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Maryland Estate Planning: How Do I Obtain Power of Attorney?

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In order to obtain power of attorney you must have the Principle decide the amount of power they wish to give. There are different types of power that falls into broad categories of Financial and Healthcare. For each of these powers to be granted, separate documents must be created. The General and Limited Power of […]

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Maryland Estate Planning: Where Should I Keep My Will?

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A Will is an important legal document that should be kept in a safe and secure location. There are many great options such as a safe deposit box, a personal safe in the house or even by your attorney. The Will needs to be in a place that is safe from theft and damage from […]

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Can a Personal Representative Designated in a Will Act Before the Principal’s Death?

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A Personal Representative has no power to do anything before death. Only a Power of Attorney or court appointed guardian can act during the principal’s lifetime. As such, it is important to meet with a lawyer and execute the proper Power of Attorney documents before such an individual is needed, rather than later when issues […]

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Maryland Estate Planning for Pets: Pet Trusts

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I occasionally have clients inquire about making estate planning provisions for their pets. Under Maryland law this can be accomplished with the right estate plan. You can make provisions for your pet within your Maryland Last Will and Testament. Another approach is to create a Maryland Pet Trust. This type of trust is created specifically […]

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Happy New Year! Update Your Estate Plan?

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If your Will is several years old or you have experienced any life-changing events since your Will was created, such as marriage, divorce, the birth or death of a child, a child who is no longer a minor, a child who has since gotten married, a change in residence, or the death of anyone named […]

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What Death Taxes are Payable in Maryland?

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Both the federal and state governments impose taxes upon the property/estate of a decedent. A federal estate tax with graduated rates is imposed on all property interests that the decedent owned at the time of death. The federal estate tax applies to probate assets and also to non-probate assets. For example, joint property and insurance […]

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How to Revoke a Maryland Will

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Before deciding to revoke a Will you should discuss the pros and cons with an experienced estate planning attorney. There are many good reasons to revoke a Will but this should almost always include replacing the Will with a new updated Will. Creating a new Will is an excellent way to revoke a prior Will. […]

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Are Maryland Wills Public Records?

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Wills of living persons in Maryland can be filed with the Register of Wills for the county in which the person lives. The wills are held for safekeeping by the Register of Wills but they are not part of the public records. In the State of Maryland you may not review the Will of a […]

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Validity of a Handwritten Will in Maryland

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Under Maryland law a handwritten will, which is also known as a holographic will, is considered legally valid. There is no requirement in Maryland law that a will be typed. That said, the will must still conform with all the other requirements for estate documents as provided for under Maryland law and having a handwritten […]

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Making Anatomical Gifts With a Maryland Will

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A will may include specific directions for your funeral or cremation and the disposition of your body. Because your will may not be reviewed immediately after death such directions should be communicated to family members, and contained in other documents, so they are aware of your wishes at the time of your passing. If you […]

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