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Julie Garber

Maryland Probate Update

By December 12, 2012

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A couple of changes have been made to the laws governing Maryland "small probate estates" which took effect on October 1, 2012:

  1. The small estate threshold is increased from $50,000 or less to $100,000 or less if the decedent's surviving spouse is the sole legatee or heir.

  2. For all other legatees or heirs, the small estate threshold is increased from $30,000 or less to $50,000 or less.

  3. The maximum allowance for funeral expenses for a small estate is increased from $5,000 to $10,000.

  4. Funeral expenses are defined as the costs of a funeral, a burial, a cremation, a disposition of the decedent's remains, a memorial, a memorial service, food and beverages related to bringing together the decedent's family and friends for a wake or prefuneral or postfuneral gathering or meal, and any other reasonable expenses authorized by the decedent's will."
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