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Conflicts could complicate estate administration in Maryland

Handling an estate left behind by a recently deceased loved one can be a trying and emotional time for surviving Maryland families. Estate administration can sometimes become a complicated procedure, and if there are any conflicts or disputes, additional time and actions may be needed in order for the administration to continue. Because this type of endeavor is sensitive, there are a variety of reasons that conflict could arise.

One of the main reasons individuals may wish to dispute a will or otherwise argue with an executor or trustee is when an unequal distribution takes place. An individual who was bequeathed fewer items, less valuable items or did not receive an inheritance at all may feel particularly slighted. He or she may even question whether the contents of the estate documents reflect the true intentions of the deceased.

In some cases, bringing up the point of validity is necessary. There may have been instances in which the creator of the will was subjected to undue influence by an outside party. As individuals get older, they may become more vulnerable to unseemly actions of individuals hoping to gain part of an estate. If there is valid concern that such action may have occurred, individuals may wish to contest the will. 

When estate administration becomes complicated due to conflicts, litigation may be necessary in order to settle the disputed matters. Maryland residents who are facing such predicaments and hope to ensure that their loved ones' final wishes are properly carried out may want to find out information concerning their legal options. Discussing concerns with experienced attorneys could help put interested individuals on the best path for their cases.

Source:, "Estate Planning: Bones of contention", Dennis Fordham, Dec. 24, 2016

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