Spanish Speaking Probate Lawyers Phoenix, AZ
When a loved one dies, most of us would prefer to focus on celebrating the person’s life, attending the funeral and dealing with our own grief rather than setting that individual’s affairs in order. Unfortunately, however, the business of life doesn’t end when a person passes away. There are still legal details that need to be attended to, including probating the decedent’s estate.
Probate is the legal process of “proving” a will, or establishing the validity of a will. Oddly enough, however, the estate will likely be subject to probate even if the person died without a will. It is far more beneficial to have a will in place, so please speak to your aging loved ones if you are concerned that they have not completed an estate plan. Similarly, if you have not yet completed an estate plan, it’s important that you do so that your preferences are known and enforceable, and so that you don’t unintentionally burden your loved ones with a complex probate process. If you and/or your loved ones speak Spanish, don’t panic. Our Phoenix, AZ Spanish speaking probate lawyer team can help.
The Three Types of Probate
In Arizona, if the estate is very small, you may be able to skip the probate process and use a simplified process instead. For most estates, however, there are three possible types of probate: informal, formal, and supervised. They are summarized below:
Informal probate: This is appropriate in cases where there is no controversy or dispute over the will, the heirs or the choice of personal representative. Most probates in Arizona are informal.
The process is not micromanaged by a judge, and doesn’t even require regular visits to the courthouse. The court only minimally supervises informal probate.
Formal probate: This is necessary when certain aspects are in dispute, including the identified heirs, the choice of personal representative or the validity of the will. It may also be necessary if a given estate asset requires court supervision.
With formal probate, a judge is involved in more than just a passing way, and several court hearings may be required. It could be thought of as partially supervised probate.
Supervised probate: The court has control over all aspects of this process, including approving attorneys, choosing personal representatives, opening the estate, fielding statements from estate creditors and more. Most families would be very glad to avoid supervised probate, if at all possible.
Why You Should Work with an Experienced Attorney
As you can probably see, the probate process is time-consuming as well as complex, and it involves steps that are difficult for non-lawyers to handle on their own. Moreover, the very people put in charge of probate are often the ones who are also trying to grieve the loss of their loved one. You shouldn’t have to worry about legal matters during a difficult time like this.
Our Phoenix, AZ Spanish speaking probate lawyer team is prepared to handle all of your probate needs, freeing you up to focus on other personal matters.
Phoenix, AZ Spanish speaking probate lawyers are available
Arizona has a large Latinx community, many of whom feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish than in English. Thankfully, you can find a qualified Spanish speaking probate lawyer Phoenix, AZ residents rely on at Kamper & Estrada, PLLC. In fact, we offer all of our legal services in Spanish, including everything you need to create an effective, enforceable estate plan. Contact us today to learn more. We look forward to speaking with you.