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Obtain a Maryland Death Certificate for Probate

www.reichertlegal.comTo administer an estate in Maryland the first step is to open the estate. This requires filing a Petition, with all supporting documents, bonds, fees, waivers, etc., with the appropriate Register of Wills. One of the many requirements in this filing is to include an original copy of the Maryland death certificate. The Register of Wills will not open the estate without this document.

With my clients I often look first to the funeral home or cremation service for assistance. They will often order and deliver the death certificate for no additional cost beyond the fee the state charges (typically $24 for the first copy and $12 for each additional). Going through the funeral home or cremation service can save time and money for the estate. It is wise to look at the number of instances in which you will need the death certificate so that you order the correct amount and thus do not waste more time and money placing a second order later. Depending on the assets and the way in which they are currently held, you could need anywhere from 5 to 20 or more death certificates as many institutions will require the original and will not return copies to the estate.

If I cannot obtain copies of the death certificate through the funeral home or cremation services, I will make a request through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene office: link to website.

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. If you are out-of-state he can also serve as the Maryland Resident Agent for the estate and handle local matters on your behalf. 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.

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