Experienced Legal Guidance Through The Maryland Probate Process

Probate is the process of executing a person's will after their death. If the decedent names an executor (also commonly referred to as a personal representative) in his or her will, that person is tasked with collecting the decedent's assets, paying bills and taxes, and distributing the remaining assets to beneficiaries according to instructions left in the will.

If there is no will, the state may appoint a spouse, child or other relative to serve as the personal representative.

The probate process in Maryland is a way to freeze an estate's assets until:

  • The will is determined valid
  • All beneficiaries or persons of interest have been notified
  • All property in the estate has been identified
  • All creditors have been paid
  • All taxes due have been paid

Not All Estates Need To Go Through Probate

Probate in Maryland is a straightforward process, but if you have been named an executor, it is wise to enlist the assistance of an experienced probate lawyer who can help you navigate the process and protect your interests. Any mistakes or perceived mistakes during probate could result in someone contesting the will, suing for breach of fiduciary duties or taking other legal action.

Not all estates must pass through probate in Maryland. Some people use trusts and other estate planning tools to avoid the costs, delays and public nature of probate. This must be accomplished while the testator is still alive.

Bel Air probate attorney Dianne Moorehead Hughes assists executors and protects their interests while moving the probate process to a swift completion. She also creates comprehensive estate plans that can help people avoid probate if that is an objective.

A Trusted Partner In The Probate Process

Our firm works with a broad range of clients from widely varying backgrounds. Ms. Moorhead Hughes has extensive experience assisting clients with the administration of complex, high-asset estates.

As with other areas of law that the firm assists clients with, including debt relief and family law, we provide personalized care and strategies tailored to your unique needs. Call 410-838-1300, or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

Dianne Moorehead Hughes, Attorney at Law, is a debt relief agent. The law office helps clients file for bankruptcy through the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.