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What Is Ancillary Probate in Maryland?

When someone passes away in Maryland, their estate typically goes through probate, but if the deceased person owned real estate or other assets in another state, ancillary probate may be required to transfer ownership of those assets to their heirs or legatees.   The primary probate process occurs in the state where the deceased person […]

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First-Time Home Buyer Transfer Tax in Howard County for Public Servants

In Howard County, Maryland, the local government recognizes the invaluable contributions of law enforcement officers; fire and rescue services members; and certificated professional teachers to the community. In appreciation of their dedicated service, the county has implemented favorable transfer tax provisions, offering exemptions and rate reductions for eligible individuals.   To qualify for the transfer […]

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The Hierarchy of Payments From an Estate in Maryland

During the process of administering an estate, you might discover that the assets in the estate are not sufficient to pay all claims made against the estate. If you find yourself in this situation as a Personal Representative, Maryland law specifies a hierarchy of payments. The hierarchy is as follows:   1. Fees due to […]

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Inheritance Rights for Domestic Partners Expanded Under New Maryland Law

One of the significant changes introduced by Maryland Senate Bill 792 relates to the treatment of estate taxes for individuals in domestic partnerships. In the past, if a partner did not possess a will at the time of their death, their property would be subject to Maryland’s intestate laws. This new legislation, however, aims to […]

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Determining the Value of an Estate in Maryland

Understanding how an estate is valued is a crucial step in the probate process. In the state of Maryland, the valuation of an estate involves several considerations, and navigating these complexities is important for both the Personal Representative and the beneficiaries.   Appraisal of Assets   One of the primary steps in estate valuation is […]

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What Happens with Your Debt When You Die in Maryland?

The passing of a loved one is a challenging and emotional time, and dealing with their financial affairs can be equally daunting. It’s important to understand the legal and financial processes that can happen when a person passes away and leaves behind debt.   Estate Administration Process   In Maryland, when a person passes away, […]

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Why Quitclaim Deeds Are a Risky Choice for Real Estate in Maryland

Real estate transactions involve a myriad of complex legal and financial considerations, and the choice of the right type of deed is crucial. One deed that is often used in Maryland but can be fraught with risks is the quitclaim deed. In this blog post, we’ll discuss why quitclaim deeds are often a bad idea […]

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Ways to Avoid Disputes Over Family Heirlooms

Family heirlooms can create problems among family members after a loved one has passed away. Even if the deceased had a will or trust in place, these documents may not address specific items, leaving family members the task of dividing up heirlooms fairly. This post explores ways to avoid disputes over family heirlooms.   If […]

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Best Ways to Preemptively Avoid a Will Contest

While anyone can contest your will after you have passed away, there are several things you can do to prevent them from succeeding.   The first and best way to avoid a will contest is to establish a trust. This is the most common way to avoid probate and to make contesting a will difficult. […]

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New Tax Credit for Seniors in Prince George’s County

Prince George’s County recently passed a new Elderly Tax Credit designed to reduce the financial burden on Prince George’s elderly population. The tax credit can save senior citizens up to 20% on taxes. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:   1. One homeowner must be 65 years of age or older;   […]

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