Practice Areas: Wills and Estates
Many legal issues arise when a person dies, including the protection and disposition of property, payment of debts, guardianship of minor children, who would administer an estate, taxes which might need to be filed, and many other matters. If a person has a will, then the person may express the specific desires of the person as to what should happen. If a person does not have a will, then the intestacy statute and other statutes will govern what will occur. Legal concepts and terms you would likely need to know include probate property, non-probate property, how titling of property affects disposition, guardianship, taxes, creditor claims, order of priority for right to appointment as executor, fiduciary responsibilities of an executor, domicile of a decedent, the procedural steps involved with administering an estate, and what the Court may consider in making a decision. How these legal concepts interrelate to each other is also important.
It can be quite confusing and complicated. Do you know the law? Do you know how the law applies to the facts of your case? Do you know the rules of evidence? Shouldn't you find out? Shouldn't you have someone who knows the law to protect your rights and interests? Only an attorney can do so for you.
Since 1986, Donald J. Arnold has been successfully representing individuals to protect their rights with wills and estates. Mr Arnold is authorized to practice law in all state and federal trial and appeals courts covering Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland Law School, with honors, 1986, and was admitted to the Maryland Bar that same year, having passed the Bar Exam on the first attempt. He was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in 1987, the U.S. Court of Appeals (Fourth Circuit) in 1991, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993.
For more information or an appointment call (410) 838-2542 or outside Harford County 1-888-808-0449. Mr Arnold prefers initial potential client contact to be by telephone or appointment in person, with use of e-mail being reserved for existing clients after an appropriate attorney-client relationship has been formally established.
To paraphrase founding father Benjamin Franklin, a person who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.
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