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Burial responsibility falls to the next of kin. For more information, please see A.R.S. § 36-831.
The funeral home will refer the case to the burial program if the decedent’s estate or their family’s total assets are less than $350.00. If the funds are less than $350.00 the program will review the case to determine what financial assistance is available.
In order to determine eligibility the program will require financial documentation that the deceased person’s estate and their family members do not have the ability to pay any funeral expenses from any resource or income.
An application must be completed with one of the contracted funeral homes. They will perform the initial financial review to determine if the final arrangements will be fully or partially paid by the legally responsible family member, legal agent, or other community entity. The contracted funeral home will only submit the application to the burial program for final eligibility determination after all other alternatives have been fully exhausted. For more information please call the burial coordinator at 602-506-5801.
The family should bring important documents belonging to the decedent, for example:
- Any Power of Attorneys- Bank statements- DD214, if the decedent served in the military- Decedent's written instructions regarding final arrangements, etc.
The office serves individuals who have very limited or no funds, no family members or other interested parties, or a private fiduciary willing to serve in the role as guardian and conservator.
A guardian is a person who has the legal authority to care for the personal and property interests of another person. A guardian is appointed by the court for a person who is unable to take care their personal and medical needs themselves. The Public Fiduciary will only serve as guardian when there are no other alternatives or persons qualified.
The court will look to the family first to determine if there is anyone qualified to serve as guardian. A family member is often the best choice to serve, because the family will be most familiar with their loved ones unique preferences and will have knowledge of their individual history. The Public Fiduciary is appointed only when there are no other alternatives to guardianship and there is no one else willing and able to serve. There are also private fiduciaries that perform these services.
Under the court’s supervision, a conservator oversees a person’s assets and manages those assets for the benefit of that individual. Each year the conservator must file an accounting with the court and receive the court’s approval.
Yes, Arizona Law recognizes several alternatives to guardianship
The form is available here - Court Forms.
See alternatives to guardianship.
A guardian and/or conservator is appointed by the court. A court hearing is held to consider all the necessary information. The court decides whether the person is in need of protection and appoints a guardian and/or conservator.
Court filing fees apply to every case, unless a deferral or waiver application is granted by the court. An attorney retainer is common and if the appointment is successful, the legal expenses may be paid out of the funds belonging to the person needing protection. Some families file the legal documents with the help of the forms available at the self-help service center, Court Forms.
Yes, for more information visit the Public Fiduciary fees.
For more information please see Guardianship and/or Conservatorship page.
No. The Ward's debts and expenses are paid from their own income and resources. The debtor cannot collect from the legal agent's personal funds.If there are no funds after the Ward's basic expenses for care and services are paid, the guardian notifies the creditor that their claim cannot currently be paid as the Ward is unable to pay.
You may want to consult an attorney familiar with guardianships/conservatorships.
To find an attorney suitable for consultation, contact the Arizona State Bar.
Obtain a new medical report that states the Ward no longer needs a guardian. Then file a petition with the court for termination of guardianship.