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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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How Much Does a Maryland Will Cost?

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Lawyers often charge on an hourly basis at rates that vary depending on the region of the country and experience of the attorney. Also, the thinking is that the estate planning needs of each person will be different therefore, the cost of a Will is affected by the amount of time it takes to review […]

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Maryland Trust for Individual With Special Needs

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Parents of a child with special needs have unique concerns when planning for their child’s welfare after the parents have passed away. Important practical and legal decisions need to be made to determine how and in what manner the needs of the child will be met. Careful consideration—including benefit implications—needs to be given when considering […]

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When are Maryland Will Contents Reveled?

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The contents of the Will may be revealed to family members and interested parties after the person has died. This disclosure is done by the Personal Representative for the estate. The Personal Representative, or an attorney on their behalf, have a duty to properly notify all those who could receive distributions from the estate. The […]

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Maryland Wills & Estate Planning: Disposing of Property Restrictions

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Are there any restrictions in the state of Maryland on the manner in which a will may dispose of property and can a wife or child be disinherited? A surviving spouse has certain rights that could alter the way in which you intended to dispose of your assets. Maryland laws prevent a spouse from being […]

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Maryland Estate Planning Lawyer: Does a Maryland Will Dispose of All Assets?

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No. A Will addresses only asserts that will pass through Maryland probate. These include assets that belong to you only and are not shared with another person. If property is owned jointly with another individual than that property may not be considered probate property. For example, if your house is titled as “joint owners with […]

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Maryland Estate Planning Attorney: Animal-Pet Trusts Allowed Under Maryland Law

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When creating an estate plan, some clients wish to create trusts for their pets. Maryland law allows for the creation of animal trusts. Here are some highlights from Maryland Animal Trust law: • A trust may be created to provide for the care of an animal alive during the lifetime of the creator of the […]

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Maryland Wills Lawyer: Adopted Children’s Right to Inherit in Maryland

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Do adopted children have the same rights to inherit in Maryland as biological children? The Maryland Code provides that for Wills created after June 1, 1947, “child,” “descendant,” “heir,” “issue” or any equivalent term in a Will includes adopted children unless there is specific language in the Will to the contrary. For a free, confidential […]

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Does a Maryland Will Have to be Notarized?

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No. Maryland Code, Estates and Trusts, does not require the notarization of a Will created in Maryland. An Advance Directive (aka, Health Care Directive, Advance Health Care Directive, Maryland Advance Directive) and Living Will (aka, Maryland Living Will) also does not require a notary seal in Maryland. As created by the 2010 Maryland General and […]

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Annapolis, Maryland Estate Planning: Where to File a Will in Annapolis, Md. & Anne Arundel County

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You Live in Maryland and Have a Will? Good news. Maryland, unlike many states, allows Wills to be filed with the county in which you live. As an estate planning attorney, I have encountered clients in Maryland who have failed (or their attorney failed) to file their Will with the county. This is a critical […]

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