Probate, also known as Estate Administration, is the process by which title passes from the decedent to his or her beneficiaries. The probate process requires opening an estate, reporting the decedent’s assets and debts, and ultimately distributing the estate in accordance with the decedent’s Will or with the laws of the State of Maryland, if the person died without a Will (intestate). Probate can be a straightforward administrative process, but it can also be a long, expensive, and adversarial one.
Probate may require the preparation and filing of an administration account, and possibly income tax and/or estate tax returns. The executor of the estate (known as a “Personal Representative” in Maryland) is responsible for faithfully performing these duties and has a fiduciary duty to the estate.
Hammond Law can assist the Personal Representative in preparing and filing the necessary forms, petitions and accounts with the Register of Wills. We are experienced in negotiating disputes among beneficiaries and working toward a swift and equitable distribution of the estate.