Mesa Probate Attorney

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Mesa Probate Lawyer

Jason May

Attorney at Law Magazine's Mesa Probate Local Legal Authority.

Knowledgeable & Reliable

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Vetted by Attorney at Law Magazine

Ready to Win in Mesa

Knowledgeable & Reliable

Contributor to Attorney at Law Magazine

Who is Jason May?

Father, Husband, Caretaker, Explorer, Author, Historian, Speaker, Attorney & Counselor at Law are all words that have been used to describe Jason May your Phoenix Probate Attorney.

Early on in his legal career Jason thought he was going to be a patent attorney. Then, his Grandma Minnie’s health declined and family strife ensued. After a long and stress filled court battle his family was awarded Guardianship. However, the issues did not end until far after her passing. Most of the issues could have been prevented with proper planning. From this experience he knew what he was directed to do, help people like his Grandma document her goals, dreams and ideas through proper estate planning and help people like his family honor there loved ones wishes.

Jason spends a significant amount of time trying to prevent issues and fix messes that were created before becoming involved. Ideally, his goal is to meet a client or their loved one prior to needing probate.  Proper estate planning may prevent the need for probate all together. Proper estate planning is more than just going online and printing out some fill-in-the-blank papers by ABC Document Preparer because even those paying good money through this type of service may not cover all of the issues to properly plan for your estate.

When Jason is not helping his clients avoid the pitfalls of phoenix probate, his family is his priority followed by volunteering. He loves to travel and show his family new places and people. They will take random road trips and explore on the way. History and all the things that make it up is also a passion of his. His wife Holly and he regularly volunteer to teach elementary age children.

Contact Jason today to be your Mesa Probate Attorney.

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Jason May quickly quelled all our concerns regarding our Mother's estate. He is patient, concise and very knowledgeable. Fantastic communicator.Thank you JasonMark and Patty
mark gannon
mark gannon
19:00 07 Apr 20
Jason has been a great help with both my mother and father´s wills. Very quick to respond to any questions we had. He also takes the time to explain things in a way we can understand and it makes the process very simple.
Heather O'Dowd
Heather O'Dowd
23:35 19 Nov 19
The team made the process super simple and easy to understand even with all our changes
Eric Cacace
Eric Cacace
18:43 24 Oct 19
Ron Person
Ron Person
16:34 24 Oct 19
Ron Person
Ron Person
16:26 24 Oct 19
Both my husband and myself have used AZ Law Doctors for our Estate trust and Probate properties. Jason's expertise in these areas allowed us to have a peace of mind that everything will be handled completely.
Lupe Buys
Lupe Buys
17:58 27 Aug 19
Jason May was very thorough and answered all of our questions fully. We needed a lot of education and he patiently explained everything for us. Would recommend him for work on wills, trusts' health care power of attorney, etc. Thx!
Judy Mork
Judy Mork
23:50 05 Aug 19
Jeffrey Audette
Jeffrey Audette
21:02 14 Feb 19

About Mesa Probate Law

Probate law in Mesa involves the legal process behind properly distributing a deceased person’s estate to his or her heirs. This process generally follows these basic steps:

  • Someone is named as the administrator — also known as the executor — of the estate, either by the deceased person’s will or by court appointment.
  • The court verifies that the deceased person’s will is valid.
  • The deceased person’s property is identified, inventoried, and appraised so that assets may be distributed or sold.
  • Debts or taxes owed by the deceased person are paid.
  • The remaining assets are distributed in accordance with the will, or—in the absence of a will—by Arizona law.

What Does a Mesa Probate Attorney Do?

If you’ve been named administrator of a loved one’s estate, it is encouraged that you seek advice from an experienced Mesa probate attorney, as they will know the legal ins and outs of the process. Some of the services that a Mesa probate lawyer can provide include:

  • Assisting with the sale or distribution of estate property and assets.
  • Obtaining appraisals of estate-owned property.
  • Determining the taxes that are owed on the property.
  • Representing you in court if there should be challenges to the estate brought by beneficiaries.
  • Locating and securing assets that are involved in probate as well as those that aren’t. An example of a non-probate asset would be a life insurance policy.
  • Preparing and filing all documents required by probate court, paying heed to the deadlines involved in these filings.
  • The collection and disbursement of life insurance proceeds.
  • Dealing with the deceased’s retirement plans, such as IRAs and 401(k)s.
  • Advising their client as to any final debts owed by the estate.
  • Settling disputes between administrators and beneficiaries.
  • Re-titling the deceased person’s real estate into the names of the appropriate beneficiaries.
  • Distributing the remainder of the estate to beneficiaries after applicable debts and taxes have been paid.

Frequently Asked Questions About Probate

What happens if there is no will?

If a person dies without a will, his or her assets will be distributed according to Arizona law. The court will appoint an executor of its choice to oversee the distribution of the assets. Individuals can challenge the will, with the court making a decision as to the appropriate beneficiary for each asset.

How long does probate take?

According to information from the American Bar Association, the average estate completes the probate process within six to nine months after the initial filing in court. However, this timeline can grow quite a bit if there are challenges to the will or difficulties locating and appraising property belonging to the estate.

Does all property have to go through probate?

Not necessarily. If property is jointly owned, then ownership will remain with the surviving owner. Additionally, non-probate assets such as the proceeds from a life insurance policy, are payable upon death to the beneficiary specified in the policy.

What does “contesting a will” mean?

It means that you disagree with the dispensation of assets in accordance to the will for a specific legal reason such as incapacity, fraud, undue influence, or duress. Contesting a will is a legal process of its own and one that requires court filings.

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