Category Archives: Probate

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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“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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BREAKING NEWS: Inconsiderate Tortoise Dies Intestate—Without A Will

By Evan Roe – Senior Reporter, Junior Clerk – Exclusively for Fisher Law Office Lonesome George, a Pinta Island Galapagos giant tortoise, died this morning at an estimated age of 100 years and is survived by no fellow members of … Continue reading

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Why you need an estate plan

Check out this same post but with updates to reflect 2012 rules here. Smart Money recently summarized the basics of why you need an estate plan. The basics that the writers focus on is the recent change to a $5 million … Continue reading

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Don’t make the same mistakes you’ve seen in the headlines

Now is the time to update your existing estate plan, or proceed with implementing a comprehensive estate plan. Why? First, we now know with certainty that the federal estate tax is not going away, and thus we should establish a … Continue reading

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