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Conducting important legal matters to settle the estate of a loved one can be immensely challenging. At Gillespie, Shields & Taylor, our seasoned Arizona probate lawyer can stand by your side throughout the entire Arizona probate law process, offering comprehensive legal guidance and effective representation. Whether you require probate administration, probate litigation, general probate counseling, probate mediation/arbitration, or proactive estate planning to help your family streamline the probate process in the future, we have the tools necessary to build and implement highly effective legal solutions to see you through this difficult time.

Arizona Probate Lawyer

Helping You Understand Arizona Probate Law

An estate consists of everything owned by an individual, whether during his/her lifetime or at the time of his/her death. After death, all creditors, unpaid income taxes, and administrative costs (i.e., accountant and lawyer fees) must be paid before the assets that remain can be distributed according to the deceased individual’s (decedent’s) wishes. These processes are overseen in probate court. Thus, probate law encompasses a broad spectrum of legal actions that arise when an individual dies – the payment of a debt, resolution of disputes, distribution of assets to heirs and beneficiaries, and the final settling of the estate.

Probate can be time-consuming, especially for beneficiaries who are waiting for an inheritance and/or facing a loved one’s final expenses. It is an important process because probate addresses critical issues like evaluating assets, settling debts, and the fair and lawful distribution of assets among beneficiaries. Fortunately, you can streamline the probate process and keep timelines on track by working with a qualified probate lawyer in Phoenix, Mesa or somewhere else in the Phoenix metropolitan area. At Gillespie, Shields & Taylor, we are proud to serve individuals and families across Arizona. We recognize the unique needs and goals of each client, and we carefully craft our legal strategies to match.

Probate Administration

Probate administration refers to a series of legal processes that unfold after an individual’s death involving the management and distribution of an estate. The general term “probate” is often used to refer to probate administration, but the process can also be referred to as “estate administration.” The probate administration process is designed to address outstanding financial obligations and protect assets until they can be distributed among the decedent’s beneficiaries.

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Probate Litigation

When disputes arise regarding the administration of an estate in probate court, litigation may become necessary. Probate litigation can be complex and difficult; however, it can also be an effective way to bring disputes to a fair and legally binding resolution. Knowing when to pursue litigation in a probate case – or what to do when another party has pursued litigation against the estate or a personal representative – is a delicate topic well-suited to the qualified probate litigation attorney at Gillespie, Shields & Taylor.

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Estate Planning

The best strategy for avoiding or minimizing the time spent in probate court is to work with a talented attorney to create and implement a comprehensive estate plan. For most people, an estate plan will comprise much more than a Last Will & Testament, although this is often a fundamental component. A comprehensive estate plan consists of documents designed not only to manage and distribute your estate upon your death but also to allow you control over managing your assets and paying your bills should you become incapacitated.

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Probate Mediation/Arbitration

Our probate mediation and arbitration services offer an innovative and cost-saving approach to resolving disputes that arise among family members during the administration of an estate or trust. Whether you need someone to represent your position in probate mediation or an arbitrator experienced in probate law to hear and decide a disputed matter, we can provide perspective, guidance, and innovative solutions to enable you to solve complex problems at reduced expense.

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Your Steadfast Advocates in AZ Probate Court

Gillespie, Shields & Taylor: Your Steadfast Advocates in AZ Probate Court

Probate law doesn’t need to be a confusing and stressful ordeal. With Gillespie, Shields & Taylor on your side, you can focus on living your life while we take care of the tedious legal details and keep your probate case on track for a positive outcome. Even if complexities like trust litigation or disputes among heirs should arise, we stand ready to offer powerful, effective legal solutions designed to meet your needs. Contact our offices today for a no-pressure consultation.

Your Probate Law Team

At Gillespie, Shields & Taylor we have over 27 years of experience in Trust and Probate Administration Law. Probate and Trust Administration can be a complicated process which involves many different legal strategies. Probate litigation can be even more disconcerting, especially if family animosity is involved. We effectively represent you and strive to keep stress between family members to a minimum. We will carefully guide you through all the legal requirements to help resolve all the legal issues.

Wayne H. Taylor

Wayne is a personable, experienced, down-to-earth attorney, who listens carefully to his clients’ needs and works tirelessly with them towards the achievement of their reasonable legal goals. As he sees it, Wayne’s duty as an attorney is to use his legal knowledge to make life a little fairer for his clients.

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“Mr. Taylor’s compassionate and experienced approach to estate and trust administration was a blessing during a challenging time. He helped us achieve excellent results. If you’re looking for a great attorney – look no further.”

Eloisa Kewley

5 Star Google Review, September 26, 2023

“Awesome! Everyone we met at the office was friendly and helpful. Our lawyer was patient, knowledgeable and spoke clearly where you actually understood the law! Highly recommend Wayne Taylor.”

Mame Harrop

5 Star Google Review, September 27, 2023

“We needed a probate/trust litigation lawyer who could handle our complicated case. We found Wayne Taylor, thank goodness! His dedication to our case was clear from day one. Thanks to his efforts, our dispute was resolved quickly and without a lot of stress.”

Sophronia McInich

5 Star Google Review, September 25, 2023


“I found Wayne Taylor to be a highly zealous and dedicated lawyer in my trust litigation case. His hard work and experience yielded great results. I am extremely satisfied. Thanks Wayne.”

Sena Widner

5 Star Google Review, September 25, 2023



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Taking a Closer Look at Probate Law

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