Maryland Probate Process: Appraising & Listing Inherited Property Guide Released

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Berkshire Hathaway Pen Fed Realty (301-660-6272) has released a new guide detailing steps for successfully selling a house in probate in Maryland.

The latest release from Berkshire Hathaway Pen Fed Realty offers practical advice to assist families who have inherited a house and are considering a sale in navigating Maryland’s unique probate system.

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The new guide provides a quick overview of the probate process, highlighting the role of the Orphans’ Court and how one can petition the court to start the probate process. It covers the essential steps for listing, selling, and distributing the deceased individual’s estate to their heirs.

Probate is the legal process of transferring ownership of assets upon an individual’s passing. This process, as the guide explains, is overseen by the Orphans’ Court in Maryland.

In the guide, readers will learn about the requirements for opening a probate estate, which involves petitioning the Orphans’ court and providing supporting documents, such as the deceased’s death certificate, to the court.

Once granted, the named executor or the court appoints one, in the absence of a will, who assumes full responsibility for the estate. According to the guide, the executor must obtain letters of administration from the court, which empowers them to administer the estate, including selling properties and other assets.

The guide further elaborates on other crucial aspects of the probate process, such as determining the fair market value of the property through an appraisal and the next steps needed for listing the house on the market.

Berkshire Hathaway Pen Fed Realty underscores the importance of enlisting the services of an experienced probate realtor. Working with probate realtors like Marc Cormier can help streamline the process, minimizing drawbacks and ensuring the probate property can be sold for the highest value and quickly.

Cormier states, “Losing a loved one is never easy, and the legal process that follows can add to the stress and complexity of an already difficult time. If the deceased person owned a house or other real estate, it must go through the probate process before it can be sold. This process can be particularly complicated, especially if you are not familiar with the legal requirements in Maryland.”

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