Legal Question in Wills and Trusts in Maryland

What is the time limit that an attorney have to notify and have the Reading of a deceased person in the state of Maryland

Asked on 10/14/13, 5:13 pm

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Cedulie Laumann Arden Law Firm, LLC
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It is not the attorney's responsibility in this State to either notify family or have a formal reading of the deceased person's will. Rarely is that done the way it is often shown on tv or movies.

Instead, the Personal Representative bears responsibility for withdrawing the will from safekeeping, filing it with the Register of Wills / Orphan's Court and giving notice to family. Sometimes the attorney who helped prepare the will might keep the will but oftentimes wills are not even kept with the attorney and instead are stored at the Register of Wills.

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Answered on 10/14/13, 5:21 pm
Thomas Valkenet Young & Valkenet
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There is no such requirement. The obligations is entirely left to the relatives. And if the named Personal Rep is not doing the job, there are rules that permit replacement by another person.

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Answered on 10/15/13, 5:37 am

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