Probate of Estates in Maryland
Montgomery County Maryland probate lawyers
Bethesda probate attorney Dan Willard can help you with the probate of wills in Maryland, including probate administration and related probate litigation. He can assist personal representatives, also known as executors, beneficiaries, and others in Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Frederick County, Howard County and, where appropriate, throughout Maryland.
Probate in Maryland is a court process, commencing in the Register of Wills, where the final will of a deceased person (decedent) is offered for proof of valid, a personal representative is appointed and the decedent's estate is distributed as the court decides is authorized under the will
If the decedent dies without a will or trust, or assets of the decedent were not included in the will or trust, the estate must be distributed to certain of the decedent's in accordance with Maryland's law of intestate succession.
A probate attorney can help the personal representative or other beneficiary file the will with the Register of Wills and begin the process of obtaining Letters of Administration. Generally, relatives, creditors, beneficiaries and certain others are to be provided notice of the estate and a time to file a claim against the estate.
Beyond will contests, a personal representative generally is legally obligated to make multiple reports to the Court , including one or more inventories of assets, management of those assets and filing accountings, some of which need to be approved by the court.
Common probate disputes, which may require a probate lawyer, include the following:
- Will contests including for fraud, undue influence or incapacity
- Property and accounting disputes
- Personal representative misconduct
With more than 25 years of legal experience, attorney at the Dan Willard, Esq., can advise you about your probate issues.
Common Maryland Probate issues:
We apply our knowledge about Maryland probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. We assist personal representatives executors in all steps of the process, including:
- Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
- Filing the will with the Register of Wills in Maryland
- Closing and opening bank accounts
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
- Valuating the estate
- Managing and liquidating assets, as appropriate
- Paying taxes and other debts
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring professionals and experts, when necessary
When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we help to successfully represent your interests. We have the knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. Also, we can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships, or we can fastidiously pursue your rights in court, when necessary.
By Dan Willard
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The Law Office of Daniel S. Willard, P.C. serves clients in Bethesda and throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. To schedule an appointment, call us at 240-483-0725 or contact us online today.