Probate and Estate Administration When someone close to you dies, you may find yourself charged with the responsibility of administering his or her probate estate. Coming on the heals of such a deep personal loss, many people feel overwhelmed by the prospect of having to settle a deceased loved one’s affairs as well. The Poole Law Group assists personal representatives carry out their duties and responsibilities of estate administration and successfully address and overcome any legal or other issues that may arise.

We assist personal representatives with all aspects of the probate and estate administration process, including:

  • Probate filings
  • Compilation and analysis of both probate and non-probate assets
  • Marshaling, collection and liquidation of estate assets
  • Payment of estate debts and obligations
  • Defense of unjustified claims against the estate
  • Commencement and prosecution of estate claims against others
  • Distribution of estate assets
  • Implementation of trusts created by the decedent

At the Poole Law Group we tailor our probate and estate administration services to the size and complexity of the estate and to the needs of our client, and we can provide as much or as little assistance as may be appropriate under the circumstances.

Am I required to have an attorney represent me in administering an estate?

No. In most cases, Maryland law does not require a personal representative to have an attorney. The Register of Wills offices in Western Maryland’s counties have capable staff who stand ready to help you understand your duties as a personal representative and to assist you in preparing and filing the necessary probate forms. The Register of Wills staff cannot provide legal advice and assistance or carry out tasks that require the services of an attorney. When the administration of an estate is complicated in nature or disputes arise between interested persons, the services of a probate and estate attorney can become essential. At the Poole Law Group, we can review your situation and provide whatever level of services that your circumstances or needs require.