In Maryland, an heir is a person who is entitled to receive property or assets from the estate of a deceased person when the deceased dies without a valid will. Maryland’s intestacy laws govern how the deceased person’s estate is distributed when there is no will, and they determine who is considered an heir and what share of the estate each heir is entitled to receive.

Under Maryland law, the deceased person’s surviving spouse and children are typically the first in line to inherit the estate when there is no will. If the deceased person has no surviving spouse or children, their parents, siblings, or more distant relatives may be considered heirs and may be entitled to a share of the estate.

It is important to note that the rules governing intestacy and inheritance can be complex, and they may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the deceased person’s estate. In addition, the existence of a will, trust, or other estate planning documents can also affect who is considered an heir and what share of the estate they are entitled to receive. It is recommended to consult with a qualified attorney to understand the laws and rules related to inheritance and estate planning in Maryland.

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