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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: My son in law passed and i have legal custody of both of his children and i'm representing the estate can we rent the

home without transferring the loan?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 1, 2022

Yes, the property can be deeded through the estate to the minor children, and the lender on the mortgage may not accelerate the loan or declare the loan balance due, but must accept continuing mortgage payments made on their behalf; however, the mortage lien remains on the property, so nonpayment... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: If someone goes in through a window that is already open and then leaves 5 minutes later without stealing

Nobody was hurt or threatened nor was there intent to commit any crimes

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 29, 2022

That is the crime of breaking and entering.

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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Maryland on
Q: In probate who designates the surviving descendants as administrator - the courts 4 siblings or ? Can any of us apply?

No will, only verbal designation. Deceased resident of Albuquerque New Mexico

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 1, 2022

The law of the state of residence where the decedent dies governs. Appointment of an executor or personal repesentative is set forth by statute. In an estate with no will (known as an "intestate" estate) a typical state's satute would list, in order of priority, those persons who... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: My bf is being held in pa prison due to interstate detainers from md. Who do I contact in md to get him picked up on

These detainers so he doesn’t have to sit longer and can be released

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 28, 2022

Maryland has already been informed. The Maryland jurisdiction that wants him has to arrange to send officers to go pick him up. The time can vary based on jurisdiction, available officers, distance to travel, etc. Week to two weeks perhaps. A Maryland attorney retained to represent your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Maryland on
Q: for a children custody case when the one parent fails to pay for what he agreed to, does he pay my lawyer fees?

what is the law for breach of contract for family matter when it comes to his children's obligations?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 28, 2022

An award of attorney's fees is an available remedy when filing a motion to enforce a support obligation and for contempt of a court order requiring the payment. The decision to award fees, and how much, is in the discretion of the judge.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: I am the mortgage lender on a commercial property and the buyer died. How do I get the balance due on the loan?

The heir apparent is the present owner of the property and is willing to continue making payments on the existing loan. How do I obtain an agreement to this effect.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 1, 2022

The federal Garn-St. Germain Act signed by President Reagan in 1982 addresses this issue, and not in your favor. You would do well to read over the act, in particular, subsection (d), which exempts and overrides all due on sale or transfer clauses in residential mortgages and real estate loans... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: In the state of Maryland do I need to be informed if there was previously a meth lab on the property I just purchased?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 26, 2022

No, not specifically. If this is a normal purchase of a residential property (e.g., not a foreclosure sale), then the seller must "disclose any latent defects of which the [seller] has actual knowledge that a purchaser would not reasonably be expected to ascertain by a careful visual... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: If I have a gun charge am I eligible?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 24, 2022

Eligible for what?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Q: For family law penal code 12-104.1 the parent only needs to be sentenced to an 18 month sentence or more, correct?

If I'm given a 2 year sentence and I serve 14 months on that sentence am I still eligible for penal code 12-104.1

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 24, 2022

Yes, arrearages do not accrue during the period of incarceration and for 60 days after your release. The threshold for suspension of the obligation is a sentence of incarceration of 180 days or more.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: I need to find a lawyer for my boyfriend who is being held unlawfully in jail and his 8th Amendment is being violated
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 24, 2022

Anyone in jail can probably use a lawyer. 8th Amendment refers to the Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. That Amendment is rarely found to apply to most circumstances. You will need to be very specific about what is cruel and unusual in order to evaluate whether there... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Collections for Maryland on
Q: I would like to challenge the jurisdiction of a MD District court. I do/did not live in MD at the time of service.

Does payment to a credit card made from an address in the MD district in 2010 qualify as minimum contact? I currently live in FL and I lived in PA when the suit was filed in 2013. The only thing tying me to MD at all is this one payment.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 24, 2022

No, unless the suit involves the transaction itself in Maryland, such as you entered into a contract to purchase a product or service in Maryland and paid the initial payment toward the contract there before leaving. Mailing a check to a credit card company from Maryland or paying toward the credit... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: If the prosecutor missing something out your discovery, can that get your case drop and do you no about the hick law
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 24, 2022

Unlikely. If the prosecution fails to disclose something they may be precluded from using it at trial, or they may be compelled to produce it, and the defendant may have grounds to request a postponement to prepare their case based on its late production, or a new trial might be ordered if the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: What is Maryland statue of limitations on a misdemeanor criminal citation for possession of cds not Maryjane

We got pulled over on February 8th 2022 I was giving a misdemeanor criminal citation and released from the spot we got stopped since then I never received a preliminary hearing and I haven't been sent a court date think it's a year that Maryland has to charge me or dismiss my charges?... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 23, 2022

The citation is the charge, and that meets the statute of limitations for charging you after the date of the offense. The issue is whether your speedy trial right under the Constitution has been violated, and the answer is not found in a clearly stated number of days, but has to do with a weighing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Maryland on
Q: How do you phrase a will to prevent unknown heirs from applying for inheritance?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Anyone not named in a Will gets nothing if your will specifically names those whom you want to receive your estate. The only exception is the statutory right of a surviving spouse (married at time of death) to elect one-third of your estate regardless of what your will says. If you are concerned... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Maryland on
Q: I'm a barber I want to put a marvel character on a flyer to promote my Barber business Is this copy right infringement?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 21, 2022

There's a joke among lawyers: "A picture is worth a thousand words, but when that picture is protected by image copyright, the picture is only worth three words: cease and desist."

No, you cannot use a copyrighted or trademarked image owned by another in the sale or marketing...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Health Care Law for Maryland on
Q: My daughter is 18, still under my insurance. Her co-pay and uninsured procedures exceed $200. Who pays that extra bill?

I can't afford a lawyer but currently submitting on my own. I've texted my ex to no avail. I want to submit legal paperwork but unsure how to get started.

Thx

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Unless the date of service for the healthcare that resulted in the bill occurred before she turned 18 (or after she turned 18 but was still enrolled full-time in high school before completing her senior year), then the obligation to pay any deductibles and co-pays is hers alone, since she is now an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I insinuate or "threaten" to break a solar contract that's already been installed?

I recently had solar panels installed in MD. It was verbally stated and explained how it would be installed: inverter inside in the basement, shutdown switch outside in the front, and conduit running on the side of my home hugging the downspout. The installers didn't do this and performed the... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 20, 2022

You have a breach of contract action that is unlikely to be material enough to allow you to rescind the contract, give back all the solar panel equipment, and get a full refund. You will be stuck with your contract. Your damages will be measured by the cost to correct and repair any faulty... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for Maryland on
Q: If a case has been dismissed voluntarily without judgement, how long does the plaintiff have to retry the case in MD?

The case is for credit card debt. Are there any typical reasons they would voluntarily dismiss the case without judgement?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 20, 2022

If the dismissal is "without prejudice" then they can re-file suit so long as they do so within the original statute of limitations, which is 3 years in Maryland for typical credit card debt. The 3 years begins to run from the date the last payment under the credit card agreement became... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Is there a Rule on a default expiration for Court Orders in family law, when a child is 18, sans a motion by the parties

There is Court Order of Consent between the parties prior to the kids reaching the age of 18. I was order to pay child support. To stop paying child support, I motioned to the Court that the child was 18 and no longer needed financial support. It was granted. However, there are other clauses in the... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 19, 2022

If your daughter is over 18 now, in the absence of any agreed terms that specifically continue past the age of 18 (such as an agreement to share health insurance costs to a certain age, college tuition, etc.), then the obligations end at 18 insofar as your child goes. A lawyer would have to review... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Maryland on
Q: How do I know if my estranged husband has filled for divorce?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 19, 2022

If he files in Maryland, you can look up the case using the Maryland Judiciary Case Search online docket search, simply by searching for your or his name. Google it. If you suspect he filed in another state, you will have to determine whether that state has an online docket you can search. In... Read more »

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