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Making a Last Will and Testament in Arizona
An Arizona Last Will and Testament (a "Will") is a legal document that sets forth your wishes related to property distribution after death, such as who will inherit your personal belongings, your money, or your home.
The person making a Will is called the "testator," while the individual or entity being appointed to manage the testator's estate after death is called the "executor." Suitable for residents of Arizona, this Last Will and Testament can be used in Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County, and in all other parts of the state. Any Arizona Will from Rocket Lawyer can be edited for your unique scenario. With this essential document on hand, your executor(s) will have a record of your preferences.
It's very easy to record your preferences using a free Arizona Last Will and Testament template from Rocket Lawyer:
This method is, in many cases, notably less expensive than working with your average attorney. If necessary, you can prepare this Last Will and Testament on behalf of your spouse or another family member, and then have that person sign when ready. Please keep in mind that for this document to be accepted as legally valid, the testator must be a mentally competent adult when they sign. In the event that the testator has already been declared legally incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship may be required. In such a situation, it would be best to talk to a lawyer.
Every person over 18 years old should have a Last Will and Testament. While it's difficult to think about, your loved ones will want to know your preferences in relation to guardianship (when applicable), your assets, and your property should you pass away. Typical situations where it would be useful to make or update your Will include:
Regardless of whether this Arizona Last Will and Testament is being made in response to a recent change in your life or as part of a forward-looking plan, notarization and/or witnesses can help to protect your document if its validity is challenged by a third party.
Writing a Will is typically straightforward; however, you or your executor might still need legal advice. The answer may vary depending on whom you ask, but quite often, some lawyers will not even accept requests to review a document if they weren't the one who wrote it. A more favorable approach might be to request help from the Rocket Lawyer On Call® attorney network. When you become a Premium member, you will be able to ask for guidance from an attorney with relevant experience or get answers to additional questions related to your Will. As always, we are here for you.
The fees associated with working with the average legal provider to write a Last Will and Testament could be between $200 and $1,000, depending on where you are located. Unlike many other sites you might stumble upon, Rocket Lawyer offers more than a Last Will and Testament template. If you ever require assistance from a lawyer, your membership provides up to 40% in savings when you hire an attorney.
After completing a Last Will with Rocket Lawyer, you'll be able to retrieve it on any device. You should feel free to try any or all of these actions related to your document: editing it, downloading it as a Word document or PDF file, or signing it. Alongside each Arizona Will, there's a set of tips for what comes next after the document is finished. Even if you make copies, be sure to store your signed original document in a safe place. It is important that at least one other person knows where it can be found after you pass away.
The guidelines and restrictions will vary in each state; however, in Arizona, your document must be signed by two witnesses. As a basic standard, witnesses must be mentally competent individuals. Witnesses should not be related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption, and no witness should also be a beneficiary. Furthermore, it is strongly recommended that your Last Will and Testament be acknowledged by a notary public to reinforce the legitimacy of the document.
Arizona Last Will and Testament Laws: A.R.S § 14-2503, 14-2502, 14-2506, 14-2513
A Will does not have to be filed with the court until the testator passes away. Filing a Will (in addition to any other forms requested by the county) initiates the process of probate.