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What Women Need to Know About Estate Planning

Whether you are single, married, or living with a long-term partner, estate planning is a very important process for women. With many more women serving as breadwinners for their household, getting divorced, or living with a long-term partner, it is more important than ever for women to be informed and educated regarding the ins and… Continued

Can I Disinherit a Spouse in Maryland?

Although this is not a common question, the question of whether or not you can disinherit a spouse in Maryland, is a question that sometimes arises and there are a multitude of reasons.  At the heart of this discussion, is the sweeping reform legislation that went into effect on October 1, 2020 here in Maryland. … Continued

The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Wills

Creating a will by yourself or preparing estate planning documents without the advice of an attorney create a big risk. Online estate planning services are a popular choice for some people who believe they can save time and money by doing it themselves. While there may seem to be benefits by using an online service,… Continued

The Three Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

The majority of Americans are vastly unprepared when it comes to their estate plan and sadly, many more think that an estate plan is only for wealthy people. In fact, over half of Americans do not even have an estate plan in place, whether that is a simple will, a trust, or more, according to… Continued

What is Probate and Why Should I Care?

What is Probate and Why Should I Care? When an individual dies, unless, they have a trust, their assets first have to pass through probate before they can be transferred to beneficiaries. Probate is the legal process of validating a person’s will and making distribution pursuant to the terms of the will. During probate, the… Continued

Medicaid Planning is not Estate Planning

Does your estate plan protect assets from long-term care costs?  Does it include a strategy for long-term care?  Many people think that if they’ve done an estate plan, they have covered long-term care or Medicaid planning issues.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Medicaid planning is not estate planning and you’ll need an Elder… Continued

Is Your Family Inheritance at Risk for Probate?

If a family member dies, it is important to have a will in place to determine the disposition of the person’s assets and their final wishes.  Most wills must go through the probate process, before any assets are sold and any disbursements are made.  Probate is the official proving of a will in court. Most… Continued

Why Estate Planning is Critical for Those in The LGBTQ Community

Everyone needs an estate plan regardless of age, marital status, economic bracket, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Everyone in Maryland benefits by having a will, various trusts that are relevant to their specific needs, and a professional probate administrator to assist the executor of their will. However, there are a number of particular scenarios in… Continued

If My Loved One Has a Will, Do I Have to go Through Probate?

According to Investopedia, “Probate is a legal process in which a will is reviewed to determine whether it is valid and authentic. Probate also refers to the general administering of a deceased person’s will or the estate of a deceased person without a will.” Before any assets can be distributed to beneficiaries, the executor of… Continued