The Law Offices of Scott Alan Morrison, P.A.
Please Call For An Appointment

Maryland estate administration smoother when estate well planned

When Maryland residents decide that it is time to begin the estate planning process, they may find that there are several different processes to consider. Among those processes is the estate administration process, which can be complicated when the wishes and instructions of the individual planning are not adequately understood. In order to ensure that the process is smooth and that those involved have a clear idea of what needs to happen during estate administration, there are several tasks that have been outlined as the fundamental estate planning to-dos that go beyond just drafting a will.

The first task is to ensure that beneficiaries are up to date on all accounts and documents. Individual designation forms take precedence to other estate planning tools after death, so their validity and updated status is important. Individuals may also find it necessary to update their beneficiaries and estate planning documents after major life events such as marriage or divorce.

For parents with young children, it is recommended that legal guardians be appointed. This step of estate planning can be completed as soon as a couple becomes parents, and should be very carefully thought out. More than one guardian can be named, depending upon the situation and the needs to the child.

Naming powers of attorney is another important part of estate planning. A power of attorney is important for more than just death wishes. Power of attorney is also useful in the event that an individual becomes incapacitated in any way. Different from a power of attorney but equally as important, an executor will ensure that wishes are met when it's time to execute the estate plan. Individuals planning their estate should communicate with this person and ensure that they are right for the task.

No amount of documentation can take away the pain of losing a loved one. The good news, however, is that when Maryland residents have an established estate plan in place, the estate administration process can be much smoother. This can allow families to focus on moving forward rather than becoming entangled in unnecessary battles.

Source: Morningstar, "5 Estate-Planning Tasks That You Shouldn't Put Off," Christine Benz, Aug. 20, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Best Of The Best The Frederick News Post
  • Bar Association Of Frederick County, Maryland
  • NAELA National Academy Of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
  • Maryland State Bar Association Inc.
  • Washington County Bar Association , DC Bar
  • Law Offices of Scott Alan Morrison is a BBB Accredited Lawyer in Frederick, MD
Form Submit Button

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

For more information and a free consultation with a Maryland estate planning attorney, call us at 301-694-6262 or fill out the form below. We provide clients with the estate services they need.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

We have offices in Frederick and Maryland, to serve you.

Evening, weekend and off-site appointments are available upon request. Free parking is available at our Frederick office.

Our office will follow the same closing & delays as Frederick County Public Schools for both offices due to inclement weather.

The Law Offices of Scott Alan Morrison, P.A.
141 W Patrick Street
Suite 300
Frederick, MD 21701

Toll Free: 866-220-5185
Phone: 301-694-6262
Fax: 301-668-8884
Map & Directions
Frederick Law Office Map

Contact This Office Contact This Office