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Maryland Estate Planning: Is a Living Trust a Good Idea?

A living trust is a written legal document that places assets in a trust which can still be used by the principle. Once the principle dies, the trust can be transferred to the designated beneficiaries. There are many benefits to creating a living trust. One reason to create a living trust is to avoid probate. […]

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Montgomery Village, Maryland Estate Planning & Will Filing

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As an estate planning lawyer, I encounter clients in Maryland who 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 safe keeping and quick access to your Will by the court that will handle probate for your estate. […]

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Olney Maryland Estate Planning & Will Filing

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As an estate planning lawyer, I encounter clients in Maryland who 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 safe keeping and quick access to your Will by the court that will handle probate for your estate. […]

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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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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 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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Baltimore, Maryland Estate Planning Attorney: Can a Will be Changed or Modified Years After it Was Created?

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You can change your will at any time by signing an amendment known as a “codicil” or by having a new will prepared. Either a codicil or a new will must be executed with the same formal requirements under Maryland law as the original will. You should not attempt to change your existing will by […]

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Baltimore, Maryland Estate Planning Attorney: How is a Will Affected by Marriage or Divorce?

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Under Maryland law a will is not affected simply by a subsequent marriage. But if a child born following that marriage survives the parent, they the will is revoked. A divorce automatically revokes the provisions of the will that pertain to your former spouse, but does not affect other provisions of the will. Thus the […]

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Maryland Estate Planning Attorney: Is a Will Executed in Another State Valid in Maryland?

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This is a question asked by numerous clients and the brief answer is that a Will that is valid in the state where it was created should be valid in the state of Maryland. That said, the definition of terms used in the Will could be different in the state where it was created and […]

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Gaithersburg, Maryland Estate Planning Lawyer: File Your Will in Gaithersburg, Md. & Montgomery County

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Maryland 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 safe keeping and […]

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