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Eldersburg, Maryland Estate Planning: File a Will

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Maryland law allows Wills to be filed with the county in which you live. As an estate planning attorney who works in Carroll County, I have encountered clients 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 […]

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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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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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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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Maryland Estate Planning: Creating Estate Planning Documents such as Wills, Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney & Advance Directives

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Here are some good questions to ask an attorney when you are considering hiring that attorney to create an estate plan for you. These are questions that are sometimes asked of me and I have included my answers after each question. “How do you draft your estate planning documents?” I begin by learning what you […]

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Carroll County Maryland Circuit & Juvenile Courts CLOSED today: May 20, 2015

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Dear clients and colleagues, the Carroll County Circuit and Juvenile Courts are closed today, May 20, 2015, due to a power failure. For a free, confidential conversation contact Maryland attorney Stephen J. Reichert at 410-299-4959, sreichert@reichertlegal.com or by clicking here.

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Maryland Revocable Trust Attorney: Revocable Living Trust (aka “Revocable Trust” or “Living Trust”) and Probate

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Do assets in a Maryland Revocable Trust pass through probate? No. When your Revocable Trust (also known as a “Living Trust”) is created your lawyer should assist you in transferring your property into the Revocable Living Trust. Title to the property is transferred by the settlor (the person who created the Revocable Living Trust) to […]

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Maryland Estate Planning Attorney: How to Select a Trustee (audio blog)

Stephen J. Reichert Attorney at Law 410-299-4959 sreichert@reichertlegal.com www.reichertlegal.com

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Maryland Estate Planning: Selecting a Trustee

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Let’s start with the kinds of Trusts available to you. There are two general categories: • Testamentary Trusts, which are created under a Will • Non-Testamentary Trusts—Revocable (inter vivos) and Irrevocable Trusts—which are created outside of a Will The Testamentary Trust In the Testamentary Trust category, the Trustee you select begins to serve either during […]

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