While family may have a natural desire to know what planning documents an elderly relative has in place, those details are private and there is ordinarily no obligation for a grandparent (or other planner) or the person named as attorney-in-fact to reveal the details to any other relative....Read more »
He made another neighbor cut off about a two-foot section of their driveway because it was on his road. He is refusing access to this road. It is classified as a Right-of-way. He says he has a lawyer and is trying to make neighbors sign a form saying they will remove all encroachments and not... Read more »
To the question "How can I find out who legal owner of [a particular road or property] is?" A survey and/or a title search can usually answer the question. A title search goes through the land records and can reveal whether someone lawfully owns X sq. feet of land or show whether or not there...Read more »
Whatever the broker and the property owner agree to. Maryland law does not mandate any kind of brokerage commission for private sales, though there usually are reasonable and customary "norms." If you call several brokers you will probably get a pretty good sense of the normative range (e.g.,...Read more »
My mum passed away leaving only a car with a trade in value of $17000. The car has been paid off by credit insurance but the bank has reposed the car and would not release it to me until I prove am authorized to be given account information. I am the only imediate family member residing in the... Read more »
He said I had to pay for blueprints n other work he had done while we were trying to come to an agreement. That shouldn't be on me for improvement to his building correct. He has 12 grand my entire savings. I m a single mom who is still out of work I need my money back
The answer will vary dramatically depending on whether this was a commercial or residential lease.
Residential leases have very clear guidelines on how a security deposit is handled and strict timeframes for return of the deposit. Commercial leases on the other hand generally are up to...Read more »
I responded by telling her it was my understanding I could challenge the buyer's appraisal by having my agent call the lender. My agent agreed to make the call. However, I'm concerned as to why my agent was untruthful with me about my right to contest. The home is under contract, but I'm concerned... Read more »
Federal law requires that lenders give a copy of the appraisal to the BORROWER for residential loans. This is an expansion and relatively recent change in the law - historically lenders didn't give copies of the appraisal to anyone, including the buyer/borrower, even...Read more »
Typically you'd want an attorney to help draw up the contract (or review a contract presented by a buyer) and advise on mandatory disclosures. Depending on the situation an attorney might also assist with negotiation and/or attend settlement if so desired.
If a retirement account has no beneficiaries, it usually defaults to the estate of the deceased. An estate attorney can help navigate the process of estate administration and you're encouraged to seek legal advice if you are the personal representative listed in the Will (or family member of...Read more »
Executor is one of the 3 benificary. 2 siblings have seen the Will only telling the third that the house is listed to be divided equally. 3rd has not seen the Will. Has asked for a copy & is ignored. The individual passed away 12/14/2019. What happens when a house is involved in an inheritance of 3... Read more »
As another attorney noted, a Will is a matter of public record once an estate is opened. Additionally, once an estate is opened notice is specifically sent to all interested persons in the estate. The law does not set an exact time to open an estate after someone dies, but a personal...Read more »
My mother's estate was opened in VA in Jan. She owned a home in MD. I am being told there is a mandatory 6 months waiting period per MD law so that Creditors can file a claim. However I was under the impression the property could be sold immediately but the proceeds would then be held in escrow for... Read more »
Maryland law does not mandate waiting 6 months to market/sell property, but proceeds should not be disbursed to heirs until 6 months have passed, any payments are prioritized according to the order set forth in MD law and the court has approved the accounting.
There are several different taxes that can come into play when you transfer property, so it helps to know which you mean. Although some may recommend keeping title as-is and letting everything pass through probate, in my view the simplest and most cost-effective approach to easily transfer...Read more »
If the question is asking about how to transfer property titled in a deceased's name when they died, the only way to do this is by first opening up an estate and then by recording a Personal Representative's deed. No one can sign a dead person's name after they die.
As another attorney noted, all lawful debts need to be paid before assets get distributed to heirs. That said, Maryland law requires that debts be paid in a certain order before any of the heirs can inherit estate property. Some debts (for instance funeral bills and some medical bills), may have...Read more »
Generally speaking, wills valid in the state of original domicile remain valid if the planner moves. A will may become void in some cases of changed circumstances, such as if a planner both marries and has children after creating their will, but a valid will does not become "void" based solely on...Read more »
People can jointly own property several ways. If married, they can own in Maryland as tenants by the entirety, joint tenants with rights of survivorship or as tenants in common. The way these types of co-ownership transfer at the death of one of the owners is very different. When a joint...Read more »
In figuring out who inherits, the law tends to only looks at who survived the Decedent AT THE MOMENT OF THEIR DEATH. The answer may vary a bit depending on whether the Decedent had a will or died without a will. (Wills commonly specify that someone needs to survive by a brief period, say 30 or...Read more »
My father brought a house with his first wife, he divorced and married my mother, when he died his name and his first wife name was on the title. My mother brought his ex wife half. Now my mother has died and my father name is still on the house. I was told me his daughter had the same rights... Read more »
A deed can be recorded anytime after it is signed, but how an unrecorded deed affects other people's rights in a particular piece of property depends on the specific facts of the situation. Very generally speaking someone who pays market rates for real estate and is unaware of any other deeds can...Read more »
It is strongly advised to use an attorney to initiate foreclosure proceedings. Maryland law allows for reimbursement of the tax sale purchaser's attorney fees up to a specified dollar amount upon redemption, so nearly all of the time a certificate holder will use an attorney who can help answer...Read more »
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