Need more control?
Nobody has the perfect family situation. When you don’t have a basic last will then divorce, remarriage, or a partnership without marriage can complicate your wishes and the court’s ability to divide your assets fairly. Perhaps you haven’t spoken to your father in 20 years and prefer your mother to receive all of your assets. Or you have had a long relationship with someone who is not legally next-of-kin but who you think deserves a share of your assets.
If you recently entered into a same sex marriage in Maryland, or were married elsewhere and have now moved to Maryland you should execute a new set of estate planning documents that supports your new relationship.
Did we mention that in Maryland, your last will can include your wishes for your pets as well?