Small Estate Probate Services

You may transfer/collect decedent’s personal and/or real property by Affidavit if:

  1. The decedent’s PERSONAL PROPERTY (cash, stocks, furnishings, cars, etc.) has a total value of less than $75,000 and at least thirty 30 days have passed since the date of death, OR
  2. The decedent’s REAL PROPERTY (home, land, permanent buildings) has a total equity value (market value less liens and encumbrances) of less than $100,000.00 and at least six months have passed since the date of death.
  3. You are the surviving spouse, and you want to use the Affidavit to Collect Personal Property to collect wages of up to $5000 owed to the decedent, AND/OR you are entitled to the property, and have the legal right (“legal standing”) to submit an affidavit claiming the property. Note: If there are people with equal or greater right than you to the property, they have all assigned their entire interests in the estate to you, which is proven by the copy of the documents they signed to this effect that you can attach to the affidavit.  Arizona Probate Services will, if needed, prepare the necessary assignments with appropriate signature/notary lines, etc.


  • Small Estate Affidavit For Collection of PERSONAL PROPERTY –  Professional Document Preparation fee:    $295.00
    Note: There are no court filing or recorder fees associated with the Small Estate Personal Property Affidavit.
  • Small Estate Transfer of REAL PROPERTY – Professional Document Preparation Fee: $795, plus court filing fee and recorder fees.
  • Probate Court Filing Fee: $279 (Maricopa County, other counties vary).
    Certified Copy of the filed Affidavit for the County Recorder: estimated $32 ea (varies by County).
  • County Recording Fee: $30 – $40 depending on the County.
  • Record Death Certificate, if not done already:  $30 – $40 depending on the County.

*Arizona Probate Services does NOT add any surcharge to outside court/recorder fees.  All fees on this website are subject to change without notice.

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