A. After the death of a testator and on request of an interested person, a person having custody of a will of the testator shall deliver it with reasonable promptness to a person able to secure its probate or, if none is known, to an appropriate court.
Terms Used In Arizona Laws 14-2516
- Court: means the superior court. See Arizona Laws 14-1201
- Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
- Interested person: includes any trustee, heir, devisee, child, spouse, creditor, beneficiary, person holding a power of appointment and other person who has a property right in or claim against a trust estate or the estate of a decedent, ward or protected person. See Arizona Laws 14-1201
- Person: means an individual or an organization. See Arizona Laws 14-1201
- Probate: Proving a will
- Proceeding: includes action at law and suit in equity. See Arizona Laws 14-1201
- Testator: includes a person of either sex. See Arizona Laws 14-1201
- Wilfully: means , with respect to conduct or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense, that a person is aware or believes that the person's conduct is of that nature or that the circumstance exists. See Arizona Laws 1-215
B. A person who wilfully fails to deliver a will as required by this section is liable to any person aggrieved for any damages caused by this failure.
C. A person who wilfully refuses or fails to deliver a will after being ordered by the court in a proceeding brought for the purpose of compelling delivery is subject to penalty for contempt of court.