You shold have a lawyer help you with a probate estate. These matters are too complicated to handle without a lawyer.
I do not know what kind of estate taxes are imposed by the State of Maryland. There are no federal estate taxes unless the value exceeds $5 million.
However, I suggest you do not distribute any proceeds without making sure that all the estate affairs are in order. This includes gathering claims from all the possible creditors, paying the legitimate claims, fighting about illegitimate claims, paying the lawyer, paying the personal representative, preparing and paying any state or federal taxes, etc. Only when all these items are complete, can you distribute funds to beneficiaries.
I hope this helps.
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