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INFORMATION BY COUNTY

Below is a list of Register of Willis offices for each county in Maryland. 

 

ALLEGANY COUNTY

Register of Wills

59 Prospect Square- 1st Floor

Cumberland, MD 21502

(301) 724-3760, (888) 724-0148 (toll-free)

Business Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

THINGS TO KNOW:

  1. The Allegany Office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.
  2. The Allegany Office recommends that clients call the office first so they can be advised on exactly what to bring with them.
  3. A Resident Agent Form (Form 1106) is needed if the personal representative is out of state.
  4. The Allegany Office does not publish then notice in the newspaper. If publication is required, the office will provide the client with necessary form, but the client must go to the newspaper office to pay for the service.

 

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

Physical Address

Register of Wills

Circuit Courthouse

7 Church Hill Circle

Annapolis, MD 21401

(410) 222-1430, (800) 679-6665 (toll-free)

Business Hours: 8:30am- 4:30pm

Mailing Address

Register of Wills

Anne Arundel County

P.O. Box 2368

Annapolis, MD 21404

Note: overnight and urgent documents can be sent to the physical address.

THINGS TO KNOW: 

1.The Anne Arundel Register of Wills Office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.

2. The Anne Arundel Register of Wills Office requires the filing fee to be paid up front. Check or money order are acceptable.

3. The estate will be published in the Baltimore Sun.

 

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Register of Wills, County Courts Building

401 Bosley Avenue-Room 500
Towson, Maryland 21204
(410) 887-6680, (888) 642-5387 (toll-free)

Business hours: 8:00a-4:30p Monday-Friday

THINGS TO KNOW:

1)      The Baltimore County office does not accept filings by email or fax.

2)      In order to open an estate, an individual must bring:

a.       Proof of death (obituary, death certificate, medical examiner’s report)

b.      Original will OR if will is stored at Register’s office, a receipt for the will

c.       Funeral bill

d.      Car titles/appraisal value (Kelley BB okay)/whether there is a lien + lien amount or it is paid off

e.       Property deed/appraisal (tax value okay)/whether there is a lien + lien amount or if it is paid off

f.       Statements for value of bank accounts/stocks/insurance policies at time of death

g.      Names & addresses of any interested person

h.      To serve notice via certified mail for interested persons, it costs $5.50 per notice

i.      If the primary trustee of the will is out of state, the party must bring in the name of an individual in Maryland who can accept service and documents for that person

3)      Fees can be paid by cash, check, or money order, made out to the Register of Wills and are typically calculated at the time the person meets with the estates deputy in the office. (Credit cards are not accepted.) The payment chart is listed online and can be found at http://registers.maryland.gov/main/fees.html.

4)      Forms are located at http://registers.maryland.gov/main/forms.html.

5)      There are two ways to meet with the office: either schedule an appointment in advance or drop-in during office hours. If dropping in, arrive NO LATER THAN 3:00p to be seen the same day.

6)      The most common problem staff notices: people not bringing bank statements or other interests because they can’t access them after the person’s death. The Register’s office will try to help person figure out how to access these before they schedule another appointment for the person to come back in.

 

BALTIMORE CITY

Register of Wills

Courthouse East

11 North Calvert Street, 3rd Floor

Baltimore,  Maryland 21202
(410) 752-5131, (888) 876-0035 (toll-free)

Business Hours: 8:30a-4:30p Monday-Friday (sees clients until 4:00pm)

THINGS TO KNOW:

1)      Baltimore City Register of Wills does not accept estate filings by email or by fax.

2)      The State of Maryland recommends that each individual looking to open an estate make an appointment with an estates deputy. To make an appointment in Baltimore City, call the above-listed numbers during their business hours.

3)      In order to open an estate, an individual must bring:

a.       Proof of death (obituary, death certificate, medical examiner’s report)

b.      Original will OR if will is stored at Register’s office, a receipt for the will

c.       Funeral bill

d.      Car titles/appraisal value (Kelley BB okay)/whether there is a lien + lien amount or it is paid off

e.       Property deed/appraisal (tax value okay)/whether there is a lien + lien amount or if it is paid off

f.       Statements for value of bank accounts/stocks/insurance policies at time of death

g.      Names & addresses of any interested persons

                                                              i.      To serve notice via certified mail for interested persons, it costs $5.50 per notice

h.      If the primary trustee of the will is out of state, the party must bring in the name of an individual in Maryland who can accept service and documents for that person

4)      Forms are located at http://registers.maryland.gov/main/forms.html.

5)      All payments for publication (when publication has to be run on the estate) must be made by money order, made out to “The Daily Record.” Fees for the Register of Wills office can be paid in cash, check or money order made to the Register of Wills. The payment chart is listed online and can be found at http://registers.maryland.gov/main/fees.html .

6)      The administration office suggested that if we get a client attempting to open a small estate in Baltimore City, to get information about date of death, the size of the estate, how many interested parties are in the estate, and basic pertinent information; then to call the administration office for that individual and give the information to get a thorough list of what is needed, such as the fees that will need to be paid (e.g., payment for publication in the Daily Record, etc.), the amounts that will be due, and forms of payment that are required (e.g., cash, check, or money order).

 

CALVERT COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse, 175 Main Street

Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678

THINGS TO KNOW: 

  • Can only file documents by mailing hard original copy with original signature.
  • Probate fee is not paid up front, while some offices require you to pay postage for notices , Calvert doesn’t. If it’s a judicial fee, you do need to pay filing fee with notice up front. Checks are acceptable method of payment.
  • Estates are published in the Calvert Recorder. The county won’t bill you for the publication, however, the newspaper will.
  • In this country there’s no bonding company, you have to get bonding company to get your bond.
  • Margret Phipps ext 2254

 

CAROLINE COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse, 109 Market Street - Room 119,

Denton, Maryland 21629

  • Can only file documents by mailing (or delivering in person) hard original copy with original signature.
  • All filing fees must be paid up front, Checks are accepted
  • Estates are published in the Times Record.

 

CARROLL COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse Annex

55 North Court Street - Room 124

Westminster, Maryland 21157

Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

(410) 848-2586, (410) 876-3158, (888) 876-0034 (toll free within Maryland)

THINGS TO KNOW:

  1. The Carroll County office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.
  2. Publication is in the Carroll County Times. The Register will send the Times an order of publication, and then the Times bills the personal representative.

 

CECIL COUNTY

Register of Wills

Circuit Courthouse

129 East Main Street, Suite 102

Elkton, MD 21922 – 0468

(410) 996-5330, (888) 398-0301 (toll free within Maryland)

Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

THINGS TO KNOW:

  1. The Cecil County office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.
  2. Publication is in either the Cecil Whig or the Cecil Guardian, and must be prepaid. The paper will either give the personal representative a receipt to take back to the Register, or fax the receipt directly to the Register.

 

CHARLES COUNTY

Physical Address

Register of Wills

Courthouse

11 Washington Avenue

P.O. Box 3080

La Plata, Maryland 20646-3080

(301) 932-3345, (301) 870-3879

 

Mailing Address:

Register of Wills, Charles County

P.O. Box 3080

La Plata, MD 20646-3080

  • Note: Arrive by 3:30 p.m. if you plan to open an estate

 

 

DORCHESTER COUNTY

Physical Address

Register of Wills, Courthouse

206 High Street

Cambridge, Maryland 21613

(410) 228-4181

Mailing Address:

Register of Wills, Dorchester County

P.O. Box 263

Cambridge, Maryland 21613

 

FREDERICK COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse

100 West Patrick Street

Frederick, Maryland 21701

(301) 600-6565

  • Appointments are recommended
  • Auditing accounts is by appointment only

 

GARRETT COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse

313 East Alder Street – Room 103

Oakland, Maryland 21550

(301) 334-1999

 

HARFORD COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse

20 West Courtland Street – Room 304

Bel Air, Maryland 21014

(410) 638-3275

 

HOWARD COUNTY

Register of Wills

Circuit Courthouse

8360 Court Avenue

Ellicott City, Maryland 21043

(410) 313-2133

  • Please call before going to open an estate so that staff members can explain what will be required

 

KENT COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse

103 North Cross Street

Chestertown, Maryland 21620

(410) 778-7466

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Register of Wills

Judicial Center

50 Maryland Avenue, North Tower 3220

Rockville, Maryland 20850

(240) 777-9600

 

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse

14735 Main Street – Room D4001

Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20773

(301) 952-3250

 

QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY

Register of Wills

Liberty Building

107 North Liberty Street – Suite 220

Centreville, Maryland 21617

(410) 758-0585

 

SAINT MARY’S COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse

41605 Courthouse Drive

Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

(301) 475-5566

 

SOMERSET COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse

30512 Prince William Street

Princess Anne, Maryland 21853

(410) 651-1696

 

TALBOT COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse

11 North Washington Street

Easton, Maryland 21601

(410) 770-6700

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Register of Willis

Courthouse

24 Summit Avenue – Room 213

Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

(301) 739-3612, (301) 739-3619

 

WICOMICO COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse

101 North Division Street – Room 102

Salisbury, Maryland 21801

(410) 543-6635

 

WORCESTER COUNTY

Register of Wills

Courthouse

1 West Market Street – Room 102

Snow Hill, Maryland 21863

(410) 632-1529

Source: 

Sharon Martin and William L. Rodowsky, Practicing pursuant to Rule 16 of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar of Maryland – University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (2014-2015).

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