It is difficult to deal with our grief when a loved one dies. Our emotional struggles may be compounded by financial and legal stress if we are responsible for overseeing their estate. Probate law in Maryland can be difficult to understand for laypeople and lawyers alike. A probate attorney from the Law Office of Blackford & Flohr in Severna Park, Maryland can help you if you have been named an executor of someone’s estate.
At Blackford & Flohr, based in Annapolis, Maryland, we aid our clients in completing the probate process efficiently. We can help you deal with contentious situations through litigation, and offer advice for the quick and fair disposition of the estate. Similarly, if your loved one was taken advantage of during their lives or if there is any irregularity in the Last Will And Testament or any other financial chicanery, our experienced estate lawyers have handled sophisticated estate and probate litigation throughout Maryland.
Do Estates with Wills Require Probate in Maryland?
Even if an estate possesses a valid will, it must still undergo the probate process in Maryland. The state’s probate law, along with regulations governing estate administration, delineate the specific steps involved in probating a will:
- Submission of the will to a probate court.
- Official appointment of an executor by the probate court.
- The executor’s collection of estate assets.
- Notification of heirs and creditors.
- Settlement of the estate’s debts.
- Filing of an estate accounting report with the court.
- Distribution of the estate’s funds and assets in accordance with the will’s provisions.
Depending on the unique circumstances of your case, you may encounter challenges such as disputes from dissatisfied heirs or creditors, the necessity to sell real estate, or the resolution of pending legal claims against the estate. Our firm, home to the finest Maryland probate lawyers, can meticulously evaluate your situation and offer tailored guidance to address any probate-related legal challenges you may confront.
We Can Make The Probate Process Easier
Even if you are an executor of a fairly simple estate, having an experienced estate planning lawyer by your side can make the entire process less overwhelming. Our firm’s attorneys have worked with estates of all sizes and levels of complexity. We do the difficult work for you, leaving you to focus on ensuring your loved one’s wishes are carried out as they had intended.