Category: Probate

Protecting Intellectual Property with an Estate Plan

If you are a business owner or have a leadership role in a business, you probably have some form of intellectual property (IP) that you have created, and that IP should be protected.  What happens to this type of intellectual property after you pass?  Will you be able to protect how it is used and… Continued

Preserving Your Inheritance In Maryland

Whether you are planning to leave a small savings account, a long-established IRA, or a legacy of wealth, inheritance issues are best resolved before you pass on.  As a matter of fact, there are some legal strategies you can take now to minimize inheritance taxes, avoid probate in Maryland, and reduce fighting amongst your heirs. … Continued

How To Handle Social Media Accounts After Death

Social media is an important part of our lives these days. Most seniors, who use the internet, are on Facebook or other platforms, which can be a great way to stay in touch with family and friends. Other forms of social media have grown in popularity in the last decade as well, including Instagram, Twitter,… Continued

12 Mistakes to Avoid During Probate

As the executor of an estate, also called the Personal Representative in Maryland (hereinafter referred to a PR), you have certain legal obligations and a fiduciary duty to take certain actions, or inactions, on behalf of the estate.  Otherwise, you may be held personally liable to the beneficiaries of the estate.  Below are 12 mistakes… Continued

Is Your Family Inheritance at Risk for Probate?

If a family member dies, it is important to have a will in place but a will may not protect the family’s inheritance from probate, taxes, or creditors such as Medicaid.  Here are some considerations for ensuring that your family will receive their fair share of assets and how to preserve their inheritance during the… Continued

When is Maryland Probate Necessary?

The death of a loved one is always a tragedy.  In the aftermath of your loved one’s passing, it is expected that family members, significant others, and close friends will grieve, pay respects to the deceased, and share stories and memories. Unfortunately, there are legal aspects of a death that must be dealt with as… Continued

What You Need to Know After the Death of a Loved One

Following the death of your parent, spouse, partner, or other family member, it may be difficult to do anything but grieve.  This is the time to be with family and focus on your own emotional well-being.  However, there are countless legal issues that must be addressed, relatively quickly.   In some cases, the estate administration process… Continued

What to do When a Loved One Dies

No one is ever prepared for a loved one to pass, nor do we like thinking about it. The funeral ceremony can make a significant difference for those who are grieving a loss. It is essential to have a personalized and meaningful ceremony that helps friends and family members reflect on their relationship with their… Continued

What is Probate and Why Should I Care?

What is Probate and Why Should I Care? When an individual dies, unless, they have a trust, their assets first have to pass through probate before they can be transferred to beneficiaries. Probate is the legal process of validating a person’s will and making distribution pursuant to the terms of the will. During probate, the… Continued

Frame & Frame Welcomes Attorney Veronica Zoberbier

Frame & Frame Attorneys at Law welcomes Attorney Veronica Zoberbier to the firm. Veronica will be leading the firm’s estate planning practice in Frederick, MD. Veronica has been working in the legal field since 2001 and is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association. Her areas of expertise include Wills, Trusts and Powers of… Continued