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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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How Do I Redeem Maryland Ground Rent?

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Ground rent is common in Maryland especially with property in Baltimore City. If ground rent is on your property then you are responsible for pay a small amount of money each year to the owner of the ground rent. The amounts vary but I find they are typically around $100 to $200 per year. Owners […]

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Maryland Deeds: Multiple Tax ID’s On The Property

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Often times in Maryland the property that needs to be transferred has multiple tax ID’s attached to the record. Should you pay double recording fees when filing the new property deed? No. You should pay the county (or city if in Baltimore) and state for the property transfer per the deed and not per the […]

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Same Sex Marriage, Maryland Deed & Tenants by the Entirety

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A deed for married individuals with property in Maryland should typically be filed as Tenants by the Entirety, though there are occasionally advantageous reasons for filing otherwise. The same is true whether the married couple is of the same sex or of the opposite sex. For a free, confidential conversation to discuss this and other […]

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List of Properties for Maryland Property Tax Appeal

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In preparing for an appeal the petition should include a list of comparable properties. These properties should be obtained by conducting an independent search along with obtaining the list of properties that the county intends to use at the hearing. If a written request is made at least 15 days prior to the hearing, the […]

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Maryland Real Estate Law & Attorney’s Fees

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A few clients have recently asked about “standard” attorney’s fees clauses in Maryland Real Estate contracts, such as a Residential Contract of Sale. It is important to understand that ultimately these terms are negotiable and if you have concerns about what is proposed you should speak with your attorney so that you are comfortable with […]

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Formal Requirements for a Valid Will in Maryland

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Under Maryland law you must sign your will and two or more witnesses must sign the will in your presence. There are also formalities on informing the witnesses as to what you are signing though they are not required to read and understand the contents of the will. Each witness must be at least 18 […]

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Cutting Your Neighbor’s Tree Branches & Maryland Property Law

If you live in Maryland and own property, you own the property from the center of the planet to the useful area of sky above the land! Whether you can cut your neighbor’s tree that has branches hanging over your land, the Maryland courts follow the “Hawaiian Rule” whereby the owner of the tree has […]

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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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