Estate Planning and Elder Law Lawyer in Hagerstown

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  • A University of Baltimore School of Law graduate and former Registered Nurse, Bonnie A. Winders is compelling and persuasive in her fight for your rights. You can count on her to stand by your side when you need it the most.

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A former registered nurse, Bonnie A. Winders was a strong patient advocate. Her past
experience allows her to express the highest level of compassion and care.

Elder Law Lawyer in Hagerstown, MD

From retirement, health care or nursing home issues, Bonnie A. Winders can assist you in elder law services having 23 years of experience in the field.

Estate Planning Lawyer in Hagerstown, MD

Plan ahead for your future and make sure your estate will be in the hands of the people you love without complications. We will assist you from determining your assets to drafting a will or trust.

Estate Administration Lawyer in Hagerstown, MD

Bonnie A. Winders will aid you in all the processes for estate administration, we will assist you even up to inventory and accounting, and representation in the Register of Wills.

Medical malpractice Lawyer in Hagerstown, MD

Whether it be a medical malpractice in a hospital or a nursing home, we will aid you to fight for your right and claims. Medical malpractice is no joke.

Guardianship Law Lawyer in Hagerstown, MD

Obtaining a legal guardianship is a tedious process and we are willing to guide you and make things lighter for you. Call us today.

Special Needs Planning Assistance in Hagerstown, MD

We understand your specific needs for your unique situation. We are here to assist you make the right decisions and planning for your child’s future.



Pete McMillin

Bonnie is great to work with. She really knows her stuff and understands how long term care works.
She knows the law and the needs of families caring for loved ones.

Pete McMillin

Bonnie is great to work with. She really knows her stuff and understands how long term care works. She knows the law and the needs of families caring for loved ones.



Is Jointly Owned Property a good estate Plan?

It can be in certain circumstances, but it is not right for all situations. Jointly owned property as an estate plan:

  • Creates risk because other owners are given complete access to assets and can use the funds for their own purposes. Assets are also available to the creditors of all joint owners.
  • Can lead to inequity among heirs.
  • Might create confusion and chaos if one of the joint owners dies before another and there is no plan in place.

What happens if you die without a will?

When someone dies without a will, which is known as dying intestate, the state is responsible for deciding all property that will be distributed. In community property states, this means the deceased’s property is given to his or her spouse. Property that is owned in joint tenancy is automatically distributed to the joint owner. Any property held in a trust goes to the trust beneficiaries. Dying without a will also means the probate process will likely take longer and be more complicated.

How long do you have to file probate after death?

Probate can generally begin immediately after someone dies, but must take place within the allotted time period following death, which varies from state to state. In most states the deadline is approximately three to five years. Most probate takes a few months, but can be longer in more complex situations with that are usually related to taxes or the sale of property in an estate. Smaller estates might not be eligible for probate until 30 days after death, but is complete upon filing.

Can An Estate Be Administered With A Missing Heir?

Yes. However, the probate process is more complicated if heirs are missing. Each state has its own laws regarding missing heirs, but in general, there must be a genuine effort made to find the heir. When the heir is unable to be located, property is held in trust for a length of time based on state laws and then passed to the next heir in line. If there is nobody next in line, legal ownership transfers to the state.

Contact Attorney Bonnie A. Winders

Use the contact form below to reach out to Bonnie A. Winders and let us schedule our appointment for a consultation. You can also call us at (301) 665-9145. Discuss your legal matters with us.

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