However, not everyone understands the necessity to retain an attorney who specializes in this unique and at times complex area of law.
The truth is that any lawyer that is licensed to practice law Maryland can assist you. If your friend is a bankruptcy attorney, the questions become should the attorney who mostly practices in another area of the law best represent you and even more importantly should they?
I often say to my clients that my internist was not my surgeon when I needed surgery and my surgeon is not my primary care physician. They each have their own area of specialization. It is my opinion, that this specialization also exists for attorneys.
A probate or an estate attorney is one who practices in this area on a regular basis. Another attorney who mostly practices in say bankruptcy law may know a little about the probate process, but most likely will not know all the specifics that are necessary to provide representation in a practical, timely and cost-effective manner.
They can answer all of the questions raised above any others you may have.
Frequently an estate will include the necessity to pay income taxes and at times inheritance and even state and federal estate tax. If the Decedent’s Will creates a Trust the probate attorney is aware of what steps must be undertaken.
The experienced probate attorney is normally well versed in the topics and helps guide the PR to ensure all appropriate taxes are paid, Trusts established etc. This also helps prevent further personal liability for the PR.
The PR has the primary responsibility to make certain decisions. At times these decisions require prior Orphans’ Court approval.
If the PR acts before obtaining the Court’s permission to do so, then he or she could become personally liable. An experienced probate attorney knows exactly what you can and cannot do throughout this process.
Mr. Abraham is an experienced attorney and founding member of the Law Office of Richard K. Abraham. The Sparks, MD office of the firm concentrates its practice in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, Medical Assistance (Medicaid), Guardianship, Asset Preservation and Fiduciary Representation.
He is an active member in a number of professional organizations that focus on law, the senior community, and estate planning. He works with clients in Central Maryland, especially in Towson, Hunt Valley, Lutherville/Timonium, Parkville, White Marsh, Bel Air & Northern Baltimore City.
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