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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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Maryland Probate, Duty to Protect Property

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As the Personal Representative (aka executor) of a Maryland estate, you are required to protect and maintain the assets of the estate. Among many other duties this includes protecting any real estate. According to a local insurance company water damage due to frozen pipes is the most frequent claim and damage done to property in […]

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Remove Yourself as Personal Representative, Maryland

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For various reasons the Personal Representative, who could also be an attorney, may wish to resign and be removed from the position. Each state has specific guidelines under the law and it is important that you look at the law for the state in which the estate is being administered. In Maryland the law requires […]

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Maryland Probate: Can Travel Expenses Be Reimbursed?

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If you are an individual serving as the Personal Representative of a Maryland estate, the short answer is: no. Expenses incurred by a Maryland Personal Representative in the course of the ordinary business of administration are part of the services for which the Personal Rep receives her commissions and are not allowable as separate expenses […]

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How to Close a Small Estate of Probate in Maryland

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Under Maryland law, Estates & Trusts, the approved Information Report, as submitted to the Register of Wills, typically closes the small estate. If there are any creditors who filed with the Register of Wills any unpaid valid claims could cause the small estate to remain open. The Register of Wills should provide a schedule of […]

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Maryland Estate Administration, Valuation of Stocks

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In Maryland the Information Report and Inventory for an administration probate is due within three months of opening the estate. These must be filed by the attorney and/or the Personal Representative along with proper valuation of all assets and supporting documents and appraisals. Each asset has a particular way of being valued under Maryland law […]

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Maryland Probate: Do I Need a Surety Bond?

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If you are an individual serving as the Personal Representative of a Maryland estate, the short answer is: yes, you will need to secure a surety bond on behalf of the estate. The bond will be filed and/or presented to the appropriate county Office of the Register of Wills, Estate Administration or Probate Division. If […]

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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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