This was part of a day-long course presented to an audience of sitting Circuit Court and Orphans Court Judges as part of the ongoing educational programs presented by the Judicial College of Maryland. This course covered contested Wills, testamentary and Inter vivos trusts,  and contested guardianships. These materials describe the leeway courts have in admitting “extrinsic” evidence of the intent of the maker of the document at a trial. Extrinsic evidence is evidence beyond the mere language of the instrument.