Too many residents of Maryland and the DC area fail to understand the seriousness of their estate falling into probate after they die.  In essence, if you do not have a will or estate plan that designates where your assets are to be distributed, and by who, your estate falls into probate.  What does that mean?  Instead of your loved ones controlling what’s rightly theirs, control of your assets will revert to the state.  If you would rather have your assets controlled by the ones you love than a state employee, then it’s important to act.  Look into estate planning in Washington, D.C. and ensure that your estate is managed according your desires, goals, and intentions.