question I previously posted. (1) I noticed on the MD court website for my mother's estate, with the docket of forms already filed with the court, the PR has listed $0 in inventory of household belongings filed. I've become aware an appraiser was hired to sell, donate or gift belongings... Read more »
We and three other families intend to sell our homes when our kids go to college and build one large custom home on acreage. Should we form some manner of legal entity to pool our money and deal with the builder, etc.?
The answer depends in part on whether you need funding (mortgage) or not. Funding as an entity will be different than getting funds as an individual (or couple) for a primary residence. Additionally, an LLC is not a natural person so property held by an LLC will not be anyone's principal...Read more »
recent update was filed but wasn't included in the docket information to request a copy. Why is this not listed? Also, can you tell me what are "court sealed dockets" that are not available to request a copy other than a Will held in safekeeping? Thank you.
all necessary info and guidelines for the Executor to proceed, but more importantly to avoid any unnecessary legal fees. As a beneficiary only myself, I suppose I can file a grievance with the court if need be. Can you tell me what a probate lawyer can do that I wouldn't be able to do myself... Read more »
At the outset it isn't clear if you are both the Personal Representative and an heir (or only an heir). In the average (routine) estate heirs do not engage lawyers while it is common for the Personal Representative to hire a lawyer to assist with the estate administration.
Assuming the "family home" is in the probate estate, then yes, a Personal Representative of an estate can usually sell the property without getting permission from other family members. However, the Personal Representative must report the sale to the court and get the court to sign off...Read more »
This appears like a conclusion rather than a question. However, to the extent this is a question asking whether a Personal Representative can/should avoid appraising an asset to avoid tax, that would be a very ill-advised course of action. A Personal Representative has an obligation to appraise...Read more »
I inherited a house in Maryland. The estate is in probate and I'm the executor and sole heir (I will be filling for modified administration). As I understand it, the house can be sold either by the estate or deeded to me first before the sale. For both options, when exactly in the probate... Read more »
Only had his name on it. His name solely on the mortgage, but home owners insurance both names. He had credit card debt for less than 5 grand. My mom still lives in the home and we are trying to secure it for her. If we pay the credit card debt will this help or hinder the process. We just want the... Read more »
I respectfully disagree with the other attorney's suggestion to present the marriage certificate and do a "corrective deed" -- if your father died with the house titled in his name, it must go through probate. The fact that he was married at the time he purchased doesn't change...Read more »
Not every real estate contract can be unilaterally assigned. It isn't clear whether you are asking for help drafting a Purchase Agreement with rights to assign, or whether you wish to assign an existing Agreement / Contract of Sale.
Real Estate contract clauses vary not only state to...Read more »
Most Wills say bond is waived for the Personal Representative. So this usually only comes up when someone dies without a Will. Bond basically protects the heirs and creditors when the Personal Representative runs off with the assets. Bond premiums cost money and they get paid out of the...Read more »
I am purchasing a renovated,previously vacant home in Bmore. The home was previously purchased by the Mayor and city via condemn- immed. Title and posses., then purchased by and investor who renovated it. My title company told me that I need to redeem a ground rent that was on a deed from 1967... Read more »
A title company shouldn't demand redemption, though they should make you aware if there is a ground rent that it needs to be paid. Title can (and does) routinely pass with ground rents, although redeeming can save hassle and headache down the road by eliminating the ground rent and just...Read more »
Can I write a check to my 2 year old grandson in his name. Of course, his father would have to endorse it. Would he have to set up a new account for the child?I recall getting a check as a child and it read pay to the order of my name (minor).
Maryland law allows for minors to hold funds in special accounts under the Uniform Gift to Minors Act. Such accounts have the minor's name PLUS an adult "custodian" who acts on behalf of the minor until they reach majority. The funds belong to the minor but the adult can make...Read more »
Maryland law does not require any identification of owners in the Articles. However, other important formation paperwork should identify the owning members, including the Operating Agreement and ideally Membership Certificates.
While not legal advice I hope that this general...Read more »
To give a clear answer an attorney would first need to verify the titling of the existing deed. Assuming the parents owned as "tenants by the entirety," title would legally be in the surviving father's name after his wife died. If the surviving parent owner wants to make sure...Read more »
House was legally auctioned off at tax sale and the plaintiff is in the process of foreclosing the right to redemption. Current owner (defendant) of the house has no mortgage; the deed is in their name alone. This house/owner has a child support lien on it by the State of Maryland for over $30,000... Read more »
Property tax liens tend to have super priority, meaning they stand first in line before most other kinds of liens. This means that in most cases, if proper notice is given, a tax sale foreclosure case wipes out the other liens and transfers the property free and clear of lesser liens....Read more »
By law, the surviving joint tenant (in the scenario posted, Mom) owns the house and when they die the house would go through probate. Occupants cannot stop a sale as any property a person dies owning automatically belongs to their estate. The estate is controlled by a Personal Representative who...Read more »
If you both made financial Powers of Attorney before any incapacity, the attorney-in-fact designated in the Power of Attorney would typically have power to sign off on any real estate paperwork (listing agreement, deed, etc.). If you do not have this documentation it becomes very challenging and...Read more »
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