As you plan your future and look ahead to the possibilities, you must also come to terms with the fact that life is delicate and unpredictable. The skilled Maryland family attorneys at Cohen & Dwin guide Baltimore residents through the process to make sure your legacy is carried out according to your wishes for your children, spouse, and any organizations you wish to support. Contact Cohen & Dwin to discuss your options for estate planning today.
Maryland family attorneys Barry Cohen (retired) and Harold Dwin will deliver experienced, compassionate advice to simplify the steps and make sure your affairs are handled to your exact specifications.
Last Will and Testament
In your last will and testament, you can provide specific instructions for the fate of your property. If you do not have a will at the time of your death, Maryland law decides how your estate is distributed. Persons who can create a legal will must be over age 18 and legally competent. For the will to be valid, it must be written and signed by you and at least two credible witnesses. Hiring our attorneys to create your will ensures that your estate is divided up according to your wishes. This legal document can also be used to create trusts, name trustees and beneficiaries, and appoint guardians for surviving children.
A probate hearing occurs when a decedent's last will and testament is read and the estate is distributed. The probate process can take nine months or longer, but our estate planning attorneys can handle all of the steps leading up to the probate hearing, including the Petition for Probate with the Register of Wills or the Orphan's Court. If a decedent did not have a will, then the probate is handled according to Maryland law during proceedings that are conducted by a Register of Wills. Without a will, the division of property and other assets based on state law can cause confusion and quarreling among family members.
Advanced Health Care Directives
Cohen & Dwin can handle your advanced health care directives, formerly known as a living will, in preparation for extraordinary medical circumstances. Advanced health care directives include the Health Care, Durable Power of Attorney, and General Power of Attorney documents, which specify how certain medical events are to be handled and by whom. Leaving your advanced directives can take an enormous amount of pressure and responsibility off of family members if the unthinkable occurs and help instill peace of mind as your wishes are carried out.
For experienced guidance in preparing planning documents, trust our family attorneys in Baltimore. The legal team of Cohen & Dwin to deliver experienced legal advice and accurate organization of your affairs. Please contact our team today for your free consultation on wills, advanced directives, and power of attorney.