I’m trying find if my grandmother had a will?
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If an estate was opened, the will is filed in the estate and is publicly available. You can pay to download a copy from the Maryland Register of Wills estate search site, or you can go in person to the Register of Wills located in the jurisdiction where the estate was opened. The cost is a modest copy fee, both online and in person. If there was no estate opened, then you will need to ask family members about it. As for who is listed on the deed to the property, that can easily be looked up on the Maryland Land Records website (you need to register, of pay a lawyer), or in person at the land records office in the circuit court of the jurisdiction where the property is located. Real property owned by a decedent passes to their estate (unless there is a surviving joint owner who becomes sole owner by law), and it must be transferred, if at all, by the Personal Representative of the decedent's estate either by sale to a third party, or by deed to the heirs of the decedent's estate. That deed will be recorded in the land records.
A will may be hard to find, but a Deed is very easy to find. If you cannot go to Land Records, see an attorney who can look it up for you on his computer.