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Update History

  • MODIFICATIONS TO FORMS have been approved by the Maryland Court of Appeals, effective January 1, 2016. A list of affected forms can be found HERE. Updated forms are available on this Website and at all Register of Wills Offices. Prior version of forms will be accepted until May 1, 2016.

  • MARYLAND ESTATE TAX RETURNS: Effective July 1, 2015 the Maryland Estate Tax Return is filed directly with the Comptroller. The form, with new filing instructions, can be found here - MET 1

  • PAPER REDUCTION INITIATIVE: A change to the law, Estates & Trusts 2-209, effective for estates opened on or after October 1, 2014, authorizes the Register of Wills to retain an electronic copy of filings and return the original documents associated with the estate (EXCEPT WILLS AND CODICILS) to the Personal Representative. The Registers are presently developing standards in accordance with this law change and will post them here in the near future.

  • MODIFICATIONS TO PETITIONS (forms RW1112; RW1103; RW1135; RW1147 and Supporting Schedules A, B, C) have been approved by the Maryland Court of Appeals, effective May 1, 2013. The forms and form packets have been updated. They are now available on this Website and at all Register of Wills Offices. Previous versions of forms will be accepted until September 1, 2013.

  • SMALL ESTATES: Changes effective October 1, 2012
    • Persons dying on or after October 1, 2012, Small Estate value is $50,000 or less. (If spouse is sole heir or legatee, $100,000)
    • Persons dying prior to October 1, 2012, Small Estate value is $30,000 or less. (If spouse is sole heir or legatee, $50,000)

  • CLAIMS:
    • As of January 1, 2008, All claims filed with the Register of Wills must have a Certificate of Service with service on the Personal Representative.
    • Effective January 1, 2009, no claim will be accepted without a Certificate of Service with service on the Personal Representative.
    • The new claim form is available for download in our forms section.