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  • Estate Planning during a Global Pandemic

    Estate Planning during a Global Pandemic Has the COVID-19 pandemic got you wondering about the health of your estate plans? It’s natural in times of uncertainty and when there’s so much strain in our lives to turn our attention to our affairs and ensuring our loved ones are protected after we are gone. For many on the frontlines of the […]
  • What is Ancillary Probate and how does it work in Maryland? 

    We recently covered what the probate process is and how it works in Maryland. But we covered the subject in hypotheticals that assumed the person who passed away (the decedent) lived, died, and only owned property in the state of Maryland. But what if that’s not always the case?   In some cases, a person passes away as a resident of one state, leaving behind assets that are […]
  • What is Probate? How does it work in Maryland? 

    The death of a loved one or family member is, without a doubt, one of the most emotionally trying and difficult times in a person’s life. Often families will come together to share stories of their loved one, pour over old photographs, and sift through decades worth of jewelry and knick-knacks, nostalgic for the days that were. Along with the […]
  • What to do if you’ve been named executor of an estate

    Disclaimer: This guide is meant to provide general, helpful information to an Executor/Personal Representative of an Estate. It is not intended to be legal advice or a set of hard-and-fast rules. If you have questions or concerns about your specific situation, please consider giving us a call today at (410) 535-6100. Being chosen as the executor of an estate can be both an honor and a challenge, all at the same time. By definition, an executor is delegated with the huge responsibility of ensuring that a person’s last wishes are honored. It is therefore critical that a person who has been designated as the executor of an estate fully understands what is required of them prior to the passing of a loved one. What follows is a general list of items to consider prior to a loved one’s passing. We encourage you to print it out, make notes and changes to suit your specific needs, and, as always, give us a call if you have any questions about what is being asked of you as the executor.
  • Estates After Death

    When music icon Prince passed away suddenly, much of the world felt a deep sense of mourning over the talent we lost. Most of the world, that is, except the 700 people that are now claiming to be heirs, entitled to some portion of his great fortune. Prince died intestate–without any written or known plans for how he wanted his vast estate divvied up. It may take years and many pricey legal battles for the courts to sort through each of these claims to decide who may be entitled to receive from Prince’s estate. While your fortune may or may not be nearly as large as Prince’s, it is important to do estate planning– create a plan for what will happen upon your death–well in advance of your final days. Putting thought into your estate plan today will save your loved ones time and money in the long run, because we all know, “Life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last.”
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    When we first opened our doors, we had two attorneys, an of counsel attorney and three staff members, and we were in a tiny office space. But we had big plans and even bigger dreams: to provide representation to our clients in a way that wasn't billable-hour driven, but results-oriented. Believing that creativity, strong but mindful advocacy, education, and responsiveness are crucial to providing successful representation. We wanted to build relationships with the legal and local communities in order to promote not only civility but recognizing that such partnerships can fill in the gaps. We wanted to build a firm that operated with a team approach that could meet as many of our clients' legal needs as possible while ensuring we didn't get so big that we lost sight of our clients as individuals.
  • Holographic and Video Wills: Are they legit?

    While the preparation of a Will is traditionally thought of as a very paper-heavy ordeal, complete with a Notary, witnesses, tons of signatures and air tight languaging to avoid any and all loopholes, there are actually other ways to creating a Will. Consider the possibility of finding yourself in a situation with no access to a Notary or a witness, […]
  • Should I have a Will or a Trust? Or a bit of both? 

    When Burt Reynolds died in September of 2018, he left his only son out of his Will. But this wasn’t done by accident or even out of malice- it was a calculated move. Reynolds had left his son out of his Will because he had provided for him in his Trust.   So, what does that mean? Is that something swanky only […]
  • Will or No Will: That is the Question

    Death is an uncomfortable subject for most people, though it seems to be the topic of conversation in our blog reel lately! That’s because, as Estate Planning & Probate attorneys, we know that one of the smartest decisions you can make as a living, breathing human being is to create a plan for your assets after you pass away. For the purpose of […]
  • Food for Thought: Why Healthcare Powers of Attorney are a Good Idea

    Oftentimes in medical dramas, like ER or Grey’s Anatomy, when something terrible happens and a person is injured we see an exchange between the medical professionals and loved ones of a patient. It typically starts with the loved one asking how the patient is doing; from there, the scene plays out in one of two ways: If the person asking […]
  • Jennifer Dill

    “People often don’t understand that the legal system isn’t necessarily designed to be a moral system.  It’s a system that has been set up to help humans function together in the safest, fairest and most organized way; sometimes, that doesn’t feel like the most moralistic way. I strive to help my clients find clarity in a world of confusion by listening to their story and working with them to find an ending […]
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  • Protecting Your House After You Move Into a Nursing Home 

    There are a number of ways to pay for nursing home or other long-term care facilities. As discussed in our last blog, you could utilize personal resources such as savings accounts, or the costs may be covered as part of a long-term care insurance policy. But what happens if or when the money you have set aside for nursing home care runs out? It’s a very likely possibility especially given the fact that costs for long-term care in our region averages $90,000 per year. Don’t panic just yet, as there are other options available to you to help cover the costs of long-term care. In order to prepare for any likely scenario, you should contact an attorney before you even enter a long-term care facility. An attorney can help you investigate the possibility of utilizing resources other than personal savings or insurance to help cover the costs of nursing home care in the event that the resources you’ve set aside run out. One of these options that may be available to you is Medicaid.