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Estate administration issues may affect Maryland residents

Maryland residents may be interested in an estate-related legal proceeding that is currently taking place in another state. Reports indicated that the two surviving sisters of a deceased woman are currently at odds over who should take control over the decedent's estate. While the estate is worth more than originally thought, each sister is said to be reporting a different value. As a result, the estate administration has not yet moved forward.

One sister is reporting that the estate is worth $656,000. She hopes to administer the estate of her late sister. However, the other sister also hopes to be appointed the administrator of the estate, and she believes the value totals $550,000. She also believes that she should receive half of the estate. Other individuals close to the deceased indicated that the dispute came as a shock because they did not believe the woman's estate was worth much. 

Though the woman's funeral was held in September, the report went on to state that her remains are currently being held at a mortuary because one sister does not want the body to be cremated. It is unclear how long the litigation may take and how long the remains may stay at the mortuary. Both sisters involved in the dispute have obtained legal counsel. 

When issues arise pertaining to estate administration, the disagreements could lead to legal problems, as this case shows. In many instances, it may be necessary to take legal action in order to ensure that a loved one's estate is being handled correctly. If Maryland residents are facing similar issues, they may wish to consult with experienced attorneys.

Source: sfgate.com, "Rose Pak's body on ice while sisters squabble over estate", Emily Green, Nov. 22, 2016

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