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INFORMATION BY COUNTY

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

The Office of the Register of Wills website has more information.

 

ALLEGANY COUNTY

Register of Wills
59 Prospect Square- 1st Floor
Cumberland, MD 21502
 
Main Telephone: (301) 724-3760
Toll Free (within Maryland): (888) 724-0148
Business Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday
 

THINGS TO KNOW: The Allegany Office

  • does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.
  • recommends that clients call the office first so they can be advised on exactly what to bring with them.
  • 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.
  • A Resident Agent Form (Form 1106) is needed if the personal representative is out of state.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

Physical Address
Register of Wills
Circuit Courthouse
8 Church Circle - Suite 403
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Mailing Address
Register of Wills
Anne Arundel County 
P O Box 2368 
Annapolis, MD 21404
Main Telephone: (410) 222-1430
Toll-Free (within Maryland): (800) 679-6665
Business Hours: 8:30am- 4:30pm, Monday through Friday

THINGS TO KNOW: The Anne Arundel Register of Wills Office

  • does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.
  • requires the filing fee to be paid up front. Check or money order are acceptable.
  • The estate will be published in the Baltimore Sun.
  • Overnight and urgent documents can be sent to the physical address.

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Register of Wills
County Courts Building
401 Bosley Avenue - Room 500
Towson, Maryland 21204
 
Main Telephone Line: 410-887-6680
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-642-5387
Business Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • The Baltimore County office does not accept filings by email or fax.
  • In order to open an estate, an individual must bring:
    • Proof of death (obituary, death certificate, medical examiner’s report)
    • Original will OR if will is stored at Register’s office, a receipt for the will
    • Funeral bill
    • Car titles/appraisal value (Kelley BB okay)/whether there is a lien + lien amount or it is paid off
    • Property deed/appraisal (tax value okay)/whether there is a lien + lien amount or if it is paid off
    • Statements for value of bank accounts/stocks/insurance policies at time of death
    • Names & addresses of any interested person
    • To serve notice via certified mail for interested persons, it costs $5.50 per notice
    • 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
  • 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.
  • Forms are located at http://registers.maryland.gov/main/forms.html.
  • 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 3:00pm to be seen the same day.
  • 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
111 North Calvert Street - 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
 
Main Telephone Line: 410-752-5131
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-876-0035
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday (sees clients until 4:00pm)

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Baltimore City Register of Wills does not accept estate filings by email or by fax.
  • 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.
  • In order to open an estate, an individual must bring:
    • Proof of death (obituary, death certificate, medical examiner’s report)
    • Original will OR if will is stored at Register’s office, a receipt for the will
    • Funeral bill
    • Car titles/appraisal value (Kelley BB okay)/whether there is a lien + lien amount or it is paid off
    • Property deed/appraisal (tax value okay)/whether there is a lien + lien amount or if it is paid off
    • Statements for value of bank accounts/stocks/insurance policies at time of death
    • Names & addresses of any interested persons (To serve notice via certified mail for interested persons, it costs $5.50 per notice)
    • 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
  • Forms are located at http://registers.maryland.gov/main/forms.html.
  • 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.
  • 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
 
Main Telephone Lines: 410-535-1600, Ext 2256; 410-535-0121
DC Line: 301-855-1243
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-374-0015
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

THINGS TO KNOW: 

  • Does not accept filing via email or fax.
  • 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.

CAROLINE COUNTY

Register of Wills
Courthouse
109 Market Street - Room 119
Denton, Maryland 21629
 
Main Telephone Line: 410-479-0717
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-786-0019
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
 
THINGS TO KNOW:
  • Can only file documents by mailing (or delivering in person) hard original copy with original signature.
  • Does not accept filing via email or fax.
  • 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
 
Main Telephone Lines: 410-848-2586, 410-876-3158
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-876-0034
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

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, Maryland 21921
 
Main Telephone Line: 410-996-5330
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-398-0301
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
11 Washington Avenue
PO Box 3080
La Plata, Maryland 20646-3080
Mailing Address
Register of Wills
Charles County 
P O Box 3080 
La Plata, MD 20646-3080 
Main Telephone Lines: 301-932-3345, 301-870-3879
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-256-0054
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
 
THINGS TO KNOW:
  • The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.
  • If you are opening an estate, please arrive at our office by 3:30 p.m. to allow ample time for the process.
  • Mail sent to 11 Washington Avenue will be returned to sender.

DORCHESTER COUNTY

Physical Address
Register of Wills
Courthouse
206 High Street
Cambridge, Maryland 21613
 
Mailing Address
Register of Wills
Dorchester County 
P O Box 263 
Cambridge, MD 21613
 
Main Telephone Line: 410-228-4181
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-242-6257
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.


FREDERICK COUNTY

Register of Wills
Courthouse
100 West Patrick Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
 
Main Telephone Line: 301-600-6565
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-258-0526
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Wednesday, Friday
Thursdays: Open at 9:00 am
 
THINGS TO KNOW:
  • Does not accept filings via email or fax.
  • Appointments are recommended
  • Auditing accounts is by appointment only

GARRETT COUNTY

Register of Wills
Courthouse
313 East Alder Street - Room 103
Oakland, Maryland 21550
 
Main Telephone Line: 301-334-1999
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-334-2203
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
 
The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.

HARFORD COUNTY

Register of Wills
Mutual Fire Insurance Building
18 Office Street - 1st Floor
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
 
Main Telephone Line: 410-638-3275
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-258-0525
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.


HOWARD COUNTY

Register of Wills
Circuit Courthouse
8360 Court Avenue
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
 
Main Telephone Line: 410-313-2133
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-848-0136
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
 
THINGS TO KNOW:
  • The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.
  • 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
 
Main Telephone Line: 410-778-7466
Toll Free (within Maryland): 988-778-0179
Business Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Register of Wills
50 Maryland Avenue
North Tower 3220
Rockville, Maryland 20850
 
Main Line: 240-777-9600
Toll Free Number (Maryland Only): 888-892-2180
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

More information is available in the Estate Booklet (revised 8/2017): http://registers.maryland.gov/main/region/montgomery/Montgomerybooklet2017.pdf (En Espanol)


PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

Physical Address
Register of Wills
Courthouse
14735 Main Street - Room D4001
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20773
Mailing Address
Register of Wills
Prince George's Co.
P O Box 1729 
Upper Marlboro, MD 20773
Main Telephone Line: 301-952-3250
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-464-4219
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
 
THINGS TO KNOW:
  • If you need a wheelchair, please call the office before your visit so they can accommodate you.
  • The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.

QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY

Physical Address
Register of Wills
Liberty Building
107 North Liberty Street - Suite 220
Centreville, Maryland 21617
Mailing Address
Register of Wills
Queen Anne's County 
P O Box 59 
Centreville, MD 21617
Main Telephone Line: 410-758-0585
Toll Free (within Maryland)L: 888-758-0010
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
 
THINGS TO KNOW:
  • Extended hours are available by appointment only on the 4th Tuesday of the month in coordination with the evening meetings of the Board of County Commissioners.
  • The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.

ST. MARY’S COUNTY

Physical Address
Register of Wills
Courthouse
41605 Courthouse Drive
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650
Mailing Address
Register of Wills
St. Mary's County 
P O Box 602 
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Main Telephone Line: 301-475-5566
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-475-4821
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.


SOMERSET COUNTY

Register of Wills
Courthouse
30512 Prince William Street
Princess Anne, Maryland 21853
 
Main Telephone Line: 410-651-1696
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-758-0039
Business Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
 
The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.

TALBOT COUNTY

Physical Address
Register of Wills
Courthouse
11 North Washington Street
Easton, Maryland 21601
Mailing Address
Register of Wills
Talbot County 
P O Box 816 
Easton, MD 21601
Main Telephone Line: 410-770-6700
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-822-0039
Business Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
 
The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Register of Willis
Courthouse
24 Summit Avenue - Room 213
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
 
Main Telephone Lines: 301-739-3612; 301-739-3619
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-739-0013
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
Orphans' Court meets every Tuesday at 9am.
 
The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.

WICOMICO COUNTY

Physical Address
Register of Wills
Courthouse
101 North Division Street - Room 102
Salisbury, Maryland 21801
Mailing Address
Register of Wills
Wicomico County 
P O Box 787 
Salisbury, MD 21803-0787
Main Telephone Line: 410-543-6635
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-786-0018
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
 
The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.

WORCESTER COUNTY

Register of Wills
Courthouse
1 West Market Street - Room 102
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863
 
Main Telephone Line: 410-632-1529
Toll Free (within Maryland): 888-256-0047
Business Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

The office does not accept filings via e-mail or fax.

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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