Probate Tips for Getting through the Process Faster and with Less Hassle in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

Probate lawyers in Maryland are well aware of the hassles and headaches that families face when a loved one’s estate goes into probate.  The process can drag out, eating up not just time but also resources that would have otherwise gone to beneficiaries.  Appointed executors find themselves with burdensome responsibilities that can compound their grief.  To navigate the process as quickly and smoothly as possible, estate administration lawyers recommend you keep the following in mind:

Tip #1:  Hire an Experienced Probate Attorney

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Frequently Asked Questions about Probate in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

Probate lawyers in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties understand that while we’re well-versed in the topic, it is a whole new world to most of our clients.  That means that you likely have lots of questions that you need answered.  Fortunately, answering those questions is exactly what we do! Do the Probate Courts Have to … Read more

A Montgomery County Probate Lawyer Provides a Quick Overview of the Probate Process

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In some circles, “probate” almost feels like a dirty word.  There are plenty of reasons that a person may prefer to skip the probate process, when possible, but it is a fact of wills and trust administration.  The details of probate can vary somewhat from place to place.  For example, probate in California will likely be different from probate in Maryland.  There are such differences, in fact, that separate proceedings are necessary for an individual with estates in both states.  This means that involving a probate lawyer from Bethesda is usually the best choice for those who are local.

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Maryland Estate Planning that Incorporates Your Pets

Many clients who seek out estate planning in Bethesda and Upper Marlboro have concerns when it comes to caring for their pets.  After all, our pets rely on us for everything, although we all know that we gain so much in return.  When engaging in estate planning with an attorney, you likely want to ensure that your steadfast companion is well cared for after your passing.

One approach is to actually set up a Pet Trust.  This type of trust is created here in Maryland specifically to take care of your special companion animal or animals when you are no longer able to do so.  When setting up a pet trust, your attorney will ask you to make a few considerations:

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Is Your Property Titled to Avoid Probate?

I frequently get questions from my clients about how to avoid probate by retitling property.  If your desire is to avoid probate, a properly funded revocable trust can do that.  However, certain types of property ownership can also avoid probate.  There are three categories of property ownership – property titled in your name, in joint names with others, or by contract.  Below is a summary of each type of property ownership and whether or not you can use it to avoid probate.

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What does probate cost?

Probate costs vary from state to state and may include the following fees/costs:  fees to appraise the value of your property; fees for your Personal Representative; estate administration costs, which can be high; court costs; insurance costs for a Surety Bond; and legal and accounting fees.  Total probate costs can range from 3% – 7% (or … Read more

What is probate?

What is probate? Probate is the process by which legal title to property is transferred from the deceased person’s estate to his/her beneficiaries.  The probate process involves the following: proving that the deceased person’s Will is valid; hearing any objections to the Will; identifying and listing the deceased person’s property; appraising the property; paying any … Read more