If the only probatable asset of an estate is a bank account with $10,000, for instance, probate is not required. The appropriate person (such as the person named as the Personal Representative in the decedent’s will), may claim the asset by completing a “Transfer of Estate by Affidavit” and taking it to the bank. In Maricopa County, this form may be downloaded from the Maricopa County Superior Court website.
About Kathie Gummere
Kathie J. Gummere is an Arizona attorney in private practice focusing on estate planning, particularly for gays and lesbians and unmarried couples.