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APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE

PINAL COUNTY
HOW TO APPLY TO BE THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF AN ESTATE
INSTRUCTIONS AND FORMS
Provided as a Public Service by Kristi Youtsey Ruiz Clerk of the Superior Court

PINAL COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT SELF SERVICE CENTER INFORMAL PROBATE INSTRUCTIONS AND FORMS TABLE
How to assemble these documents:
This packet contains general information and instructions to file and give notice of an Application for Appointment as Personal Representative, whether there was a Will nor not. Be sure this packet contains the following documents:

Order 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

File Number PB Table PB Procedures PB Information PB Publication PB Post Application PB Application PR PB Cover Sheet PB Waiver of Bond PB Waiver of Rights PB Proof PB Notice

Title Table on instructions in this packet Procedures: How to Apply to be the Personal Representative Information on Legal Notice for Probate of Estates When a Person has Died and What to do After you have Notified all Interested Parties Procedures: How to Serve Legal Papers by Publication Procedures for Appointment of Personal Representative After you have filed the Application "Application for Informal Appointment of Personal Representative Probate Cover Sheet "Waiver of Bond"

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"Waiver of Rights to Appointment as Personal Representative and Consent to Appointment of Personal Representative "Proof of Delivery or Mailing Notice of Application in Informal Proceeding" "Notice of Application in Informal Proceeding"

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File Number PB Information Sheet PB Publication Affidavit PB Affidavit PB Letters

Title Probate/Guardian/Conservator/ Information Sheet "Affidavit of Publication" "Affidavit Showing Circumstances Why Notice by Publication Was Used and About the Publication "Letters of Appointment of Personal Representative and Acceptance of Appointment as Personal Representative "Statement of Informal Appointment of Personal Representative "Order to Personal Representative and Acknowledgement and Information to Heirs

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PB Statement PB Order

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The documents you have received are copyrighted by the Superior Court of Arizona in Pinal County. You have permiss ion to use them for any law ful purpose. These forms shall not be used to engage in the unauthorized practice of law. The Court assumes no respons ibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by us ers of these documents, including reliance on their contents. The documents are under continual revis ion and are current only for the day they were received. It is strongly recommended that you verify on a regular bas is that you have the most current documents . It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney to ass ist you in completing these forms if you have any questions . You should contact an attorney that handles Probate Es tates to find out what to do.

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PINAL COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT SELF SERVICE CENTER PROCEDURES: HOW TO APPLY TO BE THE PERSONAL REPRESENTAITVE

USE THIS PACKET IF:
The value of the real property in the decedent's estate located in Arizona, less liens and encumbrances against the real property as of the date of the decedent's death, exceeds $50,000.00, and the value of all of the personal property in the decedent's estate, wherever located, less liens and encumbrances, exceeds $50,000.00. You want to apply to be the Personal Representative of the estate of a person who died without a Will OR You want to apply to be the Personal Representative of the estate of a person who died with a Will and you have the original Will or a certified copy of the original Will to give to the Probate Registrar. The death of the person occurred more than 120 hours ago. If the amount if time hasn't passed, you must wait until the 120 hours has passed.



WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU COME TO COURT TO FILE ANYTHING: 1. 2.
Decide if you are asking for an appointment as Personal Representative when the person died with no Will, or with a Will. If the person died with a Will, you will also be asking for the Will to be admitted into informal probate. Decide if you are an appropriate person to be the Personal Representative. Generally, to file the Application you must be the surviving spouse of the person who died, an adult child of the person who died, a parent of the person who died, a brother or sister of the person who died, a person entitled to property of the person who died, a person who was named as personal representative by Will, or you are a creditor and 45 days have gone by since the person died. Read the Application and all the others papers in this packet so you have a good idea what kind of information you will need to file for the Appointment to be Personal Representative. Decide who are all the other people who are entitled to be Personal Representative and who are the likely persons who will inherit property under the Will or to whom property will pass by law if there is no Will and who are creditors of the estate. If you are not sure about this, talk to an attorney who can help you decide. Complete the Application, if you want to be appointed as Personal Representative. Go to the people who could also be Personal Representatives. Ask them if they are willing to sign a Waiver of Appointment and will agree to the appointment. If they are willing to sign a Waiver, have them sign the Waiver in this packet. If the Waiver is signed, mail or deliver a copy if the Waiver to all interested persons. Estimate what you think is the total value of the estate of the decedent. Go to the people who are entitled to inherit the property under a Will, or to whom property will pass by law if there is no Will, and ask them if they are willing to have you act as personal representative without a bond. If they are willing, ask them to sign the Waiver of Bond document. If all interested persons sign the Waiver of Bond, mail or deliver copies of the Waiver to all interested persons.

3. 4. 5. 6.

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Fill out the Probate Cover Sheet, the Application, and attach the original Will. Make enough copies for all interested persons. Decide in which court location you will file the Application. The choices are:

FLORENCE:
Clerk of Superior Court 971 Jason Lopez Circle Bldg A Florence, AZ 85232 (520) 866-5300

CASA GRANDE:
Clerk of the Superior Court 820 E Cottonwood Lane Bldg E Casa Grande, AZ 85222 (520) 836-1073

APACHE JUNCTION:
Clerk of Superior Court 575 N. Idaho Road Suite 109 Apache Junction, AZ 85219 (480) 982-4166

MAMMOTH:
Clerk of Superior Court County Complex 118 Catalina Mammoth, AZ 85618 (520) 487-2928

File the original application and the original Will and have the copies conformed by the Clerk and returned to you. (Conformed means that the original was filed with the court and you receive a stamped copy). The fee to file is $166.00. If you do not have the money, or the estate cannot afford to reimburse you, you may be entitled to have the fees deferred at the beginning of the case and either deferred or waived at the end of the case. Ask for the Application for Deferral documents from the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court.

8. 9.

Complete the Notice of Application. Mail or hand-deliver a copy of the Notice of Application and the Application for Informal Appointment of Personal Representative to everyone entitled to the notice. Read the Notice of Application in this packet to learn who must get notice. If people are entitled to notice and you cannot find them even though you tried very hard to find them, you can publish the notice. Read the documents in this packet on how to serve papers when you don't know where the other party lives on how to do this. You must publish once a week for three weeks in a row. If you publish, be sure you complete the affidavit of Circumstances about publication. You will receive an Affidavit of Publication from the newspaper. The Affidavit of Publication must.

10.Complete the Proof of Delivery or Mailing of Notice of Application.

WHAT TO DO NEXT:
the Application, in this packet.

See the Procedures for Appointment of Personal Representative After You Have Filed

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PINAL COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT SELF SERVICE CENTER INFORMATION ON LEGAL NOTICE FOR PROBATE OF ESTATES WHEN A PERSON HAS DIED AND WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU HAVE NOTIFIED ALL INTERESTED PERSONS 1. WHAT IS LEGAL NOTICE:
After you have filled out AND filed the probate papers with the Court, you must tell all interested persons about the papers. There are some terms you must know to do this correctly.

A. WHAT COURT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO GIVE NOTICE ABOUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER I HAVE FILED APPLICATION? To give notice, you usually have to do this by giving
copies of Court documents to those entitled to notice. Here are the documents you need to give the people who are entitled to notice at this time. Application for Informal Appointment of Personal Representative when a person died with a Will or without a Will. Notice of Application in Informal Proceeding. A good rule to follow as your case continues is that you should give people copies of any documents you filed with the court. That way you know that you gave people copies of the right documents. You then must list in the Proof of Notice (see section C, below) the people you gave the documents to, their address and the date the documents were mailed or delivered. B. WHAT ARE THE WAYS TO GIVE LEGAL NOTICE? Personal Service is the term used for giving formal notice required in some cases for some persons. It requires that a registered process server or the sheriff serve the documents on the interested persons or that a person accepts service of the papers. When personal service is required, it means the law is written to make sure that a person who needs notice of a case gets notice. Mail or Hand Delivery is less formal but important way or giving notice to other persons in some cases. This type of service is permitted in most informal probate cases. When you are required to give notice by mail, 1st class postage-prepaid mail is usually okay. Certified or Registered mail is an extra step you can take to prove that the person you want to have notice received the notice. Publication of Notice is when you do not know the address of the persons to whom you need to give notice. For publication, you need to try to find the person who is supposed to get the notice, and prove to the Court everything you did to try to find the person or to get the address first. Then, you must publish the Notice of Application immediately after you file the Application at least thee times in a newspaper in the county where the case was filed.





C. HOW DO I SHOW THAT I GAVE LEGAL NOTICE?
/ Proof of Notice is the document you sign and file with the Court to prove who you gave notice to, and how you did it. You must fill out this form after you have served the documents on all interested persons. If you do not know where the person lives, that you need to mail or deliver the documents to, see the materials on publication in this packet.

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TIME FRAMES TO GIVE LEGAL NOTICE:

Generally, you must give all interested persons notice of the court papers immediately after you file the documents with the court. You must also notify any person who has filed a demand for notice with the court, and to any personal representative of the person who died whose appointment has not been terminated. If you do not know where the person lives and have tried to find them, you can give notice by publication. Keep in mind that the newspaper will not provide the Affidavit of Publication to you until all notices have been published once a week for three consecutive weeks (ARS 143801). You must give notice to all interested persons. This includes, but is not limited to, any person that has filed a demand for notice with the court, any personal representative of the person who died, whose appointment has not ended, any spouse, any adult children, any parents, brothers and/or sisters of the person who died, any person named as an heir in the Will of the person who died.

3.

WHO IS ENTITLED TO LEGAL NOTICE: Here is a guide to whom you must give notice.

4.

COMPLETE THE PROOF OF NOTICE: After NOTICE is done, you must complete the PROOF
OF NOTICE form. Be sure to list the names of the persons to whom you gave the copies. Also list the date you gave the person copies, his or her address, and the date you mailed or delivered the documents. If the person has an attorney, make sure you mail copies to the attorney, too. Then, make three copies of the Proof of Notice.

5.

FILE THE PROOF OF NOTICE AND OTHER COURT PAPERS: File the PROOF OF
NOTICE and other court papers with the Clerk of the Court/Probate Registrar.

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Take the original and two copies of the Proof of Notice and other court papers to the Clerk of the Court/ Probate Registrar who will file the original and stamp "copy" on each of the two copies and return them to you. KEEP COPIES: Keep a copy of each document for your records.

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These documents should be filed with the court immediately after you have notified all interested persons. See Procedures: How to Apply to be the Personal Representative to find out what documents you should complete and file with the Clerk of the Court/Probate Registrar. After you file the Proof of Notice and other court papers, mail or deliver a copy to all interested persons immediately.

6. 7.

NEXT STEPS: Now you are ready to get the rest of the paperwork in order. See packet concerning "The Appointment, Notice of Appointment, Inventory and Appraisement." OTHER HELP: If you still have questions about this procedure, you can ask a lawyer for legal advice. You
can look up a lawyer in the telephone book under "attorneys". All forms referred to in these instructions are available in this packet.

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PINAL COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT SELF SERVICE CENTER PROCEDURES: HOW TO SERVE LEGAL PAPERS BY PUBLICATION
PROBATE OF ESTATES CASES (Arrange for service after you have filed your papers in court)

STEP 1:

HOW TO PUBLISH. If you are publishing notice, you should complete the attached letter, describing the documents that need to be referenced by the newspaper for the publication. A. PUBLICATION FOR PUBLICATION YOU MAY USE: Casa Grande Dispatch 200 W 2nd Street Casa Grande AZ 85232 Or any other newspaper within Pinal County. Notice: There is a filing fee for all petitions and there are service fees. At the time you file your papers with the Clerk of the Court you may request a Deferral and/ or Waiver of the filing fees, and the Sheriff's or Publication service fees, if you intend to use the Sheriff's Office or Publication for service.

STEP 2:

WAIT for about five weeks for the newspaper to send you a copy of the document call Affidavit of Publication. If the newspaper sends you an original, file the original. Otherwise, make sure the newspaper files the original Affidavit of Publication with the Clerk of the Court. GATHER THE PAPERWORK: COMPLETE the original of the AFFIDAVIT OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND SERVCE BY PUBLICATION document, which is in the Form Packet. If the Affidavit of Publication has not been filed by the newspaper, make sure it gets filed by using the attached Affidavit of Publication form. Make a COPY for you of the AFFIDAVIT OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND SERVICE BY PUBLICATION and AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION.

STEP 3:

STEP 4:

FILE YOUR DOCUMENTS WITH THE COURT. Original of the AFFIDAVIT OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND SERVICE BY PUBLICATION and copy of the publication, and, Original of the AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION you received from the newspaper unless newspaper filed it for you. Make sure you bring a copy of the Affidavit of Publication to the hearing.

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Print Your Name: ________________________________ Your Address: ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ Date: ________________________________ ________________________________________ Name of Newspaper ________________________________________ Address Case Number: PB2________________________

To Whom It May Concern: Enclosed is a court file-stamped copy of a Notice of Application in Informal Proceedings which I ask you to publish in your newspaper once a week for three weeks in a row. This Notice is about: (check one box) [] [] (If no Will) An Application for Appointment of Personal Representative without a Will, OR (If a Will) An Application for Informal Probate of a Will and for Appointment of a Personal Representative

Also enclosed is (check one box) [] [] A check or money order in the amount of $ for the cost of the publication as requested, OR, A certified copy of the Order from the court waiving/deferring the publication costs.

When you receive this letter, please call me at ( ) to tell me when the first publication will occur. When all three weeks of publication have been completed, please mail the original to the Clerk of the Superior Court, PO Box 2730, Florence, AZ 85232-2730 and send me one copy of the Affidavit of Publication. Thank you for your help in this matter. Yours truly,

Sign your name

Enclosures

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PINAL COUNTY CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT SELF SERVICE CENTER PROCEDURES FOR APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AFTER YOU HAVE FILED THE APPLICATION USE THIS PACKET IF: You want to apply to be the personal representative of the estate of a person who died with or without a will. You already completed and filed the Application for Appointment and gave notice to everyone who is entitled to
notice by law.



You filed or will file with the Clerk of the Superior Court/Probate Registrar the Proof of Mailing of Notice and also the Affidavit about Publication if you had to publish.

HOW TO GET APPOINTED AND HAVE THE WILL ADMITTED Bring the following documents with you to the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court, at the court location you
choose. The Clerk will file the originals. Make sure you have made extra copies of all originals so that the Clerk can make conformed copies for you:



Application for Appointment (copy) Will, if person who died had a Will (original will or certified copy should be attached to the Application). Signed Waiver of Right to Appointment and consent (if anyone signed) (original plus at least one copy) Signed Waiver of Bond (if anyone signed) (original plus at least one copy) Notice of Application (original plus at least one copy) Proof of Notice of Delivery/Mailing of Application (original plus at least one copy) Affidavit of Circumstances of Publication and Affidavit of Publication (if you published) (original, unless the newspaper mailed the Affidavit directly to the Clerk, plus at least one copy) Statement of Informal Appointment (original plus at least one copy) Letters and Acceptance of Appointment (original plus at least one copy) Order to Personal Representative (original plus at least one copy)

Before you make any copies, complete the Statement of Informal Appointment except for the amount of the bond and the signature of the Probate Registrar, complete the caption of the Letters, and the caption of the Order to Personal Representative. The caption includes the information about you, the name of the person who died, and the case number. If all is in order, the Probate Registrar will sign the Statement, admit the Will (if there is one) and sign the Order to Personal Representative. Then you will sign the Acceptance of Appointment and a Superior Court Deputy Clerk will issue the Letters of Appointment and acknowledge receipt of the Order to Personal Representative. If you are required to post a bond, the Deputy Clerk of the Superior Court will not sign the Letters until you have filed proof of the bond. After you file proof of the bond get the Letters issued. You will need to get a certified copy if the Letters, to prove you were appointed. The cost is $18.00 per certified copy. Also ask the Clerk to court-stamp a copy of the Statement of Informal Appointment for you.



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Name of Person Filing Document: Your Address: Your City, State, Zip Code: Your Telephone Number: Attorney Bar Number (if applicable):

SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY
In the Matter of the Estate of

) ) ) ) )

PB [ ]

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APPLICATION FOR INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE [501] (Person Died Without a Will "Intestate Estate") OR APPLICATION FOR INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND FOR INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE [549] (Person Died With a Will "Testate Estate")

[ ] an Adult or [ ] a Minor, deceased

[ ]

1.

This is an application for: (check one box) [ ] Informal Appointment of Personal Representative because the person died without a Will ("Intestate Estate") OR [ ]

Informal Probate of Will and for Informal Appointment of Personal Representative
because the person died with a Will ("Testate Estate").

2.

I live in (County) (State), and I am entitled to file this Application under A.R.S. 14-3301 because I am: (check the box that applies) [ ] The surviving spouse of the person who died; [ ] An adult child of the person who died; [ ] A parent of the person who died; [ ] A brother or sister of the person who died; [ ] (Check the box only if there is not a Will) A person entitled to property of the person who died under Arizona law; [ ] (Check the box only if there is a Will) A person who was nominated/named as Personal Representative by a Will; [ ] At least 45 days have passed since the person died, and I am a creditor. The person (name of the person who died) died on ____ (date of death) at the age of _________ years. At the time of death, the person who died lived in the following county and state: . Since the death, 120 hours have passed. [ ]

3.

4.

(Check the box only if there is a Will) The original of the Will of the person, who died, dated
is filed with this Application.

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The person who died left behind the following persons who are the surviving spouse, children and others entitled to take property under Arizona law: (if you need more space, attach a separate page) Name Age Relationship Address

___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 6. 7. This is the correct county in which to file the probate because the person who died was a resident of this county or owned property in this county at the time of death.
To the best of my knowledge, (check one box) [ ] no personal representative for the estate has been appointed in this state or elsewhere OR [ ] a personal representative for the estate has been appointed in this state or elsewhere: (name of the person) (name of state) [ ] I have OR [ ] I have not received a demand for notice from any interested person, and [ ] I am OR [ ] I am not aware of any demand for notice by any interested person or any proceedings concerning the person who died, in this state or elsewhere. [ ] (Check the box only if there is not a Will) I believe that the person who died had no Will. I exercised reasonable diligence, and I am not aware of any unrevoked Will, amendment to a Will, or a trust signed by the person who died that relates to property in this state. OR [ ] (Check the box only if there is a Will) I believe that the Will dated was validly executed and is the last Will of the person who died. I exercised reasonable diligence, and I am not aware of any document that revokes the Will, or any amendment to the Will signed by the person who died. I have priority for appointment as Personal Representative because: (check the boxes that apply) [ ] (Check the box only if there is a Will) I am named as personal representative in the Will of the person who died; [ ] (Check the box only if there is a Will) I am the surviving spouse of the person who died and am named in the Will; [ ] (Check the box only if there is a Will) I am another person named in the Will of the person who died; [ ] I am the surviving spouse of the person who died; [ ] I am another person entitled to inherit the property of the person who died because: (explain)

8. 9.

10.

11.

The names, relationships and addresses of all parties who have a prior or equal right to appointment under A.R.S. 14-3203 are: (if you need more space, attach a separate page) Name Relationship Address

___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
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BOND INFORMATION: (Check one box) [ ] A bond is not required of the Personal Representative under A.R.S. 14-3603 because all the legal heirs have filed written waivers of bond. I request to be appointed Personal Representative to administer the estate without bond, OR [ ] A bond is not required because the Will waives the bond for the Personal Representative. I request to be appointed Personal Representative to administer the estate without bond, OR [ ] A bond is required of the Personal Representative under A.R.S. 14-3603 because all the legal heirs have not filed written waivers of bond and my best estimate of the fair market value of all the property owned by the person who died and subject to the probate jurisdiction of the Court is as follows: Personal Property Real Property (less encumbrances) Expected annual income of Estate TOTAL $ ______________________________________________ $ _______________________________________________ $ ______________________________________________ $_______________________________________________

I request to be appointed Personal Representative to administer the estate with a bond as might be required. 13. [ ] The time for informal appointment has not expired under [ ] Two years have not passed since the death of the person; OR [ ] Other: (Explain) (See a lawyer to help with this, if more than 2 years have passed)

OATH AND VERIFICATION OF APPILCANT
STATE OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY ) ) ss.

The Applicant states under oath that the statements in the Applicant are accurate and complete to the best of his or her knowledge and belief. ____________________________________________ Signature of Applicant SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before me this __________ day of _____________________________, 20________. By__________________________________________ Deputy Clerk / Notary Public

My Commission Expires:

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Arizona Superior Court, Pinal County
Probate Cover Sheet
Pursuant to Rule 4.1 Superior Court Local Rules - Pinal County, please provide the following information. (Type or print)

CASE NUMBER PB 2
PETITIONER'S NAME and ADDRESS
Name: Address:

Assigned to Hon. _________________________
DECEDENT'S NAME
Name:

City/State/Zip: Social Security Number: Telephone: DOB: DOB (Must Provide):

PETITIONER'S ATTORNEY'S NAME and ADDRESS

FEES:

[ ] PAID
Name: State Bar #: Address: City/State/Zip: Telephone:

[ ] NOT PAID - REASON:

[ ] Political Subdivision/Government Agency [ ] Deferred [ ] Waived

NATURE OF ACTION
Place an "X" next to the one which describes the nature of the case

Estate & Trust
_____ P31 Ancillary Administration _____ P32 Affidavit of Succession to Realty _____ P33 Trust Administration _____ P34 Formal Probate of Will _____ P35 Informal Probate of Will _____ P36 Supervised Administration' _____ P37 Unsupervised Administration _____ P38 Other ___________________________ (Specify)

Adult Adoption
______ P41 Adult Adoption

To the best of my knowledge, all information is true and correct. _______________________________________________________ Attorney / ProPer Signature
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Name of Person Filing Document Name: Your Address: Your City, State, Zip Code: Your Telephone Number: Attorney Bar Number (if applicable):

SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY
In the Matter of the Estate of ) ) ) )

PB 2______________________ WAIVER OF BOND

[ ] an Adult or [ ] a Minor, deceased

THE UNDERSIGNED PERSON STATES AS FOLLOWS: 1. I am a (check one box) [ ] (only if there is no Will) heir of the decedent's estate without a Will or [ ] (only if there is a Will) person named in the decedent's Will. The person who is applying to be the Personal Representative of the estate (name) has estimated that the total value of the estate of the person who died is $__________________. 3. I waive any and all bond in connection with his or her appointment as Personal Representative. I ask that the court not require any bond in this proceeding. _____________________________________ Signature STATE OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY ) )ss. day of 20 .

2.

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before me this

My Commission Expires:

By_________________________________ Deputy Clerk/Notary Public

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Name of Person Filing Document: Your Address: Your City, State, Zip Code: Your Telephone Number: Attorney Bar Number (if applicable):

SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY
In the Matter of the Estate of ) ) ) ) ) [ ] an Adult or [ ] a Minor, deceased

PB 2 WAIVER OF RIGHT TO APPOINTMENT AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND CONSENT TO APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE

THE UNDERSIGNED PERSON STATES AS FOLLOWS: 1. I am the (check one box)
[ ] [ ] (Check only if there is no Will) heir of the decedent's estate without a Will or (Check only if there is a Will) a person named in the decedent's Will.

2.

I have priority for appointment as Personal Representative of this estate under A.R.S. 14-3203 because: (check which box applies) [ ] (Check only if there is a Will) I am named as Personal Representative in the Will of the person who died; [ ] (Check only if there is a Will) I am the surviving spouse of the person who died and I am named in the Will; [ ] (Check only if there is a Will) I am another person named in the Will of the person who died; [ ] I am the surviving spouse of the person who died; [ ] I am another person entitled to inherit the property of the person who died because (explain)

3. 4.

I waive and want to give up any right I have to appointment as the Personal Representative of this estate. I consent to the appointment of (name) _________________________________________________________ as Personal Representative of the estate.

_____________________________________ Signature STATE OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY ) )ss.

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before me this ____________ day of _________________________, 20________. By_________________________________________ Deputy Clerk / Notary Public

My Commission Expires:

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Name of Person Filing Document: Your Address: Your City, State, Zip Code: Your Telephone Number: Attorney Bar Number (if applicable):

SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY
In the Matter of the Estate of ) ) ) ) )

PB

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[ ] an Adult or [ ] a Minor, deceased

PROOF OF DELIVERY OR MAILING NOTICE OF APPLICATION IN INFORMAL PROCEEDING

STATE OF ARIZONA COUNTY OF PINAL 1.

) )ss.

I delivered or mailed by first class mail, postage prepaid, a copy of the Notice of Application in Informal Proceeding on (date) according to the requirements of law as follows: A. B. To any person who filed a written demand for notice with the court as required by A.R.S. 14-3306. To any person who has a prior or equal right to appointment, unless he or she waived notice in writing and it is filed with this court.

2.

I delivered or mailed the Notice of Application in Informal Proceedings to the following people on the following dates:

Name Address Date Mailed or Delivered __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________
Signature ____________________________________ Print Name ____________________________

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before me this __________ day of _________________________________ 20______. By ____________________________________ Deputy Clerk / Notary Public

My Commission Expires:

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Name of Person Filing Document: Your Address: Your City, State, Zip Code: Your Telephone Number: Attorney Bar Number (if applicable):

SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY
In the Matter of the Estate of ) )

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) )
[ ] an Adult or [ ] a Minor, deceased

NOTICE OF APPLICATION IN INFORMAL PROCEEDING

NOTICE IS GIVEN that
informal proceeding relating to this Estate as follows: (check one box)

(Name of Personal Representative) has filed an

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(Check the box only if there is no Will) An Application for Appointment of Personal Representative Without a Will, OR (Check the box only if there is a Will) An Application for Informal Probate of a Will and for Appointment of Personal Representative.

The Probate Registrar will consider the Application on (date and time Personal Representative will go to court to file the Application) at the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court/Probate Registrar, Superior Court of Arizona in Pinal County, at: FLORENCE: Clerk of the Superior Court 971 Jason Lopez Circle Building A Florence AZ 85231

Dated______________________

Signature________________________________ Print Name_______________________________

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SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA IN PINAL COUNTY
Probate/Guardian/Conservator Information Sheet IN THE MATTER OF: _____________________________________________________
(Please Print) Case Number:

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Date: _____________________

Description of Proposed Fiduciary Guardian/Conservator Name: (First/Middle/Last) Address:

Description of Proposed Co-Fiduciary Co-Guardian/Co-Conservator Name: (First/Middle/Last) Address:

Phone Number: Date of Birth: Social Security No (Optional) Sex: Height: Hair Color Race: Weight: Eye Color:

Phone Number: Date of Birth: Social Security No (Optional) Sex: Height: Hair Color Race: Weight: Eye Color:

Relationship to Proposed Ward or Deceased: Employer: Employer Address: Completed by:

Relationship to Proposed Ward or Deceased: Employer: Employer Address: Completed by:

Name of Person Filing Document: Your Address: Your City, State, Zip Code: Your Telephone Number: Attorney Bar Number (if applicable):

SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY
In the Matter of the Estate of ) ) ) )

PB 2 AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION

[ ] an Adult or [ ] a Minor, deceased

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Attached to this page is the original Affidavit of Publication from the newspaper.

____________________________ Dated

_______________________________________ Signature of Person Filing Document

Superior Court of Arizona in Pinal County November 22, 2004 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Name of Person Filing Document: Your Address: Your City, State, Zip Code: Your Telephone Number: Attorney Bar Number (if applicable):

SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY
In the Matter of the Estate of ) ) ) )

PB 2 AFFIDAVIT SHOWING CIRCUMSTANCES WHY NOTICE BY PUBLICATION WAS USED AND ABOUT THE PUBLICATION

[ ] an Adult or [ ] a Minor, deceased

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I , am the Petitioner or Applicant and make this Affidavit to show the circumstances why notice by publication was used, and to show how service by publication was done. Here are the names of people entitled to notice of this matter to whom I gave notice by publication: Name: Last Known Address: Last Date I Tried to Find Person: Relationship of Person to this Case: Name: Last Known Address: Last Date I Tried to Find Person: Relationship of Person to this Case: Name: Last Known Address: Last Date I Tried to Find Person: Relationship of Person to this Case: Name: Last Known Address: Last Date I Tried to Find Person: Relationship of Person to this Case:

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I made a diligent search to find out the residence and whereabouts of the people entitled to notice, but the search has failed to reveal any information concerning their residence or whereabouts. I contacted the persons listed below to find out the location of the following people entitled to notice: Name of Person I am Looking for: Name of Person I Contacted: Address of Person I Contacted: Name of Person I am Looking for: Name of Person I Contacted: Address of Person I Contacted: Name of Person I am Looking for: Name of Person I Contacted: Address of Person I Contacted: Name of Person I am Looking for: Name of Person I Contacted: Address of Person I Contacted:

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[ ] NOTICE OF HEARING or [ ] NOTICE TO CREDITORS was published in a newspaper in this County on the following dates. A. / / , B. / / , C. / / .

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I have read this statement and know of my own knowledge that the facts stated herein are true and correct. ______________________________________ Petitioner Signature

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before me this

day of

20________.

By My Commission Expires: Deputy Clerk / Notary Public

Superior Court of Arizona in Pinal County November 22, 2004 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Name of Person Filing Document: Your Address: Your City, State, Zip Code: Your Telephone Number:

SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY
In the Matter of the Estate of ) ) ) ) _______________________________________) [ ] An Adult or [ ] a Minor, deceased

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LETTERS OF APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ACCEPTANCE OF APPOINTMENT AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE

LETTERS OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
(name) is appointed as Personal Representative of this Estate without restriction except as follows:

WITNESS MY HAND AND SEAL this ________ day of _______________________, 20_______. KRISTI YOUTSEY RUIZ Clerk of the Superior Court
By___________________________________ Deputy Clerk

ACCEPTANCE OF APPOINTMENT
STATE OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY ) )ss.

I accept the duties of Personal Representative of the Estate of the above-named person who has died and do solemnly swear that I will perform the duties as Personal Representative according to law. DATED: _____________________________________________ Signature of Personal Representative

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before me this

day of ______________________________, 20_______. By ____________________________________ Deputy Clerk / Notary Public

My Commission Expires:

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Name of Person Filing Document: Your Address: Your City, State, Zip Code: Your Telephone Number: Attorney Bar Number (if applicable):

SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY
In the Matter of the Estate of ) ) ) ) ________________________________) [ ] an Adult or [ ] a Minor, deceased

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STATEMENT OF INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE [471]
(Person Died Without a Will "Intestate Estate") OR

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STATEMENT OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF A WILL AND INFORMAL APPOINMENT OF A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
(Person Died with a Will "Testate Estate")

THE PROBATE REGISTRAR FINDS: 1. An Application for Informal Appointment of a Personal Representative has been submitted by
[ ] [ ] [ ] , requesting the following: (Check the box only if there is no Will) The appointment of as the Personal Representative to administer the estate of the person who died without a Will, (Check the box only if there is a Will) The admission to probate of the Will of the person who died dated , (Check the box only if there is a Will) The appointment of as the Personal Representative to administer the estate of the person who died with a Will. The Probate Registrar has found compliance with A.R.S. 14-3303 and is satisfied that the Will is entitled to probate. The Probate Registrar has found compliance with A.R.S. 14-3308 and is satisfied that the person named below is entitled to appointment as Personal Representative under Arizona law.

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THEREFORE: 1. 2. 3. 4. (Name) , is appointed as Personal Representative of the estate of the person who died. [ ] (Check the box only if there is a Will) The Will of the person who died, dated is admitted to informal probate. [ ] No bond is required OR the Personal Representative shall post a bond in the amount of $ with this Court. Letters will be issued to the Personal Representative upon accepting and posting a bond (if required). The Personal Representative shall immediately notify the Court in these proceedings of any change in his or her address and shall be responsible for the costs resulting from his or her failure to do so.
__ ____________________________________________ Probate Registrar

DATED:

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Your Name: Your Address: City, State, Zip Code: Telephone Number: State Bar Number (Attorneys only):

SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA PINAL COUNTY
) ) ) ) ________________________________) [ ] Adult or [ ] a Minor, deceased In the Matter of the Estate of

PB 2 ORDER TO PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND INFORMATION TO HEIRS

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The best interest of this estate is of great concern to this Court. As Personal Representative, you are subject to the power of the Court. Therefore, to help avoid problems and to assist you in your duties, this Order is entered. You are required to be guided by this Order and to obey it. Unless an interested party files a written request to the Court, this Court will not review or supervise your actions as Personal Representative. In Arizona, if you are a beneficiary of an estate, you are expected to protect your own interests in the estate. The Personal Representative is required to provide sufficient information to the beneficiary to permit the beneficiary to protect his or her interests. The Court may hold a Personal Representative personally liable and responsible for any damage or loss to the estate resulting from a violation of the Personal Representative's duties. The following is an outline of some of your duties as Personal Representative:

DUTIES OF THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE: The duties of the Personal Representative are found in Chapter 3, Title 14 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (from now on called "A.R.S."). You are responsible for knowing and doing your duties according to these statutes. Some of the duties are
1. GATHER, CONTROL AND MANAGE ESTATE ASSETS.
As Personal Representative, you have the duty to gather and control all assets, which belonged to the decedent (the person who has died) at the time of his or her death. After the valid debts and expenses are paid, you have the duty to distribute any remaining assets according to the decedent's Will or, if there is no Will, to the intestate heirs of the decedent. As Personal Representative, you have the authority to manage the estate assets, but you must manage the estate assets for the benefit of those interested in the estate. As Personal Representative you are a fiduciary. This means you have a legal duty of undivided loyalty to the beneficiaries and the creditors of the estate. You must be cautious and prudent in dealing with estate assets. As Personal Representative, the estate assets do not belong to you and must never be used for your benefit or mixed with your assets or anyone else's assets. Arizona law prohibits a Personal Representative from participating in transactions that are a conflict of interest between you, as Personal Representative, and you as an individual. Other than receiving reasonable compensation for your services as Personal Representative, you may not profit from dealing with estate assets.

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FIDUCIARY DUTIES.

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PROVIDE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT.

Within thirty (30) days after your Appointment as Personal Representative, you must mail notice of your appointment to the heirs and devisees whose addresses are reasonably available to you. If your appointment is made in a formal proceeding, you need not give notice to those persons previously noticed of a formal appointment proceeding. See A.R.S. 14-3705. Within thirty (30) days of the Admission of the Will to informal probate, you must give written notice to all heirs and devisees of the Admission of the Will to probate, together with a copy of the Will. You must notify the heirs that they have 4 (four) months to contest the probate. See A.R.S. 14-3306.

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PROVIDE NOTICE OF ADMISSION OF WILL TO PROBATE.

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MAIL COPIES OF THIS ORDER TO PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE. Within thirty (30) days of your appointment, you must mail a copy of this "ORDER TO PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND INFORMATION TO HEIRS", to all the heirs and devisees of the estate, and to any other persons who have filed a demand for notice.
Within fifteen (15) days of your appointment as Personal Representative, you must file with the Court a notarized statement swearing that a copy of this Order was mailed to each devisee, to each heir in intestate (no will) estates and to any other persons who have filed a demand for notice.

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FILE PROOF OF COMPLIANCE.

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PUBLISH NOTICE. After your appointment as Personal Representative, you must publish a notice (PB1Informal) once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a Pinal County newspaper of general circulation that announces your appointment as Personal Representative and tells creditors of the estate that unless they present their claims against the estate within the prescribed time limit, the claims will not be paid. In addition, you must mail a similar notice to all persons you know are creditors and to all persons you can reasonably find out are creditors of the estate. See A.R.S. 14-3801. PROTECT ASSETS.
You must immediately find, identify, and take possession of the estate assets and make proper arrangements to protect them. See A.R.S. 14-3709. All property must be re-titled to show ownership in the name of the estate --such as "Estate of (decedent's name), your name, as Personal Representative." Do not put the estate assets into your name, anyone else's name, joint accounts, trust accounts ("in trust for"), or payable on death ("POD") accounts. Do not list yourself or any other person as joint owner or beneficiary on any bank accounts or other assets belonging to the estate. Do not mix any estate assets with your own assets or anyone else's assets.

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If your authority as Personal Representative has been limited by the Court, you must promptly protect the estate assets as ordered, and file a Proof of Restricted Assets with the Court. You may not sell, encumber, distribute, withdraw or otherwise transfer restricted assets without first obtaining permission from the Court.

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DETERMINE STATUTORY ALLOWANCES.

It is your responsibility to determine whether any individuals are entitled to statutory allowances under A.R.S. 14-2402, 2403, and 2404. Statutory allowances include a homestead allowance, exempt property allowance, and a family allowance.

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INVENTORY ASSETS.

Within ninety (90) days after your appointment as Personal Representative, you must prepare an inventory or list of the decedent's probate assets and their values as of the date of death. See A.R.S. 14-3706. The inventory must be either (1) filed with the Court and mailed to all interested persons who request it, or (2) not filed with the court, but mailed to all heirs, devisees, and other interested persons who have requested it and a Notice of Mailing Inventory to Heirs, filed with the court.

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STANDARD OF CARE.

In administering estate assets, you must observe the standards of care applicable to a trustee, including the prudent investor act. See A.R.S. 14-7301 et. seq., and 14-7601 et seq.

KEEP DETAILED RECORDS. You must keep detailed records of all receipts and expenses of the
estate. You are required to provide an accounting of your administration of the estate to all persons affected by the administration. See A.R.S. 14-3933.

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PAY VALID DEBTS AND EXPENSES.

You must determine which claims and expenses of the estate are valid and should be paid. You must provide to any creditor whose claims are not allowed prompt written notification that they will not be paid or will not be paid in full. See A.R.S. 14-3806. To the extent there are enough assets in the estate, you are responsible for the payment of any estate debts and/or expenses you know about or can find out about. If there are not enough estate assets to pay all debts and expenses, you must determine which debts and expenses should be paid according to the law. See A.R.S. 14-3805. You may be personally liable if you pay a debt or expense that should not be paid.

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PAY TAXES.

It is your responsibility to determine that all taxes are paid and that all tax returns for the decedent and the estate are prepared and filed.

DISTRIBUTE REMAINING ASSETS.

After payment of all debts and expenses of the estate, you must distribute estate assets as directed in the Will or, if there is not a Will, to the intestate heirs. If there are not enough assets in the estate to make the gifts as set forth in the Will, it is your responsibility to determine how the distributions should be made as required by law. See A.R.S. 14-3902 and 14-3907. You may be personally liable if you make an improper distribution of estate assets. Until the probate is closed and you are discharged as Personal Representative, you must notify the Court in writing if you change your home or mailing address.

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CHANGE OF ADDRESS.

PAYMENT AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE.

As Personal Representative, you are entitled to reasonable compensation. Arizona statutes do not designate percentage fees for your work or say how much a Personal Representative should be paid. You must keep receipts to prove out-of-pocket expenses. In determining whether a fee is reasonable, the following factors will be considered: a. The time required (as supported by detailed time records), the novelty and difficulty of the issues involved, and the skill required to do the service properly; b. The likelihood that your acceptance as Personal Representative will preclude other employment; c. The fee normally charged in the area for similar services; d. The nature and value of estate assets, the income earned by the estate, and the responsibilities and potential liability assumed by you as Personal Representative; e. The results obtained for the estate; f. The time limitations imposed by the circumstances; g. The experience, reputation, diligence and ability of the person performing the services; h. The reasonableness of the time spent and service performed under the circumstances; and, i. Any other relevant factors.

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COURT INVOLVEMENT.

Usually, to reduce estate expenses, estates are administered and estate claims and expenses are paid, including the fees to the attorney and Personal Representative, with little Court involvement. The Court does not supervise informal probates or the conduct of a Personal Representative. However, if any interested party believes that the estate has not been properly handled or that the fees charged by the attorney or Personal Representative are not reasonable under the circumstances, that party may request that the Court review the accounting for the Personal Representative's administration of the estate. Any additional Court involvement may result in additional delay and expenses. If appropriate, the Court may assess the additional expense against the estate or the non-prevailing party.

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CLOSE THE ESTATE.

After distribution of the estate has been completed, the estate must be closed, either formally or informally. In an informal closing, a copy of the Closing Statement is filed with the Court and must be sent to all persons receiving a distribution from the estate. See A.R.S. 14-3933. For a formal closing, see A.R.S. 14-3931 and 14-3932. Usually, the Court expects the estate to be completely administered and closed within six (6) months to one (1) year of the initial appointment of the Personal Representative.

WARNING.

This is only an outline of some of your duties as Personal Representative. This Order does not describe all of your duties and is not a substitute for obtaining professional legal advice. This is a general outline of your duties only. If you have any questions as Personal Representative, before taking any action you should contact an attorney who handles probate estates to find out what to do.

Failure to obey a Court Order and the statutory provisions relating to this estate may result in your removal as Personal Representative and other penalties. In some circumstances, you may be held in contempt of court, punished by confinement in jail, fine or both. In addition, if you violate any of your fiduciary duties, you could be held personally liable for any losses for which you are responsible.
The Superior Court of Arizona in Pinal County, Self Service Center has printed forms and instructions to help you with the Probate of an Informal Estate. Any legal questions will require you to consult with an attorney.

Dated:_____________________________

_______________________________________ Superior Court Judge or Special Commissioner

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT
The undersigned acknowledges receiving a copy of this order and agrees to be bound by its provisions, whether or not he or she read it before signing, as long as he or she is Personal Representative. ______________________________________ Date ______________________________________ Date

Signature of Personal Representative

Signature of Personal Representative

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