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  • You are related to a person who died or you have a legal interest in the person's property, AND
  • The person had a will or did not have a will, AND
  • The person died more than 120 hours ago, but less than 2 years ago,* AND
  • You want to file court papers to be appointed the Personal Representative of the estate.
* There are certain limited exceptions to the two-year limitation for informal probate listed in Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) Title 14 ยง 3108. An attorney may be of assistance in determining whether your situation qualifies for one of the exceptions or with handling the more complex "formal" probate process for which forms and instructions are not available from the court.
This packet contains court forms about petitioning the court to be appointed the personal representative of an estate. Be sure the documents are in the following order:

Packets contain ALL forms and ALL instructions needed for this process. Where there are separate packets for Instructions and Forms, get BOTH packets.

Title File English Spanish
Appointment of Personal Representative/Admission of Will - Instructions and Forms PBIP1i PDF PDF

The individual forms and instructions below are already included in the Packet(s) above. If you choose to download the documents individually, make sure you get ALL of the instructions and ALL of the forms. Be sure the documents are in the following order:

Order Title File English Spanish
1 Important Notice About Training Requirements pbt10i PDF PDF
2 Procedures: How to Apply to be the Personal Representative pbip11p PDF PDF
3 Information on Legal Notice for Probate of Estates When a Person has Died and What to do After you have Notified all Interested Persons pbip20p PDF PDF
4 Procedures for Appointment of Personal Representative pbip16p PDF PDF
5 Procedures: How to Serve Legal Papers--By Publication pb25p PDF PDF
Order Title File English Spanish
1 Probate Cover Sheet pb10f PDF PDF
2 Informal Checklist pbip19f PDF PDF
3 Declaration of Completion of Training pbdt10f PDF PDF
4 Waiver of Right to Appointment and Consent pbip11f PDF PDF
5 Waiver of Bond pbip12f PDF PDF
6 Application for Appointment pbip13f PDF PDF
7 Notice of Application pbip14f PDF PDF
8 Proof of Mailing of Notice of Application pbip15f PDF PDF
9 Affidavit Supporting Publication pb25f PDF PDF
10 Statement of Informal Appointment pbip16f PDF PDF
11 Letters of Appointment of Personal Representative and Acceptance of Appointment as Personal Representative pbip17f PDF PDF
12 Order to Personal Representative and Acknowledgement and Information to Heirs pbip18f PDF PDF
13 Personal Representative Training Manual pbprtm1 PDF PDF
Once you are done with the documents above, you're ready for Part 2 - The Appointment, Notice of Appointment, Inventory and Appraisement. Click here to see your options.
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