Arizona Probate Proceedings

The Arizona Probate Code has two different proceedings to probate an Arizona decedent’s estate. Arizona has a process known as “informal probate” that is used for uncontested probate proceedings. Informal probates do not require court hearings or a judge to be involved in the proceedings. Therefore, most informal probates can be concluded in approximately five months.

If the proceedings become contested or unusual issues are involved, a “formal probate” is required. Formal probates require court hearings and judicial involvement. Formal probates will last until all issues are resolved. Fortunately, in Arizona, most probates are informal probates. Also, see Estate Administration – What is Involved.