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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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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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Maryland Probate: Creditor Filing Deadline

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How long do creditors have to file a claim against an estate in Maryland? Maryland Estates & Trusts law provides that creditors, except for those otherwise exempt by statute, have six (6) months from the date the decedent died to file claims. All claims against a Maryland estate of a decedent, whether due now or […]

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MD Estate Administration, Obtaining Will Copies

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Once a will or any other document has been filed with a Maryland estate, copies of those documents can be requested. Each county is different in how they manage the process but all will provide the documents upon request while charging a fee for the document and the number of pages requested. The request should […]

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Distributions From a Maryland Probate Small Estate

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Under Maryland law the Personal Representative (known in other states as Executor) of the Maryland small estate can begin to make distribution of assets after the time for filing claims has expired. With most Maryland small estates this time period will expire six months after the Personal Representative has been issued Letters of Administration. Distributions […]

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MD Estate Admin: Employer Identification Number (EIN)

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Once the court or register of wills for the county or city has issued Maryland Letters of Administration for the Personal Representative, or attorney, for the estate, the PR should obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number or EIN. The IRS does not charge a fee and the EIN can be obtained on-line in some instances […]

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Baltimore, Maryland Probate Lawyer: Personal Representative’s Responsibility

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Clients 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 […]

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Baltimore, Maryland Estate Administration: How to Remove a Personal Representative

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Under Maryland Law a Personal Representative can be removed from service. Maryland law sets the standard for removal. To remove a PR you should retain a Baltimore probate attorney so that the facts can be evaluated against the law, and if necessary a hearing can be held. There have also been instances where having an […]

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