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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: MD Cts & Jud Pro Code § 5-103 (2019) Government land

Government land (It Doesn't Have To Be Obvious Of Abandonment) If Government land Was Sold To Another Government Department It Was Obvious Of Abandonment It Was Obvious Of Abandonment Before And And After After It Was Sold/Transfer To The Other Government Department. Can That Land Be Adverse... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Nov 28, 2021

Government land isn’t subject to adverse possession.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Do You Have To Have A Claim Of Right Notarized In Maryland

Do You Have To Have A Clim Of Right Notarized In Maryland

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 26, 2021

The only "claim of right" I am aware of as far as that specific phrase goes has to do with income taxes. Maryland has issued an administrative release that details the process. Here is the link:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Hello, Home sold next door and new owner obtained survey. Property line is not what I believed.

I am original owner of my home. Have been maintaining mowing, landscaping etc. for 23+ years. What are my options ?

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Nov 20, 2021

The answer will depend on whether your possession was open, adverse, continuous, and hostile for the right number of those 23 years. Mowing someone else’s lawn isn’t very hostile, but fencing it certainly might be. I suggest you get a consult with a real estate lawyer to review the facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Defense, Employment Law and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: My car was broken into in front of my employer property while i was at work. Can i sue to force their insurance to pay?

My car was parked on the street, directly across from the University of Maryland capital region hospital in Largo, MD. I was on orientation and told to find a park on premises until i was given access to the lot. The thief stole over 3k worth of stuff that i had in two bags. The big ticket items... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 19, 2021

File your claim under your comprehensive auto insurance coverage, which covers such things as losses resulting from criminal acts. You're wasting your time trying to prove liability against the owner of the location where your car was parked. They owe you no special duty to prevent criminals... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: I Have A Wrongful Detainer Case I Filed A Motion - - Motion Of Reconsideration

I Have A Wrongful Detainer Case I Filed A Motion - - Motion Of Reconsideration The Motion Says Not Ruled On Judgment In Favor Of Plaintiff The Motion Of Reconsideration Say No Legal Bases Gavin For The Motion Of Reconsideration .... Of Both Motions I Put (MD Cts & Jud Pro Code § 5-103 (2019)... Read more »

Daniel Staeven
Daniel Staeven answered on Nov 17, 2021

While you may have cited the correct code section dealing with reconsideration motions, the Judge does not have to find for you just because of that code section cite. You must provide a legal basis with additional facts to show the judge that the initial ruling was wrong.

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: adverse possession when the owner takes back land in the same manner as the adverse possessor.

adverse possession when the owner takes back land in the same manner as the adverse possessor.that regards squatting or or squatting (no claim of right).

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Nov 14, 2021

Adverse possession is a defense. It is not a claim. I have used it before by flipping claims and defenses using techniques like a petition to quiet title or a complaint for declaratory judgment, but it is generally a defense that gets asserted to block a summary dispossession. In other words, it... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Hi. In 2017, I did a ch 7 bankruptcy. I have a condo that I live in still pay each month.

I was told by PHH back then, that I would only have to pay off the new prin. Balance to own the home or$65k. Today, my account says there is a payoff of $188k or 1 & 2 prin Balance as payoff. I'm confused and want to know if I can refinance would it be only the $65k? I have a Screenshot.... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 11, 2021

You need to hire a bankruptcy attorney near you to review your case and documents. It is very difficult to give good advice without seeing the bankruptcy file and the pleadingstherein.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Maryland on
Q: Does a given property have the rights to remove a boundary fence at one end of his property to gain access to the r/w?

If a section of a common right of way is designated for the use and benefit of one property (B), can property (A) gain access to the common right of way from the far side of his property where it is designated for the use of property (B), just because it adjoins his property along the boundary? A... Read more »

Thomas C. Valkenet
Thomas C. Valkenet answered on Nov 11, 2021

If I understand your question, A owns the land over which an easement exists for the benefit of B. A has removed a fence marking the easement. If that is the fact pattern, then A has rights to access her own land. A is obligated not to interfere with B's reasonable use of the easement. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Maryland on
Q: What Happens If The Owner/Owners File A Wrongful Detainer MD Cts & Jud Pro Code § 5-103 (2019)

What Happens If The Owner/Owners File A Wrongful Detainer Against Against MD Cts & Jud Pro Code § 5-103 (2019) Or Can They? (Illegal/legal) (Adverse Possession Cannot Be Interfered With By A Landowner) Involuntary Alienation Voluntary Alienation Are Both The Same One Not Highly One Not... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 24, 2021

They get awarded a judgment of possession and issue a writ of eviction and the person in wrongful possession gets forcibly removed by the sheriff.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Maryland on
Q: MD Cts & Jud Pro Code § 5-103 (2019) What Happens If The Owner Owners File A Wrongful Detainer.

What Happens Or What Can Happen If The Owner/Owners File A Wrongful Detainer Regarding Adverse Possession ........ Can They? MD Cts & Jud Pro Code § 5-103 (2019). Or What Can Happen To The Owner/Owners As A Result They Do?

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Oct 24, 2021

Well, a wrongful detainer action (WD) is where the owner of the home claims that there is a person living in the property who doesn't have a legal right to be there. If the owner files, it will come before a judge who will need to make a determination as to whether the person alleged to be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Is That Legal Or Illegal For A Judge To Not Rule On A Motion And And Rule In Favor Of Plaintiff Regarding A Court Case.

MOTION AS WRITTEN REQUEST NO ACTION OF THE COURT. BUT 10/22/2021Comment:STATES A DEFENDANT;0AU No.:001

Comment:KEYPOINTS 1:59-2:19. POSSESSION JUDGMENT ENTEREDComplaint No.:001

Comment:POSSESSION JUDGMENT ENTERED

MOTION IN WRITTEN BOX ONLY SAID. MD Cts & Jud... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 24, 2021

Your post is impossible to make sense of or know what happened. A judge rules on motions--it's his or her job. It's not "illegal," it's exacty what the judge is paid to do. If you are unhappy with the ruling, the rules of procedure provide that you may file a motion for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: How do I set up an LLC with rental property?
Shaneka Johnson
Shaneka Johnson answered on Oct 18, 2021

An LLC established for real property ownership is no different than an LLC formed for conducting another form of business. You will need to file articles of organization. Secure an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and Maryland Tax ID Number (if your LLC is formed in Maryland). Post formation,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Can mortgage company foreclose on a home owned solely by my brother whose estate is in probate?

Brother died intestate on 8/13/2021. Probate court date is 27 October, at which time personal representative will be selected. Creditors will have 6 months to come forward. House is major asset and there are insufficient cash funds in the estate at present to pay mortgage payments. Equity in... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 16, 2021

No chance the mortgage company can foreclose and sell that fast. It takes at least 90 days of no mortgage payments to trigger the foreclosure notices, and if the PR communicates to the mortgage company the death of the borrower and that an estate is open and the house will be sold, then they will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Consumer Law and Civil Litigation for Maryland on
Q: My mortgage company refuse to sign my insurance claim check and sent the check back with no explanation.

I live in Maryland

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 14, 2021

You cannot expect a response that will help you in any meaningful way without providing facts, details and context. Start with stating what you received an insurance check for, why it was sent to your insurance company, and the reason the insurance company sent it back to you. If you don’t know... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Maryland on
Q: Still waiting: Does the State of Maryland require [by law] that an HOA be formed to enforce covenants?

I posted this question last week and received one very eloquent response as to the wisdom of forming an HOA so as to enforce covenants BUT, at the end of the day, I did not receive a straight up "yes" or "no" answer to my question which again is: "does the state of Maryland... Read more »

Thomas C. Valkenet
Thomas C. Valkenet answered on Oct 12, 2021

Yes. The phrase "in place" means properly organized, and in good standing with the State of Maryland. There are instances where an HOA described in recorded declarations has been allowed to lapse, or is no longer functioning. There are reported appellate court decisions describing what... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: I planted trees & built a garden on the strip of land that the original owner of the property next-door told me was mine

The property has now sold for the third or fourth time & the new owners had a survey done. It shows the trees and garden are on their side of the survey line. We spoke to them within a week of their moving in and they said not to worry they couldn’t use that tiny strip of property next to... Read more »

Thomas C. Valkenet
Thomas C. Valkenet answered on Oct 11, 2021

Yours is a common issue. Our Firm recently had this exact issue (dispute over ownership of flower beds near shared boundary) in a D.C. case. Do you have a survey? Perhaps it conflicts with the neighbor's survey. Also, have you or your predecessors used the beds to the exclusion of your new... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Real estate question, Maryland. I put in an offer of 94k on a house(100k listed) with a price escalation up to 110k.

My offer was for the house as is, No contingencies, cash. Second offer was made the following day. Seller accepted the second offer and we were asked to be back up bites but my agent was never sent paperwork. After an inspection was done the first buyer decided to back out. Upon receiving... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 10, 2021

It cetainly sounds fishy. Have they now accepted your contract and are trying to proceed based on your high escalation price, and do you want to back out, or to only pay the initial bid amount? Can you prove that the seller was in on the alleged fake LLC bid? You need to act sooner rather than... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Changing title to condo in Annapolis Maryland after wife passes

The property was held as tenants in the entirety.

I never received a deed after the closing in August 2021.

The estate is small and will not go to probate. Financial and equity accounts have already been handled administratively with the respective institutions.

What... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 8, 2021

Two options: (1) record the deceased owner’s original certified death certificate in the land records, or just keep it handy for the day you elect to sell or refinance the condo, which is sufficient proof to establish you as the sole surviving owner; or (2) pay a lawyer to prepare a deed to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Does having a foreign address provide grounds for denial of refinancing property in MD? I am on extended foreign asgmt.

Denial expressed over the phone and email has been solely based on the fact of having a foreign address. Official letters do not line up with this communication. Instead I receive, “we do not offer this product at this time.” This does not feel right.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 5, 2021

There’s no law that compels private lenders to lend to any person, other than to not discriminate based on constitutionally protected grounds (race, religion, gender, e.g.). They could not lend to you because you drive a Toyota. It’s not illegal. I’m not saying anything bad about Toyotas.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Maryland on
Q: What type of legal representation is needed for an inheritance buyout dispute where the home is in MD and I am in GA?

My siblings and I were willed a house. One sibling wants to keep the house and has made a buyout offer. I don't believe the buyout offer is equitable. I am seeking expertise with interpreting the appraisal to obtain a fair buyout offer. I have no idea what type of legal representation I need... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 5, 2021

It’s been a pretty hot market this past year around here, so you’re going to want to get a fair appraisal done to at least know what the house is likely able to sell for. I think what you’re saying is that the house was already deeded by the estate to the three of you, so now you all own 1/3.... Read more »

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