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Free legal information and tools to help you assert your rights under federal, state, and local consumer laws that apply to Maryland. 

We cover Bankruptcy, Probate & Maryland Inheritance LawUnemployment BenefitsWage & Hour Laws, and Democracy & Voting Rights.

Access to Justice for Maryland Consumers has been providing free tools and information to Maryland consumers since 2006.

Free Tools and Information for Maryland Consumers

Maryland Inheritance Law & Probate Procedure

    • Probate Court for Your County: Key information about your local probate court (Orphans Court & Register of Wills Court in Maryland) for Your County.
  • How Probate Works in Maryland: How to handle the probate of an inheritance at Your County's probate court.
  • Small Estates Procedures in Maryland: Learn how to use Maryland's Small Estate procedures that can save you time and money.
    • In Maryland, there's no Affidavit procedure available for small estates. There is a summary probate procedure available for estates that have a value of assets subject to probate that is less than $50,000. (This excludes the value of all joint tenancy property and other assets that pass by beneficiary designation, such as life insurance and transfer on death accounts.)

      This summary probate procedure is also available if the surviving spouse is the only beneficiary and the estate is worth $100,000 or less.

      Md. Code Ann. Estates and Trusts 5-601.

  • Maryland Estate Taxes:
    • The state of Maryland imposes an estate tax on property owned in Maryland. If you are inheriting property from the state of Maryland, it may be subject to estate tax if the overall value of the estate is more than $5,000,000.

      Maryland also poses and inheritance tax. It is the only state to have both.

  • Avoiding Probate in Maryland. Find out what property bypasses probate death and goes directly to beneficiaries. such as:

Maryland Wage & Hour Law

  • Maryland Minimum Wage:  
    • The minimum wage in Maryland is $15 an hour. Because this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employees in Maryland must be paid at least $15 an hour.

      Montgomery County Minimum Wage

      In Montgomery County, the minimum wage is $16.70 per hour for employees who work for employers with more than 50 employees. For those who work for smaller employers, the minimum wage is $15 an hour. 

  • Overtime Pay: Every state has rules about weekly maximum hours and overtime. Learn about the overtime laws in Maryland and whether they apply to you.
  • Wage Claims: If you're being unlawfully underpaid, you need to learn how to file a "Wage Claim" in Maryland. 
  • Tips : Every state has special pay rates for tipped workers. Find out the rules for tipped workers in Maryland.
    • In Maryland, your employer may pay you a minimum wage of $3.63 an hour, as long as you earn enough in tips to bring your total hourly pay up to the full minimum wage, $15 an hour. If you don’t earn enough in tips to bring your compensation to the full minimum wage, your employer must make up the difference.

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