My attorney repeatedly discusses the details of my case, including settlement dollar amounts with their spouse who is not an attorney. I have overheard them doing this on several occasions. I have never given my attorney the permission to do this....
Don't take this as a disagreement with what Mr. Berkus wrote. Lawyers in Maryland are governed by a set of ethics rules known as the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct. MRPC for short. They are found collected as an Appendix in one Rule of Court - Rule 16-812. Here is a link https://govt.westlaw.com/mdc/Browse/Home/Maryland/MarylandCodeCourtRules?guid=N625459609CCF11DB9BCF9DAC28345A2A&originationContext=documenttoc&transitionType=Default&contextData=(sc.Default)
I suggest you review MRPC 1.6. Subsection a provides: "(a) A lawyer shall not reveal information relating to representation of a client unless the client gives informed consent, the disclosure is impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation, or the disclosure is permitted by paragraph (b)."
As there could be some legitimate reason your lawyer is talking with his spouse about your case, your starting point is to address the issue with your lawyer. If he doesn't have a legitimate reason, at a minimum, you should make it clear to him that all such communication should immediately cease.
As a court appointed personal representative are my travel expenses (car expense/hotel/meals) South Carolina to Maryland, reimbursable as expenses outside the statutory fee allowed by Maryland law. No will regular estate.
Most if not all Registers of Wills in MD take the position that travel expenses are included in the PR commission. Their basis is that a PR should know that from the beginning and if there is not enough commission under the statute, the PR could choose to decline to be PR. Since few people think of this issue at the beginning, the issue generally arises at the end. If you can come up with a viable theory why the travel expenses should not be included in the commission, you can ask the Court to approve the expenses outside the commission. I did exactly that 2 months ago by pointing out that all legatees under the Will were out of State and the Decedent included the Texas address of the PR in the Will and so obviously knew the PR would have to travel to do the job. The expenses in that case were about $3500.See question
My sister died before she signed her will. My brother was going to be named executor, so he has visited the attorney who drew up the will without conferring with us.. They have sent my other brother and I a renunciation form instructing us to ...
A lawyer can legally solicit completion of the form. Because the Will was not signed (I assume there was no earlier Will) the probate will proceed under the intestate laws of Maryland (I assume this is a Maryland estate). I assume that your sister was not married, had no children and her parents are both deceased and that her 2 siblings are thus her heirs.) The 3 siblings have an equal right to acft as PRs of the estate. However, most lawyers will recommend against there being more than one PR. It's usually a bad idea for there to be more than one. I suspect the lawyer your brother consulted advised against 3 Co-PRs and that's why the form was sent. You probably should start with the brother who consulted with the lawyer and have him explain why he wants to alter the original plan of the 3 of you.See question
I am the daughter and listed as an heir. My stepmother is the personal representive but is 80 years old. When I ask her questions about my his estate she can't answer them. Can I period the court due to her being too old.
I assume you meant to ask whether you could "Petition" the court to replace her with another PR. You can. But you will need to convince the court that she doesn't have the ability to handle the probate. If there is any possibility that she will agree to you or someone else taking over, that would be the easier way to proceed.See question
Friend, was very ill and receiving workman's comp pay and social security checks. Brother paid for her cremation and needs money back. Friend and her brother were not so friendly with each other. I'm afraid that the brother will not be able to ...
Someone (probably the brother if there is no Will) will have to start probate at the Register of Wills in the county or city where she ived) Then that person will have accessSee question
Family member died who left behind a will and trust. Had lived in Maryland from April 3rd to September of every year. Then lived in Florida from Sept to March of next year. Family member died in Florida, will and trust were drawn up in Maryland...
I presume what you want to know is where probate should be initiated. The primary Probate should occur in the state where the person was domiciled. There would normally be ancillary probates in any other states where the person had real property. Domicile is not necessarily the state of residence. A person can have only one domicile but multiple residences. What you have provided is not enough for a determination of domicile. Sometimes domicile issues can become quite complex so the earlier suggestion that you consult with a lawyer who can go through the domicile issues with you is a good suggestionSee question
who keeps executor in line and assure that all is being done?
Most if not all of your questions will be answered in a publication found on the Register of Wills site here http://registers.maryland.gov/main/publications/AdministrationBooklet2013final.pdf
The Will is filed with the Register of Wills in the county where the deceased person lived. For a regular estate, a Petition for Probate is typically filed by the person named in the Will as Personal Representative [PR - the MD term for Executor]. Once the PR has been bonded he/she will be provided a Letter of Administration and probate is started. For a regular estate, the process typically takes about a year but many issues can cause it to go longer. Beneficiaries are notifed by certified mail usually in about 2 to 4 weeks after the PR is appointed. The Register of Wills and Orphans' Court oversee the process and the beneficiaries have a right to information and question the process.
How do I get the deeds in my name?
I assume the existing deeds show just your great aunt's name as the owner and that what was drawn up was a signed Last Will and Testament. If my assumptions are right, the person named in the Will as Personal Representative (PR) will have to start the probate process (usually with the assistance of a lawyer). At the end of the probate process (usually about 9 months), the PR will distribute property in accordance with the Will. A PR distributes real property (land and houses) by signing and filing a Personal Representative's Deed.See question
I understand that most will contests do not make it to trial because it costs a lot to both sides of the table. In general, does it cost as much to defend a will as it does to the other side challenging the will? Asked another way, can I a...
In general it does not cost as much to defend as to challenge a Will, But that's a siginificant generality. And my answer probably really doesn't give you any more useful information. Here's my question for you - In general, does it cost as much to buy a used car as a new car. I would answer the same way - In general it does not cost as much to buy a used car as a new car. Obviously to make sense of the general answer you need to know much more.
And answering your second question we run into the same kind of generality - Generally I don't think your assumption is correct in the majority of cases. But, of course, in some situations your assumption is right on.
Reading between the lines, it sounds as though you might be considering trying to handle a will contest without a lawyer. That's usually a really bad idea and in some situations might even rise to a breach of a PRs fiduciary duty.
Will contest litigation is in many ways a complex area. The court rules and procedure can be very unusual and I think that's one of the reasons many lawyers shy away from doing it.
If you haven't already done so, you should have a consultation with at least one lawyer. There are several good lawyers in Annapolis who regularly handle estate litigation.See question
This is a "Appeal" and I am the defendant
Civil Action Law. In 1984 Maryland did a major revision to how lawsuits were handled. Before that time we had Law cases and Equity cases. The revisions unified the two forms intp a single civil action. But to distinguish between the two, PG decided to have CAL cases, CAE (civil action equity) cases, CAD (civil action divorce), CAS (civil action support) and even others.See question