue... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Arizona on
Q: Deed has both deceased parents name. Mothers will gives house as living estate to two children. Which proceeds?

Father passed in 2014. Mother passed in 2022.

Marcus N. Seiter
Marcus N. Seiter
answered on Apr 6, 2023

Assuming AZ house was owned JTWROS between parents, then when dad passed in 2014, the house effectively belonged solely to mother (even though nothing was recorded to reflect that). Then in 2022, the house became part of mother's probate estate. The Will giving the life estate probably governs... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Banking and Probate for Arizona on
Q: Is the beneficiary on the deed to my deceased sister's home obligated to reimburse me for a mortgage payment?

My sister had a beneficiary deed on her home in Arizona. The beneficiary is an ex-friend who is also the named executor of her estate. The mortgage was being paid through automatic payments from an account in South Carolina.(where she used to live) I am the beneficiary of that POD account. Because... View More

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answered on Mar 2, 2023

As a beneficiary of the POD account, you may have a claim to the funds in the account. However, whether the beneficiary of the deed is obligated to reimburse you for the mortgage payment may depend on the terms of your sister's estate plan and any applicable state laws.

If your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Arizona on
Q: From Glendale AZ. Quit Claim a home to a non-family member.

From Glendale AZ. My son passed, single, with no will, and no children but a live-in girlfriend. All his belongings, including the home, go to his father and me. He made a dying declaration that he wanted the house to go to his girlfriend. We would like to honor that wish. It is my... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 26, 2022

A quit claim deed passes title to property to the grantee of the deed. There is no “loan” required. Title passes subject to all existing liens, assessments, and encumbrances.

If your son is the borrower on a loan which is secured by a mortgage or deed of trust giving his creditor a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: What form do I fill out and submit to court for removal and replacement of trustee
Gregory Christopher Poulos
Gregory Christopher Poulos
answered on Jun 10, 2024

Unless there is some reason to submit anything to court, such as an ongoing case, there is no reason to submit anything to court. Trust administration is private.

You will need a new certificate of trust naming you as the trustee and if on consent an affidavit from the prior trustee...
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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: I am not sure if deliberately stalling a lawsuit or court action is illegal

I am currently involved in a case to remove a trustee with my sibling I was informed that they have deliberately drug their feet in getting information to our lawyer. is there anything I can do about this. I can not speak to our lawyer without my sibling I can not email or have any communication... View More

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answered on Jun 7, 2024

You will need to hire your own AZ attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Family Law and Probate for Arizona on
Q: Can I file a motion to reconsider? Or appeal?

I have been going through a probate case as an heir against my 2 sisters one of which was appointed personal representative. It has been going on for over 2 years fron the beginning i have filed requests with the court for her removal, for the court's review of administration, all were... View More

Charles William Michaels
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answered on Apr 3, 2024

I am not an Arizona attorney. But yes, I would file a motion to reconsider with the trial court.

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