Yes you do have rights. If you are thinking that you need a lawyer, then you probably need a lawyer. For the most part you will have the right to see the probate filings and question (object) to what happens in the probate proceeding as things move along, but if you smell trouble now, you may want to retain a MD lawyer now to communicate with the executor's lawyer. As to the non-probate assets, you should contact the companies if you know them, and tell them what is going on. It is likely your brother cannot control the distribution of these annuities or other non-probate assets if you are beneficiary. You may owe tax (most likely no MD inheritance tax but I believe you could be subject to MD estate tax) on your share, but you can probably get your money.
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Mr. Zelinger is correct. Your first step should be to locate and retain a Maryland attorney. The attorney should be able to advise you of everything going on in MD, as well as communicate with your brother's attorney regarding the probate estate. As for the non-probate assets, you can work with the lawyer on those as well, or you can try to do it yourself. However, you may find that the DIY approach is going to take you a lot more time and effort then you expect, and the attorney should be able to do most (if not all) of it for you at a reasonable cost.
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