Maryland

Maryland Last Will & Testament Information

A Last Will & Testament in Maryland permit the testator, to provide for a spouse, children, other loved ones, and pets after his death as well as to name a personal representative for the estate.

A Maryland Last Will & Testament includes the following requirements:

  • The testator must be eighteen years old or older.  
  • They must also be of ‘sound mind’.​
  • The Will must be signed by the testator or by someone else in their name (provided it is done under the testator’s direction and in their presence). ​
  • The signing of the Will requires at least two witnesses in order to make it valid. The witnesses should not be beneficiaries.
  • Another requirement to make the Will valid is that it must be in written format.​
  • A Maryland resident may bequeath their assets to any beneficiaries.

According to law in Maryland, in the absence of a will, the surviving spouse inherits the entire estate unless the deceased also has minor children, in which case the spouse and children inherit ½ each. If the children are 18+, the spouse inherits $15,000 of intestate property plus 1/2 of the balance and the children inherit the rest. A decedent’s parents are also entitled to a part of the estate if there is a surviving spouse but no children or descendants. If there is no surviving spouse, descendants, or parents, other relatives, including siblings and grandparents, will inherit depending on the closeness of the relation.

Click here if you have any questions about creating a last will in Maryland.

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