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Maryland Estate Administration

At Sellers Johnson Law, we provide Maryland Estate Administration, including Maryland probate, Maryland trust administration, Maryland post-mortem estate planning, and legal advice and services to Maryland fiduciaries.

We are experienced advisors and advocates in the process of Maryland Estate Administration and Maryland Trust Administration, also known as Maryland Probate. We counsel fiduciaries, such as Personal Representatives and Trustees, throughout this process. We understand this is often an emotional and unfamiliar process, so we do all we can to ensure our clients confidently and efficiently may comply with their legal responsibilities as fiduciaries.

We help fiduciaries administer the will and trust (if applicable); to determine the forms and timing of distributions, whether in-kind or cash; and to follow administrative and legal filing requirements for deeds, transfer documents, and estate tax returns. We are experienced advisors to fiduciaries as they collect, inventory, and appraise assets; comply with tax filings; make tax selections; satisfy creditors and pay bills; and transfer assets to properly identified legatees and beneficiaries.

The process of Estate Administration begins with an event that triggers a provision in your estate plan, such as incapacity or death. The plan becomes 'executory', meaning that the individuals you designated in your plan documents must step into action and execute according to your instructions.  These individuals are known as your fiduciaries.

Estate administration can be complex and your fiduciaries often need competent and experienced counsel to guide them through the process. Your fiduciaries must make important decisions - sometimes quickly - and they need help to make them wisely. They may need to prepare inventories of your property, prepare tax returns, or sign other important documents on your behalf. Ultimately they must divide and distribute your property to those individuals or charities you identified in your will or trust agreement.

The estate administration process carries a lot of responsibilities. We can help guide your loved ones through the process as sensitively and completely as possible, and will try to make it as straightforward and efficient as possible.