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Making a Last Will and Testament in Maryland
A Maryland Last Will and Testament (a "Will") is a legal document that sets forth your wishes related to asset distribution after death, including who will inherit your personal belongings, your money, or your home.
The individual making a Will is called the "testator," while the person or entity being appointed to oversee the testator's estate after death is known as the "executor." Designed for residents of Maryland, this free Last Will and Testament is made for use in Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Baltimore County, and in every other county throughout the state. Each Maryland Will from Rocket Lawyer can be customized to address your specific circumstances. With this essential legal document on hand, your executor(s) will have a record of your decisions.
It's simple and easy to document your preferences using a free Maryland Last Will and Testament template from Rocket Lawyer:
This route is often notably less expensive than hiring and working with your average law firm. If necessary, you can prepare a Last Will and Testament on behalf of your spouse or another family member, and then have that person sign it once you've drafted it. Please keep in mind that for a Will to be accepted as valid, the testator must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. In the event that the testator has already been declared incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship may be necessary. When managing this scenario, it is a good idea to work with an attorney.
If you are over 18 years old, you should have a Last Will and Testament in place. Though it can be challenging to think about, your loved ones will want to know your preferences in relation to guardianship (when applicable), your assets, and your property when you pass away. Here are some common situations in which you might consider it useful to make or update your Will:
Whether your Maryland Last Will and Testament is being drafted as part of a long-term plan or made in response to a recent change in your life, witnesses and/or notarization are strongly encouraged as a best practice for protecting your document if someone disputes its authenticity.
Writing a Will is typically simple; however, you or your executor(s) might still have legal questions. The answer may vary depending on whom you reach out to, but sometimes an attorney will not even accept requests to review a document if they did not work on it. An easier approach to consider is to get help via the Rocket Lawyer On Call® network. With a Premium membership, you have the ability to request advice from an experienced lawyer or pose additional legal questions about your Will. As always, we are here for you.
The cost of finding and hiring a traditional legal provider to make a Last Will and Testament could add up to between $200 and $1,000, depending on where you are located. Unlike the other sites that you might stumble upon, Rocket Lawyer offers much more than a Last Will and Testament template. If you ever require support from a lawyer, your membership offers up to 40% in savings when you hire an attorney from our network.
Upon completing the document with the help of Rocket Lawyer, you'll be able to retrieve it from your account wherever and whenever you choose. With a Rocket Lawyer membership, you will be able to edit it, print it out, or sign it. Alongside your Maryland Will, you will find a set of directions that you'll need to finalize the document. Make sure to keep your original signed document in a secure location. It is important that at least one person knows where to find it after your passing.
The rules governing Wills will vary in each state; however, in Maryland, your document needs two witnesses. As a general rule, witnesses must be mentally competent people of sound mind. Furthermore, it is a best practice that your Will be notarized in order to emphasize the credibility of the document.
Maryland Last Will and Testament Laws: Md. Code, Est. & Trusts § 4-102
A Last Will and Testament doesn't have to be filed with the county until the testator has passed away. Filing the Will (along with any specific forms requested by the county) initiates probate.