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How Multiple People Can Hold Title in the Same Property in Maryland

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There are three major types of concurrent ownership in Maryland that can be written into a deed: Tenants in Common each own a share of the property as an individual with no right of survivorship. Therefore, if one co-tenant dies, his interest passes to his own heirs, not the other co-tenants. In this type of […]

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Maryland Property Deed Search

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Under Maryland law all property deeds are part of the state public record. Property deeds, mortgage documents, easements, liens and other related document recordings are managed by the Clerk of the Circuit Court in each Maryland county. After a document is recorded by the county land records department, the county then “indexes” the document thus […]

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Modifying: Maryland Deed vs. Mortgage

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While adding a name to a Maryland property deed can be done by filing a new property deed (often referred to as “property title”) with the county, you need to check first with your lender to see if doing so will trigger early payment or penalties. In other words, sometimes the lender agreement prohibits transferring […]

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Maryland Tenants by the Entirety Property Deed and Same Sex Couples

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The following question has recently arisen both with clients and in public discussions. Is special deed drafting language necessary to record a property deed as tenants by the entirety (aka Tenancy by the Entireties or Tenants by the Entireties) if the owners are married and of the same sex? Under Maryland law the answer is […]

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Maryland Property Deed Attorney: How to Remove Someone From a Property Deed/Title

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If the other person listed on your property deed is unwilling to cooperate with the sale of the property it could be possible to force them to sell by having an attorney file a Sale in Lieu of Partition. This is essentially a request to have the court order the sale of the property. There […]

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Maryland Property Deed Attorney: Two Types of Maryland Life Estate Deeds

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A Life Estate Deed is a legal document that grants ownership of a parcel of real property (your house, your land) to two separate parties: (1) the Life Tenant, and (2) the Remainderman. For example you can give another person (or yourself) a life estate interest in your home and retain the right to live […]

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Wicomico County Deed Transfer Lawyer: Wicomico County Property Deed Transfer Requirements

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There are several important steps and decisions that must be made when properly filing a Maryland real estate deed. Besides all of the state requirements, Wicomico County deed filings have the additional requirement: “Instruments transferring title. For any instrument that transfers title and/or effects a change in ownership on the real property tax records of […]

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