Estate Administration & Probate in Maryland
At Hammond and Associates, we want to help you through the legal complexities surrounding the death of a loved one. Our team can assist you after a loved one has passed away. We can help executors or administrators of an estate in the probate or estate administration process after a family member’s death. Estate administration is the process by which ownership of assets passes from the person who passed away to that person’s beneficiaries.
You can think of estate administration as the process by which the decisions set out in a person’s will are carried out. If a person does not have a will, then the process is essentially the same, except that the decisions which will be carried out are the ones that Maryland has made for people who pass away without wills. In such a case, property will be transferred in accordance with Maryland law rather than in accordance with the deceased person’s wishes as expressed in a Last Will and Testament.
The Estate Administration Process
When a loved one passes away, although it can be a painful and emotional time, it is important to remember that there are going to be some legal issues to resolve, even though it may be inconvenient. Regardless of whether your loved one died with a will, trust, or without a will or estate plan of any kind, the steps in the estate administration process may include the following:
- Opening an Estate
- Filing the Will
- Filing an Inventory showing the estate’s assets and debts
- Gathering and protecting the estate’s assets
- Selling some of the assets such as real estate
- Allowing or disallowing claims
- Filing an account
- Distributing the estate’s assets in accordance with: (a) the person’s Will; or (b) Maryland law if there is no Will
This process can go smoothly, but it doesn’t always. Sometimes there are contentious disagreements about claims, the value of certain property or the rights of beneficiaries—which is why many Maryland residents rely of Hammond and Associates for assistance. Contact us today!
Hammond and Associates Can Assist with Probate & Estate Administration Throughout Maryland
Hammond and Associates can work with the Personal Representative to assist him or her in carrying out the various duties including preparing documents for filing with the Register of Wills and negotiating disagreements when they occur. Our attorneys have assisted with estate administration throughout Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County, Prince George’s County, and the surrounding areas.
Our principal office is located in Bethesda, but for the convenience of our clients, we can arrange for conference rooms for client meetings elsewhere. If you live outside of the Bethesda area and would like to meet with Hammond and Associates, we can set up a meeting in the following locations: Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Fulton, Bowie, Columbia, Frederick, National Harbor, Annapolis, Pikesville, Owings Mills, Towson, and Hunt Valley.
Contact us online or call us at 301-861-4555 and we can discuss how our elder law attorneys can provide assistance with probate and the estate administration process after the death of a loved one in Maryland.