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Can a Personal Representative Designated in a Will Act Before the Principal’s Death?

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A Personal Representative has no power to do anything before death. Only a Power of Attorney or court appointed guardian can act during the principal’s lifetime. As such, it is important to meet with a lawyer and execute the proper Power of Attorney documents before such an individual is needed, rather than later when issues […]

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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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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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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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Waldorf, Maryland Estate Planning Attorney: File Your Will in Waldorf, Md. & Charles 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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Maryland Trust Attorney: Pot Trusts and Separate Trusts for Children

When creating an estate plan, parents with minor children need to give special consideration to the ways in which they can provide for their children. Testamentary Trust For many parents, creating a Testamentary Trust will achieve their objectives of ensuring their assets are passed along to their children in an efficient and responsible manner. Without […]

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Maryland Estate Planning: Important Documents Needed After Someone Dies

Upon the death of someone in Maryland either the Personal Representative (if there was a Will) or friends and family members will need to collect the important papers of the decedent. If a Will was created, and the individual followed sound advice, a list of these important documents could exist in a location that the […]

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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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