Are you at the point in your life where you need a will? This has nothing to do with age, assets or a positive net worth. In the unfortunate event that something happens to you your estate, heirs and loved ones will be taken care of. You need the help of an experienced Maryland attorney handling wills in the Elkton, Aberdeen, Bel Air and Towson, MD areas.

Please contact the Towson estate planning lawyers at The Law Offices of John P. Downs. With offices in Elkton, Havre De Grace, Bel Air and Towson he has the experience to help you with your estate planning needs.


You’ve heard that if you do nothing else to take care of your legal affairs, you should write a will, and it’s pretty good advice. If you don’t make a will before your death, state law will determine who gets your property and a judge may decide who will raise your children (and either or both may not be whom you would have chosen). Writing such an important document can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be.

If all you need is a basic will, you can confidently use a good do-it-yourself book or software to make a legally binding however that is in no way a wise move. There is a large margin for error and that can jeopardize your entire estate planning solution. Ultimately you need an attorney handling wills as that will minimize the margin for error and will ensure that:

  • your property is willed to the people and organizations you choose
  • a guardian is named to care for your minor children if you can’t
  • someone of your choosing is named to manage property you leave to minor children (yours or someone else’s), and
  • names your executor, the person with authority to make sure that the terms of your will are carried out.

Contesting A Will In Maryland

Many times Maryland residents will embrace the administration of a will for the closure and peace of mind it offers them. This feeling of relief can be even more pronounced if there was conflict regarding the estate leading up to its administration. At The Law Offices of John P. Downs our Towson estate planning lawyers are deeply committed to assisting our clients and their loved ones resolve any estate litigation issues that arise. We strive to do this quickly and effectively while taking into account the emotional issues surrounding the dispute. All avenues of legal recourse are examined in an effort to reduce the amount of stress placed on the family. If you are involved in contesting a will or defending its provisions, you can schedule an initial consultation by contacting The Law Offices of John P. Downs.

Matters Regarding a Will Contest

Individuals and or multiple family members can legally contest a will for numerous reasons. At The Law Offices of John P. Downs, our Bel Air Maryland estate planning attorneys have a wealth of experience handling a vast array of will contesting matters. This is both in terms of contesting the will as well as defending them and can involve the following:

Undue Influence Allegations

Improper Will Amendments

Wills Lacking Necessary Witness Signatures or Other Formalities

Questions Surrounding Mental State of Will Creator at Time WIll Was Drafted

Other Situations Resulting in Will Contests/Disputes

Caring Estate Planning Attorneys

Confronting a will dispute can be a very stressful and time consuming task. When grieving the loss of a loved one it can be even more inundating. At our Elkton estate planning law office, our estate planning lawyers are incredibly sensitive to these concerns and commit ourselves to resolving the dispute so you and your loved ones can begin healing.

Contact A Towson Lawyer Handling Wills

You need to protect your interests during a will contest.  Our estate planning attorneys have the necessary skills and experience to help you through it. Please feel free to contact The Law Offices of John P. Downs to schedule an initial consultation. Our Cecil County office number is (410) 398-0313. Call us today as we look forward to meeting with you and discussing legal avenues for dispute resolution.