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How is Property Distributed in Maryland if There is No Will?

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After the assets are used to pay estate expenses, debt, and taxes, the rest can be distributed to the closest living heirs. This is done according to Maryland’s intestacy laws. In Maryland, typically a surviving spouse and children would be given priority. If there is no surviving spouse then children would receive the assets equally. […]

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Maryland Estate Planning: Is a Living Trust a Good Idea?

A living trust is a written legal document that places assets in a trust which can still be used by the principle. Once the principle dies, the trust can be transferred to the designated beneficiaries. There are many benefits to creating a living trust. One reason to create a living trust is to avoid probate. […]

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Maryland Estate Planning: How Do I Obtain Power of Attorney?

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In order to obtain power of attorney you must have the Principle decide the amount of power they wish to give. There are different types of power that falls into broad categories of Financial and Healthcare. For each of these powers to be granted, separate documents must be created. The General and Limited Power of […]

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Maryland Estates: If a Deceased Person Owes Me Money, What Can I Do?

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In order to get the money you deserve the first step is to file a claim against decedent’s Estate with the Office of the Register of Wills. The claim can only be submitted up to 6 months after the person is deceased. This action will place a lien on the estate’s assets so that the […]

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Difference Between a Maryland Fee Simple Deed and a Life Estate Deed

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A fee simple title is the greatest possible ownership in land. This ownership can potentially last forever and is in no way limited. There are however multiple different types of fee simple estates: fee simple absolute, fee simple determinable, fee simple subject to executory limitation. The executor will always hold a future interest in the […]

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Maryland Estate Planning: Where Should I Keep My Will?

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A Will is an important legal document that should be kept in a safe and secure location. There are many great options such as a safe deposit box, a personal safe in the house or even by your attorney. The Will needs to be in a place that is safe from theft and damage from […]

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Can an LLC Member Not Have a Vote?

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It is possible to specify the rights of members in the LLC Operating Agreement. It is possible to use the Operating Agreement to create separate classes of members, each with different economic interests but not voting rights. However, you may not retain voting rights for some members of one class, and none for others. You […]

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Can a Personal Representative Designated in a Will Act Before the Principal’s Death?

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A Personal Representative has no power to do anything before death. Only a Power of Attorney or court appointed guardian can act during the principal’s lifetime. As such, it is important to meet with a lawyer and execute the proper Power of Attorney documents before such an individual is needed, rather than later when issues […]

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Problem Resolution Within an LLC

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Partners at the head of an LLC won’t always agree on the best way to run the business. The best solution for a situation where partners can’t come to a compromise is to have a well drafted LLC operating agreement in place from the start. Drafting an agreement with clauses that instruct the partners how […]

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Recorded Deed Notice Letters

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Beware of solicitation letters titled “Recorded Deed Notice” attempting to provide you with a copy of your deed and property assessment profile for a fee. These letters are scams. Your attorney will provide you with an e-copy of your deed at the end of the deed preparation process. Companies send these to everyone who had […]

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