Probate is the process by which a deceased person’s financial affairs are concluded and their assets are transferred to their legatees (if through a will) or heirs (if without a will). Because many people pass away with minimal probate assets, the State of Maryland provides a less burdensome process by which assets can be transferred for such estates.
When the value of a decedent’s property subject to Maryland probate is less than $50,000 (or less than $100,000 when a surviving spouse will be the sole legatee or heir), the estate under is allowed to be considered a “small estate” and use a simplified set of probate rules.
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A popular client question has always been, “How long should I keep my tax returns?” My answer is something many neither expect nor want to hear. Many tax professionals, and even the IRS, suggest discarding tax documents after a certain period of time: 3 years, 6 years, etc. after filed. My answer is usually, “Never.”
Those saying a certain number of years usually base it upon a particular IRS statute of limitations deadline. IRS can audit a return after it’s been filed for 3 years under normal circumstances, for 6 years if there is a “substantial understatement”, and forever if there’s fraud. Therefore, since you’re confident you’re not committing fraud, you should be safe at least after six (6) years, right? No.