Experienced Maryland Estates Attorney Guides You Through Probate

The process of probate typically accompanies a painful emotional loss. Knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorney Elizabeth Forgotson Goldberg eases the stress of probating your loved one’s estate and guides executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate
Most executors have never or only rarely probated a will and know little about the process. Elizabeth Forgotson Goldberg can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

  • Filing the will with the appropriate Maryland county probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate
Elizabeth Forgotson Goldberg assists executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating assets of an estate. We have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, we call upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate disputes
Even for seemingly straightforward estates, disputes between beneficiaries sometimes arise. Elizabeth Forgotson Goldberg ’s professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interest of our clients to preserve cordial familial relationships, Elizabeth Forgotson Goldberg is adept at mediating disputes. That said, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights within the Maryland probate court when doing so is necessary.

Contact a thorough estate planning lawyer
For legal services in Bethesda and throughout Montgomery, Prince Georges’ and other metropolitan area counties in Maryland and in Washington D.C., call Elizabeth Forgotson Goldberg at 301-229-3735 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.