You Don’t Have To Face Probate Alone
You have enough to worry about when a loved one dies without trying to deal with the legal side of things on your own. Let the attorneys at the Law Offices of Dawn S. Veltman, LLC, help you get through this. Maryland’s probate process is by no means easy to navigate on your own, and there is no reason for you to go through it alone. The estate assets will cover administration costs, including your legal fees, to help ensure you complete the process correctly.
Fulfilling Your Duties As Personal Representative
If the person who died, known as the decedent, or the other heirs nominated you to act as the personal representative of the estate, you probably have a lot of questions regarding your duties. We can answer them for you. You do have legal obligations and strict rules you must follow, but we will be there to guide you.
Maryland allows for two types of estate administration – a regular estate and a small estate. A regular estate consists of combined assets totaling over $30,000. If the decedent passed with less than that amount, you may file for the simplified small estate process. In a regular estate, your duties will require that you:
- File your petition and the decedent’s will, death certificate and other documents with the court.
- Receive your Letters of Administration giving you authority to act for the estate.
- Notify the heirs and other interested parties that you opened the estate.
- Inventory the assets and liquidate if necessary. If the decedent owned real estate, you must either transfer or sell the property, as appropriate.
- Provide an information report regarding assets held by the decedent that fall outside of the probate process.
- Pay any legitimate claims on the estate and deny all other claims.
- File an accounting of all actions taken including payments, taxes, administrative fees, disbursements and distributions.
When we represent you, we will help you prepare and file every required document with the court and make sure you fulfill your duties according to the law.
Are You An Heir Or Beneficiary?
We also represent people who are family members, heirs or beneficiaries of the decedent. Sometimes these people want a legal representative through the process to help them understand what is happening and ensure they receive the right amount. In other situations, people have concerns about the will, the personal representative or even an attorney-in-fact, who holds the power of attorney of a loved one still living. Disputes can arise regarding whether the person in charge is fulfilling their legal duties or regarding an interpretation of the will. At times like these, you want a skilled litigator to defend your rights. Our lawyers have years of trial experience and will pursue your interests with skill and determination.