I'm sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, you will need to retain an Arizona attorney to assist you with the necessary documentation to transfer your father's assets. Given the fact that he owned a $50,000 bank account and a home, the odds are that you will need to be appointed as the Administrator of his estate. If he was unmarried at the time of his death, you and your sister should be the sole heirs. Good luck to you.
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I have attached the instructions and form for Affidavit for Collection of Personal Property. This is your starting point. Sometimes the bank require additional information, so you will need to work with them. Good luck.
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I agree with my colleagues. You should consult with a probate lawyer to determine how best to proceed. You may be able to use a small estate proceeding of some kind. This would likely provide for an equal division of the estate, however, and would not take the alleged Will into account. In Michigan, it is possible that the note could be considered a Will. Arizona mileage may vary a great deal. An attorney can advise you how to proceed.
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