Estate Planning and Probate

Estate Planning & Probate Lawyers

At Haskell & Zimmerman in Upper Marlboro and Prince Frederick, we work with Maryland clients at every stage of life to arrange your affairs, ensure the estate is disposed of according to your wishes, to simplify the probate process for your loved ones, and to minimize estate taxes.

If you have questions about estate planning, trust or probate administration, or Orphan's Court litigation, we invite you to call (301) 627-5844 or contact us online .

Estate Planning in Maryland

Depending on your situation, one or more of these documents may be needed as part of an overall strategy protect your loved ones from probate and unnecessary estate taxes:

  • Will (simple or complex)
  • Living will
  • Advanced directives
  • Trusts
  • Powers of attorney

We can also help you explore gifting strategies that minimize the taxes for your beneficiaries and your estate.

Maryland Probate and Trust Administration

When a loved one passes away, it can be difficult to concentrate on the legal matters at hand. During an emotional time, we can take care of the legal and financial details of probate or trust administration.

We represent executors or administrators of estates in probate and trustees during trust administration. We will help you comply with the probate laws, account for debts and assets, and distribute assets. Contact us to find out how we can help you.

Litigation in Orphan's Court

Attorneys Don Zimmerman and Bill Haskell have been representing clients in Orphan's Court for more than 30 years in cases such as:

  • Caveats (will contests) regarding undue influence, competing wills or other issues
  • Estate litigation regarding the administration of probate
  • Trust litigation, such as disputes about breach of fiduciary duty, the distribution of trust assets or the legal construction of trust documents

Our firm frequently resolves Orphan's Court disputes through negotiation - we estimate we successfully resolve estate matters out of court in 85-90% of our cases. If a trial is necessary, we have the experience and resources to represent you powerfully in litigation or appeal. Contact us to discuss your situation.