Take Control of Your Future
The Law Office of Maureen F. May can assist and guide you in all aspects of estate planning and asset protection. We are dedicated to helping you:
- Draft a Will
- Create Trusts for Spouses and Children
- Nominate Legal Guardians for Minor Children
- Designate Trustees to Manage Assets
- Draft Medical Directives
- Designate a Healthcare Decision-maker
- Draft a General Power of Attorney
- Make End-of-Life Arrangements
- Petition to Serve as Guardian of a Disabled Person
- Answer Questions
When someone passes away, he or she may leave behind assets which require transfer to a new owner. Certain assets may constitute a probate "estate," and either Maryland law or a Will dictates the division of those assets. The Law Office of Maureen F. May can assist you in this process by:
- Assessing which assets are probate or non-probate
- Investigating and communicating with creditors, brokers, and other accounts
- Determining which fees, taxes, and other expenses apply to the estate
- Establishing the estate as a legal entity
- Communicating with Interested Persons
- Overseeing accounting of estate assets
- Settling debts and handling claims made against the estate by creditors
- Calculating and overseeing distribution of estate assets
- Preparing documents and forms for submission to the Register of Wills and its assigned auditor
We value and respect our clients, and constantly strive to deliver attentive, personalized service in every step of the legal process. We are ready to help you.
Wills and Estate Planning
Everyone over age 18 needs an Appointment of Healthcare Agent and a Will, and most adults also benefit from having a Power of Attorney in place. As a group, these documents protect your interests while you are alive and after your death. We recommend that every individual - from college students to seniors - draft these documents and keep them up-to-date.
Many people presume if they become seriously ill or injured a close family member would be allowed to manage their medical care and/or finances. Similarly, many people presume if they were to die without a Will in place, their assets would automatically transfer to a surviving spouse or surviving children. However, that is frequently not the case. Express authority must be given for someone to manage your money and make medical decisions for you. Likewise, a valid and enforceable Last Will and Testament is one way to ensure that your assets, family heirlooms, money, and other personal and real property get transferred in the way you wish. In addition to asset distribution, a Will allows you to appoint guardians and trustees for minor children, make individual bequests, and create trusts to care for your loved ones.
Power of Attorney and Medical Directives
During your lifetime, having a valid and enforceable Appointment of Healthcare Agent and Power of Attorney can protect your personal well-being and your assets. If you are seriously injured, legally incompetent, ill, or otherwise unable to handle your affairs, having these documents already in place will keep life running more smoothly amid chaos. Drafting these documents ensures someone you trust will be managing your affairs.
Adult Disabled Guardianship
Maureen May represents and counsels individuals seeking appointment as legal Guardian of the Person and/or Guardian of the Property for disabled persons. In separate proceedings, Mrs. May is routinely court-appointed counsel for alleged disable persons. She also welcomes the opportunity to act as court-appointed Guardian of the Property of disabled adults.