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What information is included in a probate notice?

There are many steps that must be carried out when a Maryland family needs to close a recently-deceased loved one's estate. The major legal proceedings necessary to address duties and requirements for settling an estate take place during probate administration. Because wills and probate proceedings go into the public record, a notice is typically made to inform individuals that the process is taking place.

Probate notices can include various types of information. For instance, one notice was recently distributed in another area for the estate of a deceased man. It was reported that a presumed relative of the man had filed the petition to begin probate proceedings and act as personal representative for the estate. The date and time of the hearing for the petition was also given in order to inform heirs, creditors and other parties interested in the estate.

It was noted that if individuals have concerns or issues relating to this particular estate they can appear at the hearing. At this time, parties could file their claims. Additionally, a time frame was also provided for creditors to file their claims against the estate in order to potentially collect on outstanding debts. 

This type of information can allow for the probate process to proceed in the necessary manner by allowing interested parties the opportunity to settle any outstanding matters with the estate. Maryland residents who are beginning the probate process after the death of a family member may need to ensure that such a notice is released. As they work through the legal proceedings, they may wish to consult with experienced attorneys who could provide guidance along the way.

Source:, "Notice of petition to administer estate of John Philip Monahan Case No. BPB-17-002584", July 19, 2017

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