Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person (called the decedent) by distributing the property of the decedent and resolving all claims that may exist against the decedent. Following the loss of a loved one, it is often difficult to concentrate on the minutae and technical legal aspects of probate administration, including the need to notify creditors, publish notices, file and object to claims against the estate, liquidate real estate, petition the Court to name a personal representative/executor, prepare inventories and accountings, etc. Bayer & Kaufman LLP has extensive experience probating both large and small estates in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and can help you navigate the murky waters of probate administration. If the decedent died with a valid will, we can help you ensure that the decedent’s wishes are properly carried out. If the decedent died without a will or a will is determined to be invalid (known as intestacy), we can help to ensure that all of beneficiaries get their fair share according to the intestacy laws of the jurisdiction where the estate is probated.
In addition to probate administration, our office also has experience with guardianship and conservatorships for the vulnerable. If you have a loved one who passed away with or without a will, or if you are considering opening a guardianship or conservatorship for a family member, please contact our office.
MD (Montgomery County) – http://registers.maryland.gov/main/montgomery.html
MD (Prince George’s County) – http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Government/JudicialBranch/wills.asp
VA (Arlington County) – http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/ClerkofCircuitCourt/LandRecords/page64938.aspx
VA (Fairfax County) – http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/courts/circuit/probate.htm
VA (Prince William County) – http://www.pwcgov.org/default.aspx?topic=04005200268