Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Requirements for Guardians, Conservators and Personal Representatives

By Harry J. Lenaburg, Esq.

Effective September 1, 2012 there are some new requirements for individuals who want to be appointed as a Guardian, a Conservator or a Personal Representative for an Estate.

When applying to the court to be appointed as a Personal Representative of an Estate, whether through the Informal Probate process or the Formal Probate process, you must take both a “Personal Representative Training Module” and also probably an “Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Module”.  These training modules are available online and also at the information desk or self-service center at each Maricopa County Superior Court facility.

When applying to be the Guardian or Conservator for either a minor, or an adult protected person, you would, or course, need to take either the “Guardianship Training Module” or the “Conservatorship Training Module”, whichever is appropriate.  In some cases you may need to apply to be both the Guardian and Conservator of the individual.  If so you can take a combined “Guardianship and Conservatorship Training Module”.  You will also need to complete the “Unlicensed Fiduciary Training Module” to be appointed as Guardian and/or Conservator.

You can find these Training Modules online at

The Law Firm of Jessica m. Cotter, P.L.L.C.
18301 N. 79th Ave, Ste F-168
Glendale, AZ  85308

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