How long does it take to probate an Arizona decedent’s estate?

The Arizona Probate Code has two different proceedings to probate an Arizona decedent’s estate. Arizona has a process known as an “informal” probate that is used for uncontested probate proceedings. Because an informal probate does not require court hearings or a judge to be involved in the proceedings, 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 and will last until all issues are resolved. Fortunately, in Arizona, most probates are informal probates. Also see Estate Administration – What is Involved.