What is Maryland Probate Law?

Maryland Probate involves the court-supervised process that allows for the distribution of your assets upon death. While some of your assets may automatically be transferred to another party outside of the Maryland probate process, the remainder we need to be retitled and distributed to your heirs. The remaining assets may either be distributed according to the terms of the decedent’s will or to the intestate laws of the State the decedent was domiciled in when they passed. Furthermore, the process ensures that all of your legitimate debts, bills, taxes, and outstanding notes are paid.

What is the Probate Process?

When a will is filed for probate, the Maryland Probate Court appoints a Personal Representative, also known as an Executor, to oversee the estate. The Personal Representative is often designed in the decedent’s will. The main role of the Personal Representative is to carry out the terms of the will. The Personal Representative also handles other administrative tasks involved in the probate process. For example, the Personal Representative may execute legal documents on behalf of the probate estate, write checks from the probate estate, and oversee any remaining business affairs of the probate estate. The Maryland probate  process may take in excess of a year, and often may be very challenging for many families to navigate on their own. At Antonoplos & Associates we aim to give clients a general idea of the complexities of probate in the state of Maryland and to guide them through the process as quickly and smoothly as possible.

How Can Antonoplos & Associates Help?

At Antonoplos & Associates, we are dedicated to helping our clients understand these complex probate issues. We recognize that the passing of a loved one is a difficult time for the decedent’s family, and want to make the process as simple as possible. Although probate takes at least six months to complete because of statutory requirements, delays caused by an inexperienced lawyer may add years to the process. Only an experienced attorney can cut out costly delays and errors that could lead to unnecessarily prolonging the probate period.

At Antonoplos & Associates, clients deal directly with Peter D. Antonoplos. Mr.r Antonoplos is an experienced probate attorney whose practice focuses on estate planning and real estate matters. He possesses an extensive knowledge of the probate system’s complexities, and routinely lectures on these issues throughout the District. Peter Antonoplos is capable of handling many other matters for one client. Call Antonoplos and Associates, at 202-803-5676 to schedule an appointment today.

Peter D. Antonoplos, Esq. is the managing partner at Antonoplos & Associates, Attorneys at Law. Mr. Antonoplos’ practice focuses on estate planning and real estate matters. Mr. Antonoplos is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York, and Maryland. Mr. Antonoplos routinely lectures on real estate and probate law issues in Washington, DC and New York. Mr. Antonoplos lives in Northwest Washington, D.C.

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