What is Probate?
PROBATE IS THE LEGAL PROCESS that involves the identification and distribution of accumulated assets (real estate, bank accounts, stocks, etc.) of the decedent, or the person who has passed away. The probate process can be long and complex, taking anywhere from 6 to 12 months. A family member or personal representative is required to file petitions, information and inventory reports at the proper times. If you are handling your loved one’s affairs, it is important to consult an attorney in order to understand your rights and obligations. There are many difficult decisions to be made during this probate process, so professional assistance is advised.
SOME MAY BE SURPRISED to learn that a will does not help you avoid probate. The purpose of a Will is to make your wishes known concerning your assets, the beneficiaries of those assets and the appointment of your executor. If you do not have a Will in place when you pass away, the courts will have the power to distribute your assets for you. A Will is therefore important to have in place before a tragedy occurs, so your wishes are carried out the way you intend. Probate court, whether there is a will or not, must oversee the distribution of your property.
EXPERIENCED AND KNOWLEDGABLE COUNSEL CAN HELP YOU avoid the pitfalls and confusion you may encounter during the probate process. Ms. Felinton has over 31 years of experience in handling probate matters and all aspects of estate planning. She understands that the probate process can be daunting, and she is willing to be your guide every step of the way.
Ms. Felinton will work with you and your family throughout the entire probate process. She serves probate clients in Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, Frederick, Baltimore and in the entire state of Maryland as well as Washington D.C. and Florida. Ms. Felinton also helps her clients plan their estate and avoid probate altogether. Ask us how!
Contact us today regarding your probate case at (301) 610-0055.