Opening the estate in Maryland

Posted by Angela Holliday Hansen Esq. | Feb 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

Being appointed the executor of an estate in Maryland is an important role. Those who have been appointed executors may have many questions about their duties and obligations. Today we are going to focus on one of the executor's initial duties:opening the estate. What documents to you need to open an estate in Maryland?

According to theĀ Office of the Register of Wills, there are a number of items that will be needed to open an estate in Maryland. First of all, you will need to be able to provide the decedent's last will and testament. Also, you will need to be able to provide the decedent's death certificate. If there were expenses related to the deceased's burial, the funeral contract or bill will need to be provided as well.

In addition, the executor will need to provide an approximation of the worth of any assets that are held solely in the decedent's name. If the decedent had any motor vehicles, titles to these vehicles will need to be provided. Moreover, the executor will need to provide the name and contact information of those who may be interested in the estate. There are also certain forms that will need to be filled out, depending on whether it is a small estate or a regular estate. Finally, filing fees, if there are any, need to be paid.

Depending on the circumstances, additional information and documentation may be needed to open an estate in Maryland -- this is only a general overview. Executors in Maryland who have questions about their duties, including opening an estate, may want to seek the advice of an attorney who can provide guidance in these and other matters.

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Angela Holliday Hansen Esq.

Angela Holliday Hansen, Esq., is a former big firm corporate attorney who now practices family law in Rockville Maryland. Ms. Hansen oversees complex estate administration and drafts...

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