Maryland Changes "Small Estate" Rules

Larger estates now qualify for simpler probate procedures.

Maryland has changed its definition of a "small estate" that qualifies for simplified probate procedures, which are quicker and less expensive than regular probate.

If the surviving spouse inherits everything, the limit is now $100,000 (up from $50,000). This means that if the value of all the property that needs to go through probate is not more than $100,000, the spouse can collect the property through simplified probate procedures. If there are other beneficiaries, the limit is $50,000 (up from $30,000).