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If you’re looking to partner with an experienced estate planning lawyer in Owings Mills, MD or anywhere with the State of Maryland,  Zhanna A. Maydanich, Esq. and the experienced team at ZM Law Group are the right choice for you. Our firm handles all aspects of estate planning including  special considerations for families going through a divorce, illness or any other change in circumstances. Families who have family-owned businesses and families who are looking to secure their future with a family succession plan have unique requirements which we are uniquely qualified to assist with.  If you are planning for a secure future for your family and/or your business in Maryland, then working with ZM Law Group will ensure that you are on solid ground..

What is a Will?

A will, often referred to as a “Last Will and Testament” is a legal document that tells the probate court how you want your property distributed upon your death. The document identifies the person you have appointed to have the power and responsibility to represent your Estate and wrap up your affairs. As part of the probate process, the court will give your personal representative the authority to oversee and identify all of your property, pay outstanding bills and debts that may be owed by you to creditors and others, and distribute your remaining property in accordance with the order of the court as stipulated in your will.

The Will takes effect pursuant to a probate court’s determination of its validity. Therefore, your personal representative is appointed to act on behalf of your estate only after he/she is approved to do so by a probate judge. An estate planning lawyer in Maryland can help you through this process.

Don’t Navigate the Next Step Alone

After the loss of a loved one, the last thing you will want to do is get wrapped up in complicated court proceedings. ZM Law Group is in your corner. We ensure  that your family is ready for the next steps, whether a transition or a succession plan, we will assist them with executing on the plans you set within your estate plan and ensure a smooth process.  It’s never too early to prepare for the next step, so contact ZM Law Group today for all your estate planning services, we are in Owings Mills, Maryland. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose ZM Law Group for estate planning in Maryland?

ZM Law Group, led by Zhanna A. Maydanich, Esq., stands out as the ideal choice for estate planning in Maryland. The firm’s extensive experience encompasses all facets of estate planning, with a special focus on accommodating families navigating divorce, illness, or significant life changes. Their unique qualifications make them especially adept at addressing the distinctive requirements of families with family-owned businesses, ensuring a secure future for both family and business in Maryland.

What is the role of a will in the probate process?

A will, commonly known as a “Last Will and Testament,” serves as a crucial legal document guiding the probate court on the distribution of one’s property after death. It designates a personal representative entrusted with the authority to manage the deceased’s estate. Throughout the probate process, this representative oversees property identification, debt settlement, and distribution according to the court’s order as outlined in the will. The will’s effectiveness relies on the probate court’s validation, marking the official appointment of the personal representative to act on behalf of the estate.

How does ZM Law Group address estate planning for families with unique circumstances?

ZM Law Group recognizes the diverse circumstances families may face, such as divorce, illness, or changes in family-owned businesses. Their expertise lies in tailoring estate planning to meet these unique needs. Whether guiding families through transitions or assisting in succession plans, ZM Law Group ensures comprehensive assistance in executing predetermined estate plans. Their commitment to addressing specific family situations underscores the importance of early preparation for future steps.

Why is it essential to have a personal representative for your estate?

Having a personal representative for your estate is pivotal in the probate process. This representative, appointed following the probate court’s validation of the will, assumes the crucial role of managing the deceased individual’s affairs. Their responsibilities include overseeing property, settling outstanding debts, and ensuring the court-ordered distribution of remaining assets. ZM Law Group emphasizes the significance of having a designated representative to navigate the complexities of court proceedings after the loss of a loved one, offering support and guidance for families during this challenging time.

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Baltimore County:

Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

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Howard County:

Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Carroll County:

Eldersburg (21784), Finksburg (21048), Hampstead (21074), Manchester (21102), Marriottsville (21104), Taneytown (21787), Union Bridge (21791), Westminster (21157, 21158), Mount Airy (21771), New Windsor (21776), Sykesville (21784), Woodbine (21797), Taneytown (21787), and more.

Harford County:

Aberdeen (21001), Abingdon (21009), Bel Air (21014, 21015), Darlington (21034), Edgewood (21040), Forest Hill (21050), Jarrettsville (21084), Joppa (21085), Pylesville (21132), Whiteford (21160), White Hall (21161)

Anne Arundel County:

Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).

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