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For How Long is a Maryland Will Valid?

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As a general rule, a will governs the distribution of assets only after the testator dies. Any changes to a will that are made during the testator’s lifetime will be valid. A will is not active until the owner of the assets passes. For example, if a testator wills her home to her son, but […]

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Does the Personal Representative of a Will Have to be a Maryland Resident?

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The Personal Representative does not need to be a Maryland resident. However, a Maryland resident must act as the agent of the Personal Representative. Typically this is a lawyer who is familiar with the laws and the Will. This individual has to be appointed at the beginning of the process. But anyone can be appointed […]

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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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Carney Maryland Estate Planning Attorney and Will Filing

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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 Carney, 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 ensures […]

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Owings Mills, 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 Owings Mills, 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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Who Can Obtain a Living Person’s Will in Maryland?

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In Maryland if the Will has been filed with the Register of Wills county office (or city office if in Baltimore) only the testator—the person who created the Will–or someone who has written permission signed by the testator can withdraw a Will from safekeeping. Proper identification is required by the clerks in the Register of […]

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I Found an Unsigned Maryland Will, What Now?

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A question was recently asked about what can be done if you find a Maryland will, of a family member, but the will is unsigned and it appears it may have been filed with the county. You should contact the clerk at the register of wills for the county in which the will was filed. […]

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Happy New Year! Update Your Estate Plan?

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If your Will is several years old or you have experienced any life-changing events since your Will was created, such as marriage, divorce, the birth or death of a child, a child who is no longer a minor, a child who has since gotten married, a change in residence, or the death of anyone named […]

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Formal Requirements for a Valid Will in Maryland

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Under Maryland law you must sign your will and two or more witnesses must sign the will in your presence. There are also formalities on informing the witnesses as to what you are signing though they are not required to read and understand the contents of the will. Each witness must be at least 18 […]

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Maryland Trust for Individual With Special Needs

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Parents of a child with special needs have unique concerns when planning for their child’s welfare after the parents have passed away. Important practical and legal decisions need to be made to determine how and in what manner the needs of the child will be met. Careful consideration—including benefit implications—needs to be given when considering […]

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