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Baltimore, Maryland Probate Lawyer: Personal Representative’s Responsibility

Baltimore_AttorneyClients often ask: as the Personal Representative am I personally responsible for the bills that my loved one received just before passing?

Under Maryland law the Personal Representative (known in other states as Executor) of the estate is not personally liable for the decedent’s debt unless the debt was co-owned by the Personal Representative. If you are in the situation you should not remit payment on any debt from your personal account. That said, you may need to pay bills to safeguard estate assets such as the real property tax bill on the house owned by the decedent. In addition, creditors (the folks who issued the bills) have six months from the date of death to file a claim in the estate or they are barred from doing so, as they missed the statute of limitations.

For a free, confidential conversation to discuss this and other estate administration matters, including probate administration legal services, contact Maryland probate administration attorney Stephen J. Reichert at 410-299-4959, or by clicking here.

Mr. Reichert can administer probate on behalf of the estate or for a modest fee he can be of assistance to the Personal Representative, as assistance is needed. For example, he can be available to give the correct legal answer and review or prepare probate filings before they are submitted to the county.

Day, evening and weekend appointments are available in office or at your residence. Mr. Reichert personally serves clients throughout the entire state of Maryland.

Attorney Reichert looks forward to assisting you with your Maryland probate needs.