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Probate process: what you need to know

What is the Probate Process?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Probate is the legal process for authenticating a deceased person’s last will and testament, reviewing their assets, paying their outstanding debts and taxes, and distributing what remains to their heirs. After an asset-holder dies, the court will appoint the person nominated as personal representative under a valid will to administer the estate of the… Read More »

who does a probate attorney actually represent - the personal representative or the heirs?

Does the Probate Attorney Represent the Personal Representative or the Estate Heirs?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Whether you are the Personal Representative or an heir of the probate estate, knowing the role of a probate attorney is one of the first steps you should take at the beginning of the probate process. One of the biggest sources of conflict in probating the estate is understanding who the probate attorney hired… Read More »

How to keep nosy neighbor Nellie from snooping on your probate case!

Yes, Nosy Neighbor Nellie Can Find Out About Your Probate Case!

By Andre O. McDonald |

Most people think of probate (the process of collecting, managing, and distributing a deceased person’s money and property) as a private process. However, because wills are filed at the courthouse (in Maryland, Wills are filed with the Register of Wills and In the District of Columbia, Wills are filed with the Probate Division for… Read More »

Ancillary Probate: What it is, when it's used, and how to avoid it

Ancillary Probate: When Is It Used, Where It Occurs, and How to Avoid It

By Andre O. McDonald |

Many people own property in more than one state—perhaps a vacation home in Florida, a rental property in a former home state, or even a car titled in another state. It is important to think about how that property will be handled as you create an estate plan. It may be necessary for there… Read More »

Understanding the risks of co-ownership of property

The Risks of Co-ownership of Property

By Andre O. McDonald |

Many individuals believe that co-owing property with relatives is a cheaper alternative to drafting a will or trust. While this may be true, this strategy has some inherent risks. While owning property with family may let you pass on the asset without going through probate, there are several risks – including taxes, creditor exposure,… Read More »

Trusts and probate in Maryland: what you need to know

My Trust is Signed, No Probate for My Family Right?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Planning ahead has obvious benefits. Whether you’re planning a vacation or researching for a job interview, it’s always smart to outline your priorities and anticipate potential challenges that may arise. Planning your estate has similar benefits. With plans clearly established, your wealth and assets are protected should you pass away or become incapacitated. It’s… Read More »

What's the difference between dying intestate vs. with a will or trust?

Wills, Trusts & Dying Intestate: What’s the Difference?

By Andre O. McDonald |

“Estate planning is for the rich! I don’t have enough assets to do an estate plan!” Sounds familiar? These are some of the excuses folks make in order to justify not creating an estate plan. While most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is a good thing, many of us… Read More »

Here's why you must include your vacation property in your estate plan

Does My Estate Plan Need to Include My Vacation Property?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Yes! If you own a vacation property, timeshare, investment property, or any other asset outside of the state where you are domiciled, you must make sure it’s included in your estate plan. If you fail to include these in your estate plan, or fail to have an estate plan at all, your heirs will… Read More »

Estate Planning for New Parents: How to Protect Your Sweet New Baby

New Baby? The Importance of Estate Planning for New Parents

By Andre O. McDonald |

Estate planning is often one item that gets pushed back on nearly everyone’s to-do list. The reasons you might be delaying vary: lack of time, not thinking you have enough assets, not knowing how to start, or fear of contemplating death. Whatever the reason for not putting an estate plan together up until now,… Read More »

What is an estate plan? Probably not what you think...

What is an Estate, and Do I REALLY Need an Estate Plan?

By Andre O. McDonald |

I often get asked – “what is an estate?” You don’t need to have a summer house in Ocean City or a private art collection big enough to rival the Baltimore Museum of Art to consider yourself the owner of an estate. In fact, virtually anyone who owns anything has an “estate” in the… Read More »

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