When a person passes away with or without a Last Will and Testament, the estate may need to go through probate. This legal process serves to prevent fraud and ensure that beneficiaries are taken care off in accordance with a will or under Maryland law. Smaller estates and those that are held in trusts do not have to pass through probate, however, and probate may also be avoided if there is no will and all heirs agree on the distribution of assets.
If you have lost a loved one, it will be important to determine whether probate is required and what to expect during these proceedings. There are many factors to consider and unique issues that may arise, and for that reason it is highly beneficial to involve an Annapolis probate lawyer. A legal professional who understands the ins and outs of probate in Maryland will be able to answer your questions, provide insight regarding the upcoming process, and protect your interests along the way.
DiPietro Law Group, PLLC provides experienced probate counsel based on over 40 years of collective legal experience. To find out how we can help you, call (410) 220-6784.
The Maryland Probate Process
Generally speaking, the probate process involves:
- The appointment of an executor or personal representative (in accordance with a will, or in accordance with Maryland law if there is no will).
- The gathering and valuation of all assets owned by the estate.
- The payment of bills and taxes, as needed, to fulfil the obligations of the estate.
- The distribution of assets to heirs and beneficiaries (in accordance with the will, or if there is no will, in accordance with Maryland law).
While many probate proceedings go relatively smoothly with few delays or issues, there are problems that may arise. Our Annapolis probate attorneys know how to deal with challenges such as will contests, fraud, or other difficulties. If you are the executor or an heir or beneficiary, and you need guidance related to probate or estate administration, we are here to assert your rights.
Contact us at (410) 220-6784 or online to arrange a confidential consultation and review of your legal matter.