Thanks to a recent change in Arizona law, it is now possible to designate a beneficiary to receive title to a motor vehicle in Arizona upon a person's death. Before, it was not possible to do so. Unless the vehicle fell within the small estate exceptions, it was necessary to open probate to simply transfer a vehicle. This was a serious gap in Arizona law, since it has been possible for individuals to transfer real estate and bank and other accounts by simple joint tenancy deeds and beneficiary designations, respectively. In 2011, Arizona law was changed. Read how . . .