Cecil & Harford County Estate Administration Attorney &
Estate Litigation Attorney
Our Top Rated Estate Administration & Probate Law Practice
Focuses on Protecting What's Important!
The administration of an estate can become very complex without the help of a competent Estate Administration Attorney. The time after the loss of a loved one can be very emotional and difficult. Our practice understands this difficulty and is focused on completing this process as gently and smoothly as possible.
The rules that govern probate can be complicated and often make the process seem more complex than it is.
Probate administration includes:
Identifying the estate's assets
Paying any debts or taxes owed by the estate
Pursuing any claims for payments owed to the estate
Determining whether there is a valid will
Distributing remaining assets
The Law Office of Chelsea M. Sadler LLC., has vast experience in handling cases pertaining to Last Will and Testaments, Trusts, Trust Administration, Probate, Preparation & Execution of Business Succession Plans. We excel in personally guiding you through these complex legal processes, explaining each step. Whether you need legal advice or action, We are here to represent you and your unique needs.
Some Estate Administration Areas we handle are:
Advising the personal representative of his or her duties
Filing initial documents and making required notifications to beneficiaries and creditors
Assisting in performing a thorough inventory of assets and debts of the estate
Helping overcome any obstacles regarding the location of, or title to, assets
Filing tax returns
Distribution of estate assets
Filing final documents with the court
Probate Attorney Fees
Maryland statutes state the fees and commissions estate attorneys may receive for normal administrative tasks. Any fees above the maximum permitted amount require approval by the Orphan’s Court, Fees within the standard range do not require court approval if all interested parties consent.
The state formula for attorney compensation is 9 percent of the first $20,000 of the gross estate and 3.6 percent of the amount over $20,000. For example, the standard attorney fee for an estate valued at $1 million is $37,080. That breaks down to $1,800 for the first $20,000 at 9 percent, and $35,280 for the remaining $980,000 at 3.6 percent. All such fees are paid by the estate.
We may also charge by the hour, sometimes it is more efficient and cost effective for many estates and personal representatives. Contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Probate Administration Fees
Under Maryland law, probate administration fees are based on the total gross estate. For example, an estate valued at a minimum of $250,000 but less than $500,000 must pay $500 in fees, while an estate worth at least $500,000 but less than $750,000 owes $750. An estate worth $2 million but less than $5 million pays $2,500. Estates worth $5 million and up pay a $2,500 fee plus 0.2 percent on any excess over $5 million.
These fees don’t include additional Letters of Administration, certified mail fees, filing a will for safekeeping, entering claims or caveat papers and plain, certified or exemplified copies.
Most estates are settled within a year to 18 months of the probate filing, and the beneficiaries receive their inheritances. However, there are exceptions.
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The Law Office of Chelsea M. Sadler, LLC., has vast experience in handling cases pertaining to Last Will and Testament, Trusts, Preparation and Business Succession Plans. We excel in personally guiding you through these complex legal processes, explaining each step. Whether you need legal advice or action, We are here to represent you and your unique needs. Schedule a consultation today to see how we can Protect What's Important!