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Priority of Creditor Claims in Arizona Probate

A.R.S. § 14-3805 sets forth the following in regard to the priority of creditor claims in probate in Arizona:

A. If the applicable assets of the estate are insufficient to pay all claims in full, the personal representative shall make payment in the following order:

1. Costs and expenses of administration.

2. Reasonable funeral expenses.

3. Debts and taxes with preference under federal law.

4. Reasonable and necessary medical and hospital expenses of the last illness of the decedent, including compensation of persons attending him.

5. Debts and taxes with preference under the laws of this state.

6. All other claims.

B. No preference shall be given in the payment of any claim over any other claim of the same class and a claim due and payable shall not be entitled to a preference over claims not due.

This brief overview of some important considerations associated with creditor claims in Arizona probate is by no means comprehensive. Always seek the advice of a competent professional when making important legal decisions.

Arizona Probate AttorneyDouglas K Cook is a probate attorney with over 40 years of experience as a practicing attorney. Although Douglas K Cook's office is located in Mesa, Arizona, he represents clients throughout the Phoenix, Arizona Metropolitan area including the following east valley cities: Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Chandler, & Gilbert.

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