Asked in Probate for Maryland

Q: What document can be used to support/prove intestate inheritance in MD for the death of a spouse 21 years ago?

My husband died without a will. All our "known" assets were joint owned so we did not see a need for probate since all he had went to me as surviving joint owner. I need some documented proof of inheritance to claim & sell some previously unknown property out of the country inherited by my deceased spouse. His share of the property is valued at $30,000. Officials executing the transaction are requesting formal documentation like "letters of verification" identifying me as his heir.

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Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: There is no statute of limitations on filing a probate. I've filed DC estates that were over 20 years old. Your biggest problem may be that $30,000 was more than a small estate 21 years ago in Maryland, so I think you need to file a regular estate, and the procedures last millennium were less streamlined than they are today. You will need to inventory and account in Maryland, but the non-probate assets will remain part of the augmented estate.

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