Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Probates

As a family business, we are passionate about settling legal issues between family members—your family members. We dedicate ourselves to matters of family with respect to the laws of the nation, state, county, and the city of Baltimore.

We bring you through the cold realities of property disbursement with our legal knowledge and our hearts. We treat your family's properties and legacies with legal intellect and respectful compassion.

Health care documents, wills and probate

Living Will

A living will explains and details your wishes to your family and physicians on the subject of health care options should you become incapacitated in an end-stage medical condition. If you wish to live on indefinite life support, let your loved ones know far in advance with a properly prepared and executed living will. Remember that the law designed living wills for the convenience of flexibility, so they require periodic updating on a regular basis.

Last will and testament

Don't die intestate (without a will)! Wills precisely express what is to be done with a person's belongings after he or she dies.

Most states require legal signatures, one from the person whose name is on the will and then one each of two witnesses. Don't let an improperly constructed or improperly executed will cause a court to dismiss your will and ignore the wishes you have thoughtfully expressed about the disposition of your estate. Let your will fit the letter of the law with worry-free planning by the Law Offices of Maria K. Caruso.

Probate

Probate is a court-operated legal proceeding that settles debts and titles to property passed from a decedent to his/her heirs. Probate proceedings take place in courts established in the county where a decedent lived until the time of his/her death. If your loved one's estate is probated, we can enter the process and manage it for you with detailed care and due diligence. But bring us into the process during your planning stage so we can give you all the advantages of estate planning.

Estates and trusts

An estate contains the money, assets, and debts that belonged to a decedent. A decedent transfers wealth to heirs and beneficiaries through the estate. In the planning stage, we use wills, trusts, powers of appointment, powers of attorney, and medical powers of attorney (living wills) to make the most of an estate's value after taxes. We often create trusts, sometimes in conjunction with wills and sometimes as an alternative to wills. Sometimes trusts make it easier for decedents to leave financial gifts to philanthropic endeavors, to non-profit organizations, and even to pets.

You want safe and effective passage of your wealth to your loved ones. Secure your wishes and their future with the superior options that our experience has to offer.

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