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Q: Is a codicil that allows someone to live in one's home still valid after the deed has been changed?

My father had a codicil drawn up about 23 years ago that would allow his lady friend to stay in his home until she died or moved. The house was deeded in his and my late mom's name. He died in 2012. About 7 years before then he added my one brother and me to the home deed. It has become a... Read more »

Cedulie Renee Laumann answered on Jun 19, 2019

It would be difficult for an attorney to answer without seeing the actual documents in question.

Very generally, a deed supercedes a will or codicil. That is because a will can only control what property someone dies owning in their own name. If person A makes a deed that leaves...
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Q: What is the definition of church and religious organization for Maryland? Massachusetts has defined church.

In this section a church shall mean a church or synagogue building dedicated to divine worship and in regular use for that purpose, but not a chapel occupying a minor portion of a building primarily devoted to other uses, and a school shall mean an elementary or secondary school, public or private,... Read more »

Mark Oakley answered on Apr 19, 2019

The term is defined differently for different purposes, and your question is not sufficiently narrow enough to give the context in which you would like the definition applied. For example, Maryland permits religious entities such as churches to incorporate as a religious corporation, and the term... Read more »

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Q: Is there any legal action when a man gives a woman rings as promise to marry, and has been supporting her financially

I only receive SSDI and have 2 minor children that are not his. He has provided us financial support plus a car title to him and a lifestyle for about 10 years. Now he wants the relationship over. Can I get any support

Bennett James Wills answered on Apr 17, 2019

If you are not legally married then you would not be entitled to support after a breakup. Likewise, the children are not entitled support since they are not his.

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Q: If a family member obtained written permission to fire guns on the property & the relatives die, is the permission null

The property has not changed ownership due to family disagreements and homesteading.

Mark Oakley answered on Mar 24, 2019

Whomever is the lawful owner of the property now has the authority it grant permission. Past permission granted by deceased owners is no longer effective. If more than one person is the lawful owner, any one of those persons may grant authority, although a dispute among owners over the issue will... Read more »

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Q: Is there a conflict of interest? and if it was a paralegal would there is be a conflict of interest?

An attorney is currently employed at a government agency that is now investigating a firm that he (the attorney) use to work for. The attorney is being asked to assist with the investigation of his former firm.

Timur Akpinar answered on Mar 2, 2019

There could possibly be one in either instance.

Tim Akpinar

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Q: How do I found out how to legally record video and audio in my car while driving for Lyft in Baltimore?

I called an attorney and the Attorney General Office, Transportation dept. and they didn't know. I am waiting for a call back.

Mark Oakley answered on Dec 8, 2018

You clearly advise all passengers before recording them that you record them on video and audio while in your car. If they get in and ride with you after that notice, they have consented and it is legal. You cannot record audio in Maryland without the knowing consent of the other person. It is a... Read more »

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Q: I won my case in court in 2013, but I have not received a dime in years. How can I get my money when the person does not

work, has no assets that I can take possession of, and receives public assistance. Should I just assume that I will never get my money and there is nothing else that can be done?

Mark Oakley answered on Oct 13, 2018

That’s pretty much it. Getting a judgment is just half the battle. Collecting it is the hardest half. A money judgment in MD is enforceable for 12 years, and earns 10% simple interest per year. Before the expiration of the 12 year term, you can file a written request/notice to renew the judgment... Read more »

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Q: Can you take possession of an abonded vehicle? If so, how? Legally speaking of course.

Mark Oakley answered on Aug 22, 2018

The problem you will have is with transferring title. You will need to run the tags or, if no tags, the VIN, to try and identify the current titled owner, and secure the title transfer. If you can’t do that, there is a legal procedure set forth in the Transportation Code (link below) for the... Read more »

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Q: Is my ex stalking me it's been 3 weeks and he won't stop contacting me I've blocked 20 numbers he contacts me on

We weren't even together for 3 months I've had to block him on social media I've blocked his friend on Facebook I've blocked 20 numbers that hes used to contact me and yet he still finds more numbers to use to contact me this has been going on for 3 weeks now I've asked him so many Times to leave... Read more »

Mark Oakley answered on Feb 13, 2018

Go to the website below and download the Petition for Protection from Domestic Violence form, fill it out, and take it to the District Court location in your jurisdiction, and ask to meet with someone from the domestic violence help desk and file the petition. You will be taken before a District... Read more »

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Q: I was made executor of my sons estate when he was killed in auto accident in 2006.

I paid all bills associated with this but made some very bad decisions such as not filing inventory or following thru with any other kind of responsibilitys such as giving monies to his mother. What can the state do to me and how can i rectify my mistakes. I have changed my way of life now and want... Read more »

Ronald V. Miller Jr. answered on Apr 19, 2016

I'm not sure I totally understand your question. I'm doubt the state is looking to bring a claim against you but I don't know the specifics. Good job getting your life together. God bless!

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Q: My son fell on My neighbors car with his bike now he wants me to pay $250 for 3 tiny pre-existing scratches

Ronald V. Miller Jr. answered on Apr 19, 2016

If the scratches are preexisting, you would win. But if they are not, your neighbor would have a valid claim against you. I can't see them filing suit as a practical matter but you never can tell. Ethically, if you son's bike caused the damage, you should pay for it.

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Q: How can I tell what a case's docket number is? Or volume number?

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Nov 4, 2015

Ask the clerk.

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Q: How can I tell what a case's docket number is? Or volume number?

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Nov 4, 2015

Ask the clerk.

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Q: Steps needed to gain legal title to an abandoned vehicle

Acquired a vehicle last registered in 1994. Through several attempts , was unable to contact previous owners

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Nov 4, 2015

Go see a local attorney for a full discussion about this.

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Q: Does Md homeowner have right not to allow a contractor who initially did a poor roofing job to come back to cure issues?

Did sloppy job, we feel breached contract by not removing all old tar paper to properly inspect roofing deck, shingled over decayed spot previously pointed out, installed one side of valley correct and other incorrect, many instances where did not follow mfr. install instructions, which we are... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Nov 4, 2015

Read the contract.

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Q: Are items bought at the duty free area to be checked in?

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Nov 4, 2015

Checked in where? What are the facts?

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Q: What happens if I'm three days late on my payment in maryland

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 27, 2015

I guess it is too late to answer this question, or even respond. But three days late on what payment?

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Q: Does legislation need to be passed in order to change the MD annotated code?

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 14, 2015

An annotated code is one that has the cases under that statute listed. Legislation needs to be passed to change the code.

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Q: What type of tort?

Defendant joined friends in toilet papering the yard and house of high school teacher as a Halloween prank.

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 10, 2015

Trespass, malicious mischief?

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Q: Opinions from the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland would be found in which reporter?

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Sep 9, 2015

Federal, or perhaps the Federal Supplement. Go to the law library and find out. Have you looked online at that particular court's website? Do they have opinions there?

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