A person who dies without leaving a valid Last Will and Testament (Will) is said to have died intestate. This can cause serious headaches with the administration of their estate.
The PR is the person named in a Court Order to administer your estate. This person is responsible for filing all required paperwork with the Register of Wills in a timely manner, paying valid debt, and distributing remaining assets properly.
Not having a valid Will means you lose control of what happens to your assets after you die. When a person dies without a will, the statutes and cases interpreting them control the appointment of a PR. If everyone inheriting agrees and consents to the appointment of a particular individual to serve as PR this can be an easy process. However, if there are disagreements, a court hearing will be necessary.
Without a valid Will, state law also controls the distribution of assets. Your spouse may have been the only intended beneficiary of your net estate, but by dying intestate you may have given others such as your children the right to inherit certain amounts.
Mr. Abraham is an experienced attorney and founding member of the Law Firm of Abraham & Bauer. The Towson, MD office of the firm concentrates its practice in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Medical Assistance (Medicaid), Guardianship, Asset Preservation and Fiduciary Representation.
He is an active member in a number of professional organizations that focus on law, the senior community, and estate planning. He works with clients in Central Maryland, especially in Towson, Hunt Valley, Lutherville/Timonium, Parkville, White Marsh, Bel Air & Northern Baltimore City.
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