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Understanding what a notice of probate means in Maryland

On Behalf of | Feb 1, 2022 | Estate Administration & Probate, Probate Litigation |

When someone in Maryland dies, their estate must go through a process known as probate. This process can be complicated, and there are many things that you need to know to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Here’s an insight on the basics of notice of probate in Maryland.

What is a notice of probate?

Notice of probate is a document that is sent to interested parties in a Maryland probate case. It provides information about the estate and the upcoming court proceedings. The notice must be sent out at least 30 days before the first hearing in the case.

Who needs to receive notice of probate?

An executor must send the notice of probate to all interested parties, including any heirs, creditors and beneficiaries of the estate. If someone does not receive notice, they may not be able to participate in the proceedings, or they may lose their right to object to the proceedings.

What happens when the notice is received?

When someone receives notice of probate, they have a few options. They can choose to take no action and allow the court to make all of the decisions for them, object to the proceedings or petition the court to be appointed as a personal representative of the estate. If someone chooses to take no action, then they are essentially giving up their right to challenge anything that happens in the case. If someone objects to the proceedings, then they may need to file a formal objection with the court. Should someone petition to be appointed personal representative, they will need to provide evidence that shows why they ought to be given this responsibility.

If you are facing a probate case in Maryland, it is important to understand the basics of notice of probate. This document provides information about the estate and the upcoming court proceedings, and the executor must send it to all interested parties.