This process can be much less time consuming than going through probate.

In some situations, a probate may not be necessary and an estate can be settled by small estate administration. In Arizona, when personal property is less than $75,000 and equity in real property (real estate, such as a house) totals less than $100,000, small estate administration is an option and probate may be bypassed.

Small estate administration can be much less burdensome and time consuming and therefore is less expensive than going through probate. The first thing that must be determined is whether the estate should be admitted to probate, or whether it can be collected and distributed through small estate administration. Your attorney will let you know if this is an option during your Family Administration Session.