Probate Attorneys in Bowie
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.
To learn more about what our Bowie probate lawyers can do for you and your loved ones, call (301) 900-5940 or fill out our online contact form today. We offer complimentary consultations and weekend availability.
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:
- 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;
- Select a Personal Representative before disposing of any assets;
- Petition to have the Personal Representative appointed and receive Letters of Administration;
- Appraise estate assets; and
- 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
- 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)
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.
Over a Decade of Experience
Over the last 10 years, we have developed a relationship with the trustees and judges in the area, helping to get the top-quality representation you deserve.
We have streamlined our legal processes so preparation and processing are as efficient as possible and the result is what you are looking for.
Premier Client Care
From start to finish, our aim is to provide excellent service to our clients. You are never just another case.
Whether in-person, over the phone, or virtual, your first initial consultation with us is 100% complimentary.