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How is Property Distributed in Maryland if There is No Will?

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After the assets are used to pay estate expenses, debt, and taxes, the rest can be distributed to the closest living heirs. This is done according to Maryland’s intestacy laws. In Maryland, typically a surviving spouse and children would be given priority. If there is no surviving spouse then children would receive the assets equally. […]

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Maryland Estates: If a Deceased Person Owes Me Money, What Can I Do?

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In order to get the money you deserve the first step is to file a claim against decedent’s Estate with the Office of the Register of Wills. The claim can only be submitted up to 6 months after the person is deceased. This action will place a lien on the estate’s assets so that the […]

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How Do I Obtain Letters of Administration in Maryland?

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It’s possible you’ve asked this question because someone has passed away and the insurance company will not work with you until you have the letters of administration. Or a bank. Or a creditor. Or a landlord. Or a spouse. There are any number of people and institutions that will not communicate critical information to you […]

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Can I Obtain A Copy of Someone’s Will?

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In Maryland people are allowed to file their Wills for safekeeping with the Register of Wills in the county where they reside. While living, a person’s Will is not part of the public record and thus no one can have access to the Will. After the person has died, the Will becomes part of the […]

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Maryland Probate: Cremation and Notification

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I was recently asked a question that has been asked a few times: can a person authorize cremation in Maryland without notifying next of kin? In other words: can you make an order to be cremated without disclosing this information to others? The short answer: yes. You can indicate in your Will your desire to […]

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Chillum, Maryland Estate Planning: File a Will

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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 final step in the Will creation process as it ensures […]

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