Estate Administration in Goodyear, Arizona

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Estate administration, in basic terms, is the procedure of maintenance and distribution of a person's assets after they die.

If the person who died made and executed a valid will in Goodyear, Arizona, the process of estate administration typically follows the procedures and instructions laid out in the will.

Most frequently, a will names a person to serve as executor, whose job it is to guarantee that the estate is properly administered.

The executor usually has at least some work cut out for them. This apparently raises the issue of compensation. The easiest way to guarantee that the executor does his or her job is simply to appoint the person who has the most to gain from the will. That way, they cannot inherit until the process is finalized.

What if The Will Does Not Name an Executor?

If a Goodyear, Arizona will does not name an executor, or no will exists or can be found, it's up to the local court to determine who should be the executor.

Typically, this will be the person who has the most to acquire from the will, or who would gain the most under Arizona's intestacy scheme (the system that distributes the decedent's property to his or her closest living relatives, if he or she dies without a will).

If the will doesn't name a person who is to serve as executor, or the individual named is no longer alive or cannot be found, anyone with a direct interest in the will can apply to the Goodyear, Arizona court to be the executor.

Once an executor is assigned (whether by being named in the will, or on the application of another person), they "step into the shoes" of the estate, and are expected to safeguard its interests to the fullest extent possible. They further are obligated to accurately inventory the estate's debts and assets, as well as notify possible beneficiaries.

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Can a Goodyear, Arizona Estate Administration Attorney Help?

If you are the administrator of an estate, and are not a legal and/or financial professional, you might confront legal or tax issues with which you are unfamiliar. A Goodyear, Arizona attorney would be quite helpful in such a situation.

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Life in Goodyear

In 1917, Goodyear Tire and Rubbery Company bought 16,000 acres of land to cultivate cotton for tire threads.  This land came to be known as Goodyear.  Goodyear is home to approximately 65,275 people and is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. 

Besides the famous tire company, Goodyear is also known because the Cleveland Indians baseball team moved their spring training facility to Goodyear from Florida.  Goodyear then funded a spring training complex, worth $33 million, for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.  The ballpark seats about 10,000 people and is one of the popular attractions to see.

Goodyear is home to many small to mid-size law firms with many capable attorneys able to handle any and all legal inquiries.  Therefore, Goodyear residents can stay assured that their legal needs will be well-handled by the legal force in Goodyear, Arizona. 

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