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The Probate Process in Maryland: Wills and Probate

This is Part 3 in our series on the probate process in Maryland. Despite what you might have seen on TV or in movies about a dramatic “reading of the will” after someone dies, you might be surprised to learn that a will only governs probate assets.

The Probate Process in Maryland: Probate Terminology

Welcome back to Part 2 of our series on probate in Maryland! In our previous post, we talked about the unique history of probate in Maryland and the responsibilities of the Orphans’ Court and the Register of Wills.  In today’s post, we’re talking about terminology of the probate process.

Tracking Your Case Online

This is the last post in our probate series in Washington DC! If you’ve missed any previous articles, check our index to all the posts, where you’ll find articles on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the probate process in Washington, DC. In this post, we’ll explain to you how you can follow your case, or any case, by checking the docket online.

Electronic Filing Requirements and Exceptions

In this post, we’re talking about electronic filing and how to view the status of your case online. The Probate Division began mandatory e-filing in November 2013. The rule requires all documents submitted in Probate Division cases are to be eFiled by mandatory eFilers and by parties who are not mandatory eFilers but chose to register in a particular case for eFiling.

Timelines and Other Requirements in Major Estate Litigation

We’re almost to the end of our series on probate in Washington, DC! In this post, we’re talking about major estate litigation, timelines and other requirements. We suggest you read our previous articles on probate – they are a wealth of information that may come in handy should you need to deal with a probate matter – and you can see all the posts in our series on the index page for all the posts.

Major Estate Litigation

Whether you’re just interested in learning, or you are looking for information on probate because you need help, the Gormley Law Office is pleased to share this information. We are a full-service law firm in Kensington, Maryland specializing in trusts, estate litigation and probate matters in Washington, DC.

Claims Against Revocable Trusts

A revocable trust allows the grantor to modify the trust but it cannot be revoked after death. The trust is subject to claims after the settlor’s death to the extent the estate outside of the trust doesn’t cover things like creditor claims, costs of administration of the settlor’s estate, the expenses of the deceased settlor’s funeral and disposal of remains, and statutory allowances to a surviving spouse and children.

Notice of Revocable Trust

A Notice of Revocable Trust proceeding is opened to notify interested persons and creditors that a deceased person established a trust prior to death that became irrevocable upon death. A revocable trust allows the grantor to modify the trust. An irrevocable trust can't be modified or terminated without the beneficiary's permission.