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Probate is the legal process where the court oversees the distribution of a decedent’s estate (i.e. the assets and liabilities of the person who died). Without adequate support, navigating probate after a loved one’s passing can delay your grieving process, trigger conflict among family members and other beneficiaries, and complicate the implementation of your loved one’s final wishes.

At Adams Law Office, LLC, however, we have what it takes to make this process as stress-free as possible. We have over two decades of legal experience, as well as a personal commitment to serving clients during some of the most challenging events of their lives.

Learn more about what our Bowie probate lawyers can do for you and your loved ones.
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The Probate Process

To help explain the probate process, we have provided the following outline of information related to probate in Maryland and Washington DC. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to get into contact with our firm.

The basic steps of probate include the following:

  1. File the last will (including Codicils, if any) of the decedent (deceased person) with the Register of Wills in the county where the decedent was domiciled at the time of death;
  2. Select a Personal Representative before disposing of any assets;
  3. Petition to have the Personal Representative appointed and receive Letters of Administration;
  4. Appraise estate assets; and
  5. File the appropriate documents.

In Maryland, you will need the following documents:

  • Petition for Probate and Schedule A or B
  • List of Interested Persons (those named in the will and those who would inherit if there were no will)
  • Consent to Appointment of Personal Representative (if someone other than the person named in the will or otherwise entitled to appointment is applying)
  • Appointment of Resident Agent (if petitioner is not a Maryland resident)
  • Proof of Execution of Will (if the will lacks an attestation clause)
  • Inventory and Information Report
  • Notice of Appointment
  • Bond
  • Paid funeral bill
  • Copy of death certificate (obtained from Division of Vital Records)
  • First Account (due within 9 months from appointment of Personal Representative; subsequent accounts must be filed as required until the estate is closed)

Our probate lawyers in Bowie can make the process less stressful! Contact us online or call (301) 900-5940 for a free consultation.

Does Having a Will Avoid Probate?

Having a will does not avoid probate. The will actually goes through probate. This means that that it will be filed with the court, an Executor will be appointed to gather your assets and take care of outstanding debts or taxes.

Probate may turn out to be a costly delay -- it may take months or years to resolve, depending on your situation. If you wish to avoid probate, you might consider having:

  • Joint ownership of property
  • Beneficiary designations for your life insurance and retirement
  • Pay-on-Death and Transfer-on-Death Accounts
  • Revocable Living Trust
  • Pass ownership of your assets before your death so it will not be part of your estate

Values of Estates

An estate is considered small if all assets are valued at $50,000 or less (or $100,000 if the spouse is the sole legatee). The estate is considered regular if all assets are valued in excess of these thresholds.

An estate is considered small if all assets are valued at $40,000 or less. It is a regular estate if the assets exceed this threshold.

What Assets Go Through Probate?

In Maryland, the assets that go through probate are ones that solely belong to the decedent or are titled only in the decedent's name.

Assets that skip probate are:

  • Shared property that is titled in the names of two or more people.
  • Property owned by the decedent and their spouse.
  • Insurance proceeds from insurance policies, unless the policy names the state as beneficiary.
  • Pension benefits, unless the will designates the estate or trust as the beneficiary or no designation was made.
  • Assets in a revocable or irrevocable trust will pass to the named beneficiaries unless the trust terminates and provides that the assets should be distributed to the state.

Let our probate attorneys in Bowieanswer your questions and address your concerns. Contact us online or call (301) 900-5940 today.

Contact Us Today

For over the last decade, we have helped clients in Bowie, Anne Arundel, and Prince George's counties with their estate plans and probate matters. With years of collective experience on your side, you can be assured that your case will be in good hands. Do not hesitate to reach out to us today and schedule a free initial case evaluation with one of our helpful Bowel probate lawyers.

Call (301) 900-5940 to speak with a probate attorney in Bowie.

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