Category Archives: Estate Administration

New Maryland Slayer’s Law to Disinherit Murderers from Victim’s Estate

What sounds like the plot of a BBC murder mystery tragically became reality for the family of Ann Sue Metz in 2009, when her husband killed her and inherited her estate. Though he was convicted and sentenced for the crime, … Continue reading

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Funeral-Expense Allowance Increased for Small Estates in Maryland

A new Maryland law increases the maximum allowance that a court may grant to a small estate for funeral expenses from $5,000 to $10,000. Chapter 226, effective prospectively as of October 1, 2012, also amends the Estates and Trusts Article … Continue reading

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“Small” Estates Get Bigger for Maryland Probate

A new Maryland law increases the maximum value of a decedent’s assets that qualifies for probate administration as a small estate. According its fiscal policy note, Maryland Chapter 62 “increases the eligibility thresholds for small estate administration from $30,000 to … Continue reading

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Marriage, Estate Equality Prevail in Maryland Referendum

Maryland voters Tuesday said “yes” to Question Six (the Maryland Same-Sex Civil Marriage Referendum), making the state one of the first to approve marriage equality by popular vote. While the narrow margin of approval (52%-48%) implies the state’s embrace of … Continue reading

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Same-Sex Marriage and Estate Administration: The Rules until Equality in 2013

New Years is not my favorite holiday.  Midnight glasses of champagne with friends and family are all well and good, but for some strange reason January 1 rarely yields any lucid opponents for a fair round of golf in the … Continue reading

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