Q: Is a testamentary will sufficient to avoid probate in Maryland VA even if you own a home?
A: First of all, where in Virginia is Maryland? Which state's law is at issue?
Second, a testamentary will is one of the two ways (intestate being the other) to get INTO probate. A Will does not avoid probate.
Third, other than learning it from a poorly written TV script or a fraudulent weekend seminar, please explain why you need or want to avoid probate.
A: In a word, "NO." A will does not avoid probate. A planner may have good reason to want to avoid the process and expense of probate (which typically involves costs to include a commission to the PR, newspaper publication, attorney fees and probate fee, though the probate fee is not particularly onerous in Maryland). Note that keeping something out of probate does NOT avoid inheritance or death taxes if those apply, though it may well save time and money for other reasons.
There are two primary ways to avoid probate. The easiest is to simply designate a beneficiary by title. Alternatively, in appropriate situations the planner may wish to create a revocable trust during their lifetime and transfer property to the trust so that a Trustee can take charge after the planner's death and disburse property without need for court oversight or approval.
While I hope that the above helps, it doesn't take the place of sitting down with an estate attorney.
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