Q: I'm settling my mom's estate in Maryland and gave the grandchildren her furniture. Do I need to hire an appraiser?
An appraisal is required for most tangible personal property that the decedent dies owning. Under Maryland law a Personal Representative can only value certain kinds of personal property (e.g., automobiles with a blue book value). Unfortunately furniture is not in the list of items a Personal Representative can value themselves. The law on this is found in the Estates & Trusts article of the Maryland Annotated Code.
While not legal advice, I hope that this helps.
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