A personal representative is the person named in a will or appointed by the court to be in charge of an estate. After filing a Petition for Probate with the orphan’s court in the county where the decedent resided and having the will acknowledged as valid, the PR notifies surviving family members and creditors of a person’s death.
This part of the process serves two major purposes.
Although the order can vary slightly from state to state, property in Maryland is distributed as follows:
Non-probate assets are generally assets that are jointly owned or who automatically pass to someone else upon the owner’s death. For example, if one of the two partners of a law firm dies and they have a life insurance policy naming their spouse as the beneficiary, neither the firm nor the insurance payout go through probate.
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 Estate Planning, Elder Law, 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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