Do you know what is going to happen to your estate after you leave this world? Are you certain your assets will be awarded to the people who deserve them? Estate planning is the process of answering those questions with a resounding yes. Now, you may be thinking that it’s too early to start working on your will. However, there is no better time to plan your future than today. All you need is the help of an Essex, Maryland Estate Planning Attorney.
All-Inclusive Essex, MD Estate Planning Services
As a top-rated estate planning attorney, The Law Office of Ross W. Albers can help you with all types of Estate Planning services in Essex, MD including:
- Advance Directives
- Health-Care Proxy
- Power of Attorney
- Living Wills
- Probate Court
- Living Trusts
What is a Will?
A will is a document that gives instructions on how to allocate your assets in the event of your passing. In the event that you have legal guardianship over minors, a will dictates their fate as well. This document must meet certain requirements to be considered authentic and legally binding.
In the state of Maryland, for a document to be considered authentic and legally binding it must be signed by you and two witnesses must be in attendance at that time. Though you can use one of your beneficiaries as a witness, it is encouraged that you find different witnesses to reduce the chances of biases, which can lead to a longer probate process.
Take Control of Your Legacy with Estate Planning
Following your death, your estate will be divided according to the guidelines outlined in your will. Without a will, your assets will be handled and divided according to state law. Careful estate planning is very important for the people who stand to inherit from you.
Knowing the ins and outs of estate taxes, probate, and other elements of the legal asset distribution system is going make a big difference in the amount your beneficiaries will actually end up with. Maryland also has inheritance taxes, which affect a myriad of different circumstances and situations.
What is Probate?
Following your death, the executor of your last will and testament will need to prove that your will is legitimate in a probate court. Along with presenting and proving the will itself, the appointed executor must also provide a complete list of the deceased assets, properties, and debts. The process of probate can often last a long time and may cut into the overall inheritance that is finally distributed.
You can avoid probate court through the use of a living trust, if you would like to hurry things along, but a living trust is not for everyone. You can discuss your specific estate and the needs you have during your free consultation with a Essex, Maryland Estate Planning Lawyer.
Attorney Albers Is Your Partner for Estate Planning in Essex, MD
If you’re looking for legal advice concerning your estate, The Law Office of Ross W. Albers can help you. We have extensive experience with all aspects of estate planning services in Essex, MD and can advise you on the steps you need to take to secure your future.
For more information about how we can help you, contact us today for a free consultation. We look forward to working with you.