Losing a loved one is always difficult, and the challenge can be compounded when they pass away in a different state.  If you’re facing this situation, it’s important to know that you may be able to manage many of their affairs from a distance.  As your local Phoenix, Arizona will lawyer, we’re here to guide you through this process and connect you with the right resources nationwide.

First Step:  Understanding Probate Jurisdiction

Probate is typically filed in the state where your loved one resided.  However, if they owned property in another state, an ancillary probate might be necessary there as well.

Remote Coordination

Many aspects of estate settlement can be handled remotely.  This includes filing documents, communicating with attorneys, and managing financial affairs.  Some additional examples of tasks that can be handled remotely include:

  • Gathering and submitting necessary documents to the probate court.
  • Coordinating with local real estate agents for property management or sale.
  • Managing bank accounts and other financial assets through online platforms.
  • You can even attend most court dates using the court’s video conferencing platform.

Accessing Local Resources

For tasks that require local presence, such as property appraisals or some court appearances, you’ll need on-the-ground assistance.

Your Local Law Firm as a National Connector

The good news is that our attorneys stay connected with colleagues across the country through national legal organizations, including the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.  This network allows us to refer you to trusted professionals in the area where your loved one lived.

We can research the specific legal requirements in the state where your loved one passed and refer you to a reputable attorney in that region, ensuring that you receive competent and reliable assistance.  With this level of support, you can make informed decisions and have peace of mind that your loved one’s affairs are being handled with care and professionalism.

We can also assist you if you live out of state and had a loved one who either passed away in Arizona or owned property here.  We have helped many people to manage the administration of Arizona estates with very little need to travel here in person.

Getting Help:  Compassionate Assistance When You Need It Most

Dealing with the passing of a loved one is hard enough without the added complexity of out-of-state legal matters.  As your Phoenix, Arizona will lawyers, we’re committed to making this process as smooth as possible, offering both our experience and our access to a national network of legal professionals.  If you are ready to get started, simply contact our Phoenix, Arizona will lawyers at (602) 274-4400 for compassionate support and professional guidance every step of the way.