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Will Preparation / Filing

Will Prepartion Estate Lawyer Westminster Law Offices Carroll County Estate Planning Attorney: Will Preparation, Filing of Wills, Financial Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Advanced Healthcare Directives, Healthcare Power of Attorney. Carroll County: Westminster, Sykesville, Eldersburg, Finksburg, Hampstead, and more. (additional areas)

What types of documents do you need when planning for your loved one's future and the distribution of your property after you are gone? If you die without a will, the transfer of your assets will be governed by statute and the State of Maryland will impose its will for you.

It may be difficult for you to think about these things. Preparing these documents ahead of time is a gift you can give to your family, friends, loved ones, and doctors. This makes things easier for them because they won't have to guess what kind of treatment you want or don’t want.

Customized Estate Plans:

Each estate has its unique requirments and there are a variety of ways to set up an estate plan. I will review the pros and cons of the different options, draft the necessary documents and assist you in implementing your customized estate plan. During the process, we will go over questions such as:

  • Are there children involved?
  • Are there divorced spouses involved?
  • Are there special circumstances to consider such as blended families, adopted children, special needs or disabilities in the family?
  • Do you have special pets you would like to include in your will?
  • How large is the estate?
  • Is it a simple estate or complex estate?
  • Do you have any type of retirement accounts; such as a 401(k) plan, 403(b), IRA, or Roth IRA?
  • Do you own stocks or bonds?
  • Do you own property?
  • Would you or your family benefit from setting up a life estate deed?
  • What stage of life are you in?
  • How is your health?
  • Is estate planning becoming more important for you?
  • Would you like some of your money to go to charities?
  • If you own a business, do you have a succession plan?


Will Preparation and Filing of Wills:

New wills are prepared with your best interests in mind. From simple, small estates to large, complex estates, I can prepare a customized will to meet your specific needs.

As a service to the public, the Register of Wills for Carroll County accepts wills for safekeeping of living persons.  There is a nominal fee of $5 for each will placed with the Register of Wills for safekeeping.  A will held in safekeeping is usually placed in a box or vault by the Register of Will for protection.  This gives the maker of the will peace of mind that their will is safe.  You won’t have to worry about misplacing your will or it becoming lost or destroyed.  A will in safekeeping is not filed and therefore not public record until a person dies and their estate has been opened with the Register of Wills.  A will in safekeeping may be removed at any time by the maker in person.  There is a Register of Wills in every county and the City of Baltimore and each office provides this safekeeping service. 

Update Existing Wills:

There are many reasons for updating an existing will. Some of these may include changes in martial status, changes in beneficiaries, changes in asset distribution, planning for second marriages and non-joint children, planning for special needs children, planning for disabled family members, and other life changing events.

Living Wills / Healthcare Directives to Physicians and Families:

A healthcare directive will include a living will and appointment of primary and secondary health care agents for you. A living will addresses your feelings about life support in certain medical conditions. Health care agents will make health care decisions for you when you are unable to communicate for yourself and will look to your living will for direction from you on what you want done.



"Gary Desper and his associates are top notch! They helped my parents get organized with their estate and wills. They also did power of attorneys for their finances and healthcare. Best part is that they will come to you! I would highly recommend the Desper Law group for all of your Elder Law needs."


"My husband and I were looking for an attorney's office who would draft a will for us in a timely and cost-effective manner. We decided to give Gary Desper's office a try because the testimonials on their website were positive and glowing. I can't say enough how grateful we are for their services! From the beginning, the conversation with their executive assistant, Michelle, was easy and comfortable. Sitting down with Gary for our will interview was informative and helpful! We really appreciated his thought process in guiding us to make the best decisions for ourselves and our family. The price for everything was exactly what we were looking for and is less expensive than most other firms in the area. (Believe me, I called around and checked!) After the will interview, he drafted up the documents quickly and we were given time to review them and change anything that we wanted to. We had clarifying questions that were answered right away. The will signing day was a happy one, with the comfort and peace of mind in knowing that we're doing what Gary would say is "the best gift you can give to yourselves", and it truly is! Gary Desper and his team felt like family to us, and that's how a business should be run. Look no further than this office!"


" My husband and I were extremely pleased with Gary’s services. He was very helpful and knowledgeable in answering our questions concerning our wills. He explained the law to us in layman’s terms so it was easy to understand, and he also explained aspects of the law that were specific to our circumstances. Gary was very personable and made this a pleasant experience."


"I did my estate planning with Mr. Desper, and he also updated my deed to add my wife. The process was very professional, and I felt that I was in good hands throughout. Some of the choices that go into estate planning are extremely significant, and Mr. Desper provided the legal background to make it easier to understand the ramifications of the decisions. I found Mr. Desper to be very warm and personable, and he was very patient and willing to answer any questions that my wife and I had. Also, his assistant Dawn was very nice, professional, and responsive. I highly recommend Mr. Desper and plan to continue using his professional services in the future.


"I was so satisfied with Gary and his team, my wife and I asked Gary to prepare our wills and medical directives. Again, he quickly and professionally prepared and executed our documents, even filing them with the County Register of Wills.

I will definitely use Gary's services in the future and highly recommend The Law Offices of Gary Desper for your legal needs!!!"


"We had Gary Desper prepare our Wills and other associated documents a few years back. Recently we needed to update those documents. Gary is professional, thorough and helpful. He also advised us regarding a property question and we were grateful for his advice because he presented us with a viable and simple solution. We always recommend Gary when friends are seeking legal help, because we know he can be trusted."


"We just completed our wills and other necessary legal decisions with Gary Desper. We so appreciated his affable personality as he fully explained legalities in ways that we grasped quickly and answered all our questions. The support staff is there to serve the clients as well. Everyone is congenial, efficient, and made this process very positive. Gary provided excellent service in guiding us to make safe and beneficial decisions. Bravo! and thank you very much!"

---L and W, Sykesville


"My husband and I recently had Gary write our wills and living wills (including guardianship wishes). He also added my name to the deed to our house (my husband purchased the house while we were still dating). He was very friendly and easy to talk to. We were looking for an experienced lawyer who wasn't too old or stuffy that we would be able to use now and in the future, if needed. Gary definitely fit this to a t. He not only was able to do the legal paperwork, but he was a pleasure to work with and even helped explain legal terminology I didn't understand without being condescending like some lawyers. I would recommend Gary to anyone looking for a down to earth lawyer who knows what he's doing!!"




Attorney Estate Planning & Administration: Areas We Serve

Carroll County Attorney Services Wills, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Probate

Carroll County Estate Attorney Serving: Alesia, Carrollton, Carrolltowne (21784), Detour, Eldersburg (21784), Finksburg (21048), Frizzelburg (21158), Gamber (21048), Gaither, Greenmount, Hampstead (21074), Harney, Henryton, Jasontown, Keymar, Lineboro, Linwood, Louisville, Manchester (21102), Marriottsville (21104), Middleburg, Millers, Mount Airy (21771), New Windsor (21776), Sykesville (21784), Taneytown (21787), Union Bridge (21791), Uniontown, Westminster (21157, 21158), and Woodbine (21797).

Baltimore County Attorney Services Estate Planning, Wills, Estate Administration, Probate

Baltimore County Estate Attorney Serving: Catonsville (21228), Cockeysville (21030), Glyndon (21071), Granite (21163), Homeland (21212), Lutherville (21093), Milford Mill (21244), Monkton (21111), Mount Washington (21209), Owings Mills (21117), Parkton (21120), Phoenix (21131), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Roland Park (21210), Ruxton (21204), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204, 21252, 21284, 21285, 21286), Upperco (21155), and Woodstock (21163).

Frederick County Attorney Services Estate Planning & Administration

Frederick County Estate Attorney Serving: Adamstown (21710), Ballenger Creek (21703), Bartonsville (21704), Bonosboro, Braddock Heights (21714), Brunswick (21716), Buckeystown (21717), Burkittsville (21718), Clover Hill (21702), Discovery (21793), Emmitsburg (21727), Frederick, Graceham (21788), Green Valley (21770), Hasonville, Ijamsville (21754), Jefferson (21755), Knoxville (21758), Ladiesburg (21759), Lewistown (21701), Libertytown (21762), Lake Linganore (21774), Linganore (21704), Middletown (21769), Monrovia (21770), Mount Airy (21771), Mt Airy (21771), Myersville (21773), New Market (21774), New Midway (21775), Petersville, Point of Rocks (21777), Rocky Ridge (21778), Rosemont (21758), Savillasville(21780), Spring Garden (21793), Sunny Side, Thurmont (21788), Tuscarora (21790), Urbana (21704), Utica (21702), Walkersville (21793), Wolfsville (21773), and Woodsboro (21798).

Howard County Attorney Services Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Administration, & Probate

Howard County Estate Attorney Serving: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044, 21045, 21046), Cooksville (21723), Dayton (21036), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21042, 21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Guilford (20763), Hanover (21075, 21076), Highland (20777), Marriottsville (21104), Owen Brown (21044), Savage (20763), West Friendship (21784), and Woodbine (21797).

Anne Arundel County Attorney Services Estate Planning & Administration, Wills

Anne Arundel Estate County Attorney Serving: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Brooklyn Park (21225), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Deale, Edgewater, Ferndale, Fort Meade, Gambrills (21054), Germantown, Gibson Island, Glen Burnie (21060, 21061, 21062), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Linthicum, Odenton, Pasadena (21122), Rivera Beach, Severn (21144), and Severna Park (21146).

Montgomery County Attorney Services Estate Planning and Administration

Montgomery County Estate Attorney Serving: Ashton (20861), Aspen Hill (20853, 20906, 20916), Bethesda (20814, 20815, 20817), Barnesville (20838), Brookville (20833), Burtonsville, Cabin John (20818), Calverton, Chatsworth, Chevy Chase (20815), Clarksburg, Cloverly, Damascus (20872), Derwood (20855), Fairland, Forest Glen, Gaithersburg (20882, 20878, 20879), Garrett Park, Germantown (20876), Glen Echo, Kensington (20895), Laytonsville, Montgomery Village, Olney (20832), Poolesville, Potomac (20854), Rock Creek, Rockville (20850, 20851, 20853), Silver Spring (20904, 20905, 20906), Takoma Park (20903, 20910, 20912, 20913), and White Oak (20904).