Avoiding Probate in Maryland
Probate court proceedings (during which a deceased person's assets are transferred to the people who inherit them) can be long, costly, and confusing.
Probate Shortcuts in Maryland
Maryland offers a probate shortcut for "small estates." This makes it easier for survivors to transfer property left by a person who has died.
Making a Will in Maryland
What can I do with a Maryland will? A will, also called a "last will and testament," can help you protect your family and your property. You can use a will to:
Make a Living Trust in Maryland
What is a living trust? A trust is an arrangement under which one person, called a trustee, holds legal title to property for another person, called a beneficiary.
Maryland Restrictions on Who Can Serve as Executor
One of the most important reasons to make a will is to name your executor -- sometimes called a “personal representative”. Learn the rules about who can be your executor in Maryland.
ABLE Accounts in Maryland: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
ABLE accounts are bank accounts that allow people with special needs to save money without jeopardizing their disability benefits.
Maryland Inheritance Tax
Maryland collects an inheritance tax when certain recipients inherit property from someone who lived in Maryland or owned property there.
What Happens to Digital Assets in Maryland
Maryland does not currently have any laws about what happens to digital assets after death.
Maryland Estate Tax
Maryland has its own estate tax, separate from the federal estate tax.
Intestate Succession in Maryland
If you die without a will in Maryland, your assets will go to your closest relatives under state “intestate succession” laws.
How to Become an Organ Donor in Maryland
Thousands of Maryland residents are currently waiting for donated organs.
Maryland's Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer End-of-Life Option Act
In early 2017, the Maryland General Assembly considered a bill called the Maryland Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act (SB0354 in the state senate and HB0370 in the house of representatives).
Alkaline Hydrolysis in Maryland
Alkaline hydrolysis has been legal in Maryland since October 2010, but the procedure is not yet available for human remains within the state.
Burial & Cremation Laws in Maryland
Each state has laws affecting what happens to a body after death.
Maryland Home Funeral Laws
If you are interested in holding a home funeral for a loved one who has died, you’ll need to be aware of the laws that apply. Here is an overview of the rules that govern home funerals in Maryland.
Making Funeral Arrangements in Maryland
In Maryland, you may name the person who will carry out your funeral arrangements.
Making a Financial Power of Attorney in Maryland
Why do I need a Maryland financial power of attorney? If you become ill or injured and you can't take care of your own finances, someone else must step in to help.
Do I Need to Have My Maryland Living Will Witnessed or Notarized?
In Maryland, your living will and power of attorney for health care are combined into one document called an advance directive