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Distributions From a Maryland Probate Small Estate, Maryland Estate Planning Lawyer Attorney Baltimore Maryland Wills TrustsUnder 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 must be made by the Personal Representative subject to the Maryland statutory order or priorities along with resolving any disputed claims as made by parties or the court. This is also the time when the Personal Representative should pay any expenses that have not been previously paid, including reimbursements for expenses others have paid on behalf of the estate. It is critical that all of this be well documented including the distribution so that there is a clear paper trail of distribution of assets and acknowledgment of receipt of assets by those who receive them.

Each Maryland county’s Register of Wills office is different in how they proceed with small estate. Several of them will not provide a schedule to the Personal Representative and some will automatically “close” the account after six months though this does not mean the Personal Representative cannot and should not make distributions. With some Maryland counties the responsibility to keep track of the small estate and deadlines is placed more on the Personal Representative.

For a free, confidential conversation to discuss this and other estate administration matters, including probate administration legal services, contact Maryland probate administration lawyer 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.