Arizona Death of Employee: What you need to know

When an employee dies, employers must pay up to $5,000 in unpaid wages or other compensation for personal services to the employee's surviving spouse (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 14-3971). Before payment is made, the spouse must present an affidavit to the employer stating that:
• He or she is the surviving spouse or is authorized to act on the spouse's behalf.
• No application or petition for the appointment of a personal representative is pending or has been granted, or, if granted, the personal representative has been discharged or more than 1 year has elapsed since a closing statement has been filed.
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The superior courts of Arizona process probate cases and can provide employers with general probate information. Employers that are uncertain about legal requirements regarding payment of a deceased employee's wages should contact the clerk of the local superior court.
Last reviewed on April 5, 2017.

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