Please contact our office for a consultation to review the facts and circumstances of your specific case. Again, while Asimou & Associates, PLC and its attorneys are only licensed to practice in Arizona and Washington, D.C., we have appeared in other states and do so regularly as we are able to associate with local counsel in your jurisdiction.

Missing Person – Investigations, Conservatorship and Declaration of Death

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), there are as many as 85,000 active missing person cases nationwide. According to NamUs, as of April 2016 there are in excess of 12,000 active cases in the NamUs Missing Person database.

Often times, when a loved one goes missing, his or her name may be on a mortgage or loan. You may have counted on his or her paycheck to support your household expenses. You may desire to sell a home that is jointly titled between you and your loved one but cannot do so without legal action. Your loved one may have obtained life insurance or that you cannot access pending a declaration that your loved one is legally dead. You may also be entitled to social security benefits that you cannot access pending a legal determination that your loved one has died.

Most states have a statute (law) which requires a certain amount of time to pass before a missing person is presumed dead. In other words, the law may presume that your family member must remain missing for a certain period of time (varies by state and circumstances of death, but typically five years) before a Court will declare that person legally dead.

However, if there is “sufficient evidence” that a missing person has died, you may obtain the Court’s declaration that your loved one is legally dead ahead the presumptive time frame. Different states have adopted different standards for the burden of evidence required (whether a higher “clear and convincing” standard or lower “preponderance” standard).

While our firm and its attorneys are licensed to practice law in the state of Arizona, we can associate with counsel in the state where your loved one was living before he or she went missing to determine what steps are necessary to obtain either a conservatorship over your loved one’s assets or declaration that he or she is legally dead.

Our firm can assist you in obtaining a conservatorship over your missing spouse or family member so that you may tend to immediate issues such as transferring assets, selling or refinancing a home or other loan. We also may be able to petition the Court for a declaration that your loved one is legally dead without waiting the presumptive time limit so that you may start the process of moving on and healing from your loss.

Please contact our office for a consultation to review the facts and circumstances of your specific case. Again, while Asimou & Associates, PLC and its attorneys are only licensed to practice in Arizona, we may be able to associate with local counsel in your jurisdiction or refer you to counsel in your jurisdiction to assist you.

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Asimou & Associates, PLC

5050 North 40th Street. Suite 220
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Phone: 602-604-0011
Toll Free: 866-952-0101
Fax: 602-445-3686

Asimou & Associates, PLC

5050 North 40th Street. Suite 220
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Phone: 602-604-0011
Toll Free: 866-952-0101
Fax: 602-445-3686

If you would like to discuss your matter with Asimou & Associates,
please call us at 602-604-0011 or toll free at 866-952-0101

If you would like to discuss your matter with

Asimou & Associates

please call us at

602-604-0011

or toll free at

866-952-0101