The following is from Arizona real estate attorney Chris Combs.

Under ARS §33-405 a beneficiary deed can be executed and recorded by the owner of real property to a family member or any other person. The following are answers to some basic questions.

1. When is a beneficiary deed effective?
Answer: Upon the death of the owner of the real property.

2. If a will is executed after a beneficiary deed, does the will control?
Answer: No. A beneficiary deed is not revoked by a will. ARS §33-405(J).

3. Are there any tax issues when a beneficiary deed is recorded?
Answer: No. The recording of a beneficiary deed is not a taxable event.

4. Can a beneficiary deed be revoked?
Answer: Yes. The owner of the real property can record a notice of revocation at any time prior to death.

5. Are there approved forms for a beneficiary deed?
Answer: ARS §33-405(K) has an approved form of a beneficiary deed. In addition, ARS §33-405(L) has an approved form for the notice of revocation of a beneficiary deed.

Note: Combs Law Group offers a $1,500 flat fee, including recording costs, for recording beneficiary deeds on up to three parcels of real property.

See Arizona Beneficiary Deeds – Part 2.