An estate in probate can often require an extraordinary level of detailed analysis. There can be complex issues that are overwhelming for our loved ones. We will handle everything for you. Whether your loved one had a Will or passed without having drafted a Will, our Maryland law attorneys help clients understand the probate process.
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How We Help Clients During Probate Estate Administration
Drafting and Filing the Petition of Probate
First, someone from the estate has to be appointed as the Personal Representative. In many cases, your loved one will have made that designation in the Last Will and Testament. If not, Maryland law gives priority to family members depending on their relationship.
We will help you draft and file that initial petition and other documents to get the proceedings underway to appoint you as Personal Representative.
Obtaining a Valuation of all Estate Property
Determining the value of property within the estate can be a challenge. Our lawyers will help you sort through the logistics and ensure accurate valuation on real property and personal property.
As part of planning for probate, we’ll also identify non-probate items like Living Trusts and certain types of bank accounts which may be exempt from the probate process.
Negotiate and Satisfy Estate Debts
If your loved one has outstanding debts upon death, The Law Office of Jane Sopher will work with you and the creditors to make sure the debts are valid. Our team will even work to negotiate a fair settlement whenever possible.
Effectuate the Distribution of Assets
Estate assets should only be distributed after the Court enters an Order. Administrative expenses, funeral costs, inheritance tax, and other debts must be satisfied before any distributions to heirs or legatees can occur. We will file all of the documents required to obtain the Court Order and help you distribute the assets properly.
Prepare Estate Tax Returns
If an estate tax return is needed, we will advise you on filing these returns on the estate’s behalf.
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