Arizona Supreme Court Creates "One-Stop Shop" for Probate Information

By Jennifer Liewer, Chief Communications Officer
Arizona Supreme Court
August 28, 2012

Last year, the Arizona Supreme Court approved new mandatory probate forms, Fee Guidelines for lawyers and fiduciaries, and minimum training requirements for lawyers handling probate matters, investigators, and non-licensed fiduciaries.

To support these new rules and assist the public with implementation, a new web page has been developed serve as a "one-stop shop" for probate information, particularly as it relates to guardianship and conservatorship cases, and is geared toward non-licensed fiduciaries who likely will need the most assistance. The new website can be found at www.azcourts.gov/probate.

The new web page contains information on probate forms, the fiduciary licensing program, the probate rules, and administrative code. It also provides quick web links to local, state and national resources related to probate and elder issues. We soon will add training videos to introduce new forms to non-licensed fiduciaries.

The new statewide conservator account forms include instructions, required schedules, and worksheets. The forms will initially be available in Excel and non-fillable PDF format; fillable PDF forms will be forthcoming in the very near future.

As a reminder, new conservators appointed on and after September 1st will be required to use the new forms immediately. Existing conservators will be directed in the next court order approving their annual account to use the new forms with the following conservator's account.

This website with continue to grow and improve and we hope it will become a useful tool for attorney, litigants, family members, fiduciaries, judicial staff, and all those who find themselves in our probate court system.