For most people, probate is not a pleasant experience, although it is a necessary one. Probate law is designed to protect the decedent’s wishes and best interests by ensuring that their written and valid will is followed. It also provides instruction as to how the decedent’s creditors can be paid. The probate process will generally last at least a few months and can even last years. It is important to find a good attorney who can help you navigate through the process.
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District of Columbia Probate
The probate laws which govern the District of Columbia also determine how an estate is divided amongst beneficiaries and paid out to creditors in the state of Maryland as well. When an individual dies, the person who has physical possession of the will must file it with the Register of Wills in the District of Columbia. A personal representative must then file a petition for probate, fill out all of the necessary forms and file them with the court.
Next, the personal representative will then need to take inventory of all of the decedent's personal property and assets. A District of Columbia probate attorney who is experienced with the state's probate laws can be a big help during this process. The personal representative will need to locate the property and assets, and then take possession of them when they can. They must also figure out who the decedent owed money to and who is eligible to receive a portion of the estate. After they have created a listing of whom is owed money or who is eligible for an inheritance, they must provide a bond to protect the estate and interests of the creditors and heirs.
The personal representative will have 20 days to place a notice of creditors in an acceptable newspaper to alert creditors to the decedent's death. Creditors will have six months to make a claim. The executor will have three months to inventory the assets of the decedent, have the estate appraised and then provide this report to individuals who may have an interest in the estate. They will have 90 days to provide proof that they have inventoried the decedent’s assets and notified all interested parties. They must provide proof of these actions and file these with the Register of Wills.
The personal representative also has the task of filing state and federal income taxes, handles any inheritance and estate taxes, both at the state and federal level, when required. They must keep interested parties updated with a final account, which will include all of the disbursements that the personal representative of the estate has made to creditors, heirs or other parties. These individuals will have an opportunity to respond to this final report and ask any questions that they have.
Finally, they must disburse all of the estate’s assets, property and monies as necessary, to the creditors and the heirs according to the will or laws of succession in the District of Columbia. They then will be able to file a Certificate of Completion or what is also known as a Petition to Terminate. They will need to wait at least six months after the creditors have an opportunity to make a claim. Only then can they petition the court to close out the probate case.