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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bethesda, Maryland Estate Planning Attorney: File Your Will in Bethesda, 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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Maryland Estate Planning: What does “My descendants who survive me per stirpes” mean?

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When having a Will or Trust drafted, if you agree to include this language your assets will be distributed equally to your lineal descendants who are blood relatives or legally adopted. Your children will be the first to receive your assets. If any of your children die before you, the percentage of assets due to […]

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Maryland Wills Lawyer: Adopted Children’s Right to Inherit in Maryland

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Do adopted children have the same rights to inherit in Maryland as biological children? The Maryland Code provides that for Wills created after June 1, 1947, “child,” “descendant,” “heir,” “issue” or any equivalent term in a Will includes adopted children unless there is specific language in the Will to the contrary. For a free, confidential […]

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Does a Maryland Will Have to be Notarized?

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No. Maryland Code, Estates and Trusts, does not require the notarization of a Will created in Maryland. An Advance Directive (aka, Health Care Directive, Advance Health Care Directive, Maryland Advance Directive) and Living Will (aka, Maryland Living Will) also does not require a notary seal in Maryland. As created by the 2010 Maryland General and […]

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