Probate and estate administration are complex proceedings that arise at a time when a family is already dealing with the grief associated with the loss of a loved one. Even with a carefully thought-out estate plan, assets must be distributed and wishes carried out in accordance with a Last Will and Testament. Disputes may arise if beneficiaries, creditors, or family members believe their legal rights are being violated in some way.
Probate and estate administration approached with the counsel of a seasoned attorney can make all the difference through these complicated matters. DiPietro Law Group, PLLC is here to help you navigate the process in a smooth and timely manner. Our Friendship Heights probate lawyers can work with the executor or trustee or can even act as executor or trustee through probate and estate administration.
Avoid unnecessary delays and disputes with competent legal counsel. Call our Friendship Heights office or contact us online to learn more.
Administrative vs. Judicial Probate
There are two types of probate in Maryland: administrative and judicial. Administrative probate typically involves uncontested wills and is handled by the county register of wills. Judicial probate typically applies when wills are contested, by the county Orphan’s Courts.
The probate process generally goes as follows:
- A petition for probate is filed with the register of wills or Orphan’s Courts.
- A personal representative is appointed for the estate.
The personal representative:
- Pays the debts of the estate, including taxes;
- Distributes assets and property in accordance with the will; or
- Distributes assets of the estate in accordance with Maryland law (if there is no will); and
- Reports to the court with information on the distribution of assets and payment of debt.
A misstep in this process can have financial and legal ramifications. Protect your interests with a competent Friendship Heights probate attorney on your side.