Maryland law requires that anyone in possession of the Will of a deceased individual must file that Will promptly with the Maryland Register of Wills in the county where that individual lived at the time of death, even if no probate is required. If there is to be a probate, the Personal Representative (or Executor) of the Will must complete the probate process before distributing the decedent’s assets to the beneficiaries.
As a Westminster, MD Probate lawyer, I provide services for Central Maryland residents including Reisterstown, Parkton, Owings Mills, Sykesville, Eldersburg, Carroll County, and Howard County. Call 410-591-6992 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
The Probate Process
The Probate process can be complicated and can take a long time. Some of the Personal Representative’s many duties are to organize and collect financial records, secure property, notify various agencies of the decedent’s death, determine what kind of estate to open, file various legal documents with the Register of Wills, decide which creditors and expenses must be paid, decide how to value and distribute assets, and determine if federal or state estate taxes are due.
They are also responsible for filing accountings with the Orphans Court or Register of Wills in their county. Mistakes during this process can delay the final distribution of assets, and significantly increase probate expenses and a Personal Representative can be held personally liable for debts if the estate is not probated correctly. Allow me to serve as your Westminster, MD probate lawyer to avoid costly errors or delays.
The Purpose of Probating a Will
Probating a will ensures that an estate is managed properly after someone’s death. Because the Probate process “proves” a will in court, it ensures that the will is legitimate, that no other people have come forward to make claims on the estate, and the estate can be closed effectively.
Because Probate can be confusing for the beneficiary, administrator, or executor of the will, it is best to consult with a Westminster, MD probate lawyer as soon as possible. Turning to DK Rus Law helps determine the proper course of action and complete the process as quickly as possible. If there are instances in which probate is avoidable, I am happy to discuss those issues on a case-by-case basis.
Maryland Probate Services
My office can guide you through the entire Probate process in an efficient, professional, and stress free manner. My experience as a Westminster, MD Probate lawyer will ensure that the settling of your family member’s estate will proceed in the quickest and most cost effective way possible. Additionally, my staff can schedule consultations for:
I provide Probate services for Central Maryland residents including Westminster, Reisterstown, Parkton, Owings Mills, Sykesville, Eldersburg, Carroll County, and Howard County. Call 410-591-6992 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
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