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Unfair estate administration actions could have negative effects

After loved ones die, family members are often put in charge of the remaining estate. The estate administration can play a significant role in the lives of the surviving family members and other individuals who may be affected by the terms of any estate plans. Maryland residents may be interested in a case that was recently reported on that involved estate issues among siblings.

Double duty: Why a will and a power of attorney are necessary

A young couple recently agreed to buy a house from her grandmother. Negotiations were made, a contract was signed and closing was set. On the eve of closing, grandma died. The closing has yet to go through.

Probate litigation over Redstone estate proves complicated

Maryland residents may be interested in a complicated case involving the estate of billionaire media mogul Sumner Redstone. Reports stated that the man's granddaughter had expressed concerns about whether Redstone had truly been in support of changes made to two of his trusts. The woman believes that her aunt -- Redstone's daughter -- forced him to make changes. As part of the probate litigation, the granddaughter would like a mental and physical examination of her 93-year-old grandfather as well as a deposition. 

Probate concerns may cause Maryland residents to seek assistance

When a loved one passes away, some individuals may have issues to handle regarding the estate. Probate proceedings are common in cases where a will was left behind, but additional litigation may ensue if there are concerns about the estate. Maryland residents may be interested in such a situation currently taking place in another state.

Will validity may lead to probate litigation in Maryland

Dealing with the death of a loved one is always a difficult endeavor. Maryland residents will face many changes in their lives to get used to life after their loved ones' passing. Although for many, focusing on emotional healing is most important, there may be probate issues that could require attention in the near future.

Probate proceedings could affect estate planning in Maryland

When deciding which estate planning options may work for certain circumstances, Maryland residents may not be sure which avenues may be best for them. For instance, some parties may think that a will is the only document they need for their estate. However, if they want their families to avoid probate, they may wish to look into further options.

Maryland residents may be interested in celeb probate case

Many individuals across the country, including in Maryland, mourned the recent passing of music superstar Prince. As celebrities and musicians continue to pay tribute to the late artist, his family is left to handle his estate issues. Due to his failure to leave a will, his sister Tyka Nelson has recently filed documents for the estate to go through probate.

Probate and Estate Administration: Spotting the Signs of Undue Influence

For families in Maryland and throughout the country going through probate and estate administration proceedings, accusations of undue influence or coercion can be upsetting and incredibly damaging to family relationships. Of course, throwing around accusations without any evidence is something most wish to avoid, but how can you be certain that the indicators you've noticed require action?

Video: What is Estate Administration?

Is choosing an estate administrator a big decision? Considering all of the duties that an administrator may face, our estate planning law firm would caution against naming someone solely for sentimental reasons. In fact, a neutral party may be best positioned to avoid disputes among loved ones and handle the administrative deadlines that can quickly pile up after the passing of a loved one.

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