What Forms Should You Bring to the Maryland Register of Wills?It is important to quickly begin the probate process with the Maryland Register of Wills. To ensure your process moves efficiently, there are several items you should bring to the Office of the Register of Wills the first time you go.
Documents to Bring to the Maryland Register of Wills #1: The Original WillThe number one item to bring to your meeting is the original will with the original signature. The Maryland Register of Wills will only take the original, not just a copy.
Documents to Bring to the Maryland Register of Wills #2: The Death CertificateYou should also bring 7 copies of the death certificate. Though 7 copies may seem like a lot, there are multiple times where you will be giving these copies out. Tip: Do your best to retain your original copies throughout the process by having the office make copies.
Documents to Bring to the Maryland Register of Wills #3: Car Titles and Funeral ContractsWhen at the Office of the Register of Wills, you should also have car titles and copies of the funeral bills and expenses.
Documents to Bring to the Maryland Register of Wills #4: Names and Addresses of Interested PersonsInterested persons are the people who may be getting something out of the will as well as people the decedent may owe debts to. You should know and have the addresses of all interested persons.
When Should You File? Which Forms Should You File?You need to begin probate as soon as you feel you are ready. Remember, these things have to be open for at least six months to give creditors notice, so the sooner you start the process, the sooner it can be finished. The other really important thing about moving quickly is that you’ll be able to get the letters of administration. The letters of administration are the court orders that appoint you as the personal representative. The sooner this happens, the sooner an estate accounts can be created to access the decedent’s bank accounts, which will allow you to maintain the assets of the estate by paying the mortgage, paying the electric bill, etc. Maintaining the assets could mean a lot of different things, such as making payments on insurance or paying the mortgage.
Which Forms to File at the Register of WillsThe last thing to know when dealing with the register wills is knowing what forms you need to fill out. To determine what paperwork to file, there needs to be a rough estimate of the estate assets. This estimate places the estate into one of two categories in Maryland:
MD Register of Wills vs Orphans Court: Which is Which?Confused about whether you need to deal with the Register of Wills or the MD Orphans court? You’re not alone. Attorney Frank Gray clears up the difference in this quick video below:
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