Register of Wills for Howard County

The Register of Wills is responsible for appointing personal representatives to administer decedents’ estates and for overseeing the proper and timely administration of these proceedings. We also perform the following duties: assist and advise the public in the preparation of all required forms; maintain and preserve the permanent record of all proceedings; serve as the Clerk to the Orphans’ Court; track estates and refer delinquent matters to the Court; determine and collect inheritance taxes and probate fees/court costs; audit accounts of personal representatives and guardians; mail various notices and court orders to interested persons; and, verify compliance with court orders. As a service, we provide safekeeping for wills of living persons.

Crimes Against Seniors and Vulnerable Adults

Elder abuse is underreported nationwide and in Montgomery County—a May 2011 study found that only 1 in every 24 cases of physical abuse or neglect involving a senior was reported.

The same study found that only 1 out of every 44 cases of financial exploitation was reported.

Between 2-5 million older Americans experienced abuse over one year, and many experienced it in multiple forms.

In 2013, 29% of those over 65 have a disability.

Between 2010 and 2040, the Montgomery County senior population is projected to grow from 119, 770 to 254,530 a growth of 113%.

In recognition of this changing demographic, we created the Crimes Against Seniors and Vulnerable Adults Unit in the State’s Attorney’s Office to aggressively prosecute crimes against seniors, and to protect vulnerable members of our community.

Howard County Office on Aging and Independence

Howard County’s Office on Aging and Independence is your trusted source of information on programs and resources that promote independence, healthy aging, social connectedness, and caregiver support. We are here to help you navigate the aging services network so you can grow, thrive, and live with dignity.

To understand more about your options including:

  • Caregiving
  • Housing
  • Exercise and Nutrition
  • Tax credits
  • Long term care
  • Legal matters
  • Medicare
  • Opportunities for social engagement
  • And more….

Contact us to speak with a Maryland Access Point (MAP) Information Specialist at 410-313-1234. To view local resources visit the digital Howard County 2022 Resource Guide at https://www.mydigitalpublication.com/view/custom-media-options/howard-county-resource-guide/2022-howard-county-resource-guide

Office of Consumer Protection

The Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is the agency responsible for enforcing the County’s consumer protection laws which prohibit unfair and deceptive business acts in order to ensure a fair marketplace for consumers and businesses. Since being established as an office in 1971, we’ve been nationally recognized for the way we protect consumers and are proud of the services that we provide to the Montgomery County area. The OCP:

  • investigates and resolves consumer complaints;
  • mediates business-to-business disputes;
  • engages in consumer education and outreach;
  • regulates and licenses certain industries: auto repair, towing, appliance and consumer electronics repair, secondhand personal property dealers, commercial parking lots, new home builders and sellers; and
  • administers several County programs: Domestic Worker Law, Patient Advocate, and Public Election Fund Liaison.
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Mid-Atlantic ADA Center – TransCen, Inc.

Aging, Disability, and the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law designed to make sure that people with disabilities have equal access to public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and places that are open to the general public. If you live with a disability, or if you care for someone who does, do you know what rights and protections the ADA provides?

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, a project of TransCen, Inc,. has the answers you need. The Center is one of ten regional ADA Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and training on the ADA. The ADA Centers are not enforcement or advocacy agencies, but helpful sources of information and personalized guidance on the requirements of the ADA.

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center lists helpful information and resources for older people and those that serve them on their Aging and Disabilities page.

Aging and the ADA: Why You Should Care About the Americans with Disabilities Act is a fact sheet that provides a quick overview of the ADA and what it covers.

ADA and Caregivers: Frequently Asked Questions addresses questions often posed by caregivers and the people who need their assistance.

Call the toll-free information line: 1-800-949-4232 or visit ADAInfo.org.

Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County

The Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County has been helping county residents, students, and employees resolve conflict for the last 20 years.

The free mediation services that CRCMC provides are designed to help anyone in the county looking to develop solutions to their problems with family members, friends, loved ones, neighbors, landlords, tenants, co-parents, employers, business partners, and many more!

If you or someone you know could benefit from our free services, all you need to do is reach out to the center and we will being the process immediately.

Contact us by visiting us online at www.crcmc.org or by calling our office during regular business hours at 301-652-0717.

Interested in supporting CRCMC’s programs and efforts? Donations are always appreciated and go a long way in helping strengthen the community peace by peace. Make a donation by visiting www.crcmc.org/donatenow

Maryland Comptroller Unclaimed Property

Maryland Unclaimed Property’s top priority is reuniting Marylanders with their lost or misplaced property. The Comptroller’s Office tries to locate the rightful owners of stocks, bonds, savings accounts, security deposits, contents of safe deposit boxes, insurance proceeds and other valuables which are reported to us as unclaimed by banks and other financial institutions after three years. Real property (land) is not included.

Over the years, we have reunited over $1 billion in cash and items to their rightful owners.

The owners/companies or their legitimate heirs can claim the funds at any time. There is no statute of limitations. You can search our records online free of charge.

Cigna

At Cigna, we’re more than a health insurance company. We are your partner in total health and wellness. And we’re here for you 24/7 – caring for your body and mind. As a global health service company, Cigna’s mission is to improve the health, well-being, and peace of mind of those we serve by making health care simple, affordable, and predictable.

Cigna is proud to support the energizing efforts of the Baltimore County Department of Aging. Together, we’re finding ways to help people get healthier and live their best lives.