The Guide to Probate in Maryland for the Probate and Estate, Will and Trust Lawyer Resource Center for Washington DC and Suburban Maryland
IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND
Probate is the Court process needed to transfer title in any property owned by the decedent to those entitled to get it.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Maryland Code the Personal Representative of an estate is required to do a number of things regarding the estate for which he or she is responsible. For those that need legal assistance in fulfilling these strict requirements, the Law Offices of George Teitelbaum, licensed in the District of Columbia and Maryland, can help. To go to his main web site, which has lots of additional helpful information about probate and estates.
The first thing that must be done is the filing of the will with the Register of Wills in the County where the decedent was domiciled, even if it is not to be offered for probate. To find the correct Register of Wills for the county in which the decedent lived, go to the web site for the Maryland Register of Wills.
After appointment, the Personal Representative then:
(1) determines the kind, amount, and location of all assets of the decedent and where feasible bring them into the Personal Representative's possession in a proper estate bank account, set up for that purpose;
(2) determine the whereabouts of all of the decedent's heirs and legatees, and make reasonable efforts to identify creditors of the decedent;
(3) give a bond to protect the interests of all interested persons and creditors unless excused by the testator in a will or excused by the interested persons;
(4) publish a notice in the newspapers advising persons who have claims against the decedent to file claims with the Court, and after the expiration of this publication period, (6 months), pay the valid claims in accordance with the law;
(5) within three months after appointment, prepare and deliver or mail to each interested person a detailed Inventory, an Appraisal of all estate assets, and an Information Report
(6) prepare and file decedent's final federal and state income tax returns; estate income tax returns, and inheritance and estate tax returns, both federal and state, where such returns are required by law.
(7) prepare interim and/or a final account(s) and send to all interested persons, for all receipts, disbursements and distributions of estate assets at reasonable intervals, or on reasonable demand.
(8) Prepare all necessary petitions to the Court, so that all appropriate fees can be paid.
(9) respond to any and all questions and demands by creditors and all other interested parties, including all heirs and legatees, whether mentioned in the will or not.
(10) make full distribution of all estate assets, and close the estate by filing a Certificate of Compliance at any time after expiration of the time for filing creditors claims against the estate.
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