Cecil & Harford County Estate Administration Attorney &

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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 handling cases about 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
  • Estate Disputes

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 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. The estate pays all such fees.

 

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.

MD RULE 6-416. ATTORNEY'S FEES OR PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE'S COMMISSIONS

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 handling cases about 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!