Our Probate and Estate Administration Services
Many people mistakenly believe that if a loved one dies with a proper Last Will & Testament the probate process is not necessary; unfortunately, that is not always true. At Yaser Ali Law we assist surviving family members to account for the deceased’s assets and to properly distribute those assets according to the deceased’s estate plan (if they pass with a Will) or state law (if they pass without a Will) as outlined below.
The process of probate
Most executors, or personal representatives as they’re referred to in Arizona, have rarely if ever, probated a will and know little about the process. At Yaser Ali Law we help guide you through the complex probate process, including:
- Filing a will in an Arizona superior court
- Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
- Finding and collecting assets
- Closing and opening bank accounts
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
- Paying estate taxes
- Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring experts, when appropriate
Valuing and managing the estate
Our firm assists executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. When appropriate, we call upon accountants, financial advisers, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.
Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our courtroom experience and presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will, or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of the client to preserve cordial familial relationships, we are adept at mediating these disputes. If a matter cannot be resolved amicably, our firm zealously and aggressively defends our client’s rights in court.