We understand the trauma and grief of losing a loved one. Such events are stressful and can be overwhelming to those left behind to mourn.

Besides sadness and anxiety about the future, the death of a loved one creates the need to address important financial and legal matters without undue delay. When you contact the estate attorneys at Decker & Woods, P.C. The Golden Rule Law Group®, we will work with you to determine whether a probate proceeding is necessary by discussing the nature and extent of your loved one’s assets. If the estate is small enough and there are no disputes between the beneficiaries, you may be able to distribute the estate without court proceedings. In the event an estate administration is necessary, we will explore the option of utilizing informal proceedings as opposed to formal proceedings.

We provide estate administration services for those who have been placed in the unfamiliar and possibly unexpected role of Personal Representative. Our compassionate, knowledgeable, and experienced team is ready to help you handle your loved one’s affairs as smoothly as possible while avoiding the unnecessary stress and burden of navigating the probate court system on your own. We can prepare a small estate affidavit if your case meets the requirements, obtain the appointment of a Personal Representative, and provide information regarding Arizona law. We guide the Personal Representative through the legal process of administering the estate and handling claims against the estate. We are familiar with the probate process and strive to see that the estate is administered in an efficient and cost-effective manner. We will guide and protect the Personal Representative by providing clear instructions as to the proper performance of his or her duties according to Arizona law and, if the decedent left a will, according to instructions provided in the will.

If you have agreed to act as a Personal Representative and qualify for appointment, we can guide you through the administration process and assist you in completing your duties. Among other duties, a Personal Representative must provide an inventory and appraisal, notify creditors, handle claims against the estate, account to beneficiaries, and handle tax matters. The probate process can be complex and time consuming. This is particularly true if:

  • The decedent’s financial affairs were left in disarray
  • There are questions or concerns related to the value of the estate
  • Multiple parties are involved in settling the estate
  • The interested parties don’t agree or are suspicious of each other

We have the tools to make estate administration as easy as possible for you and we’ll provide solutions that are easy to understand.

There are many questions that can arise after the death of a loved one. You don’t have to go through this alone. We stand ready to help you get through the estate administration process. A few common scenarios are set forth below. If your particular situation is not described below, contact us for a free initial consultation. Call (480) 821-1012 or click here to contact us.

After the loss of a loved one, are you wondering whether you need to probate the estate?


Have you lost a loved one and the bank (or mortgage company) won’t talk to you?


Have you lost a loved one and need help handling the estate?


Have you been named as the personal representative in a will?


Did your loved one pass away and you’re unable to locate a will?


Do you know who has your loved one’s will but they won’t produce it?


Are you unable to find the original, but you have found a copy of the will?


Did you find something that appears to be a handwritten will?