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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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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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Cecil County Maryland Transfer Fee: Deeds, Titles & Land Transfers

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Effective July 1, 2015, there shall be paid to Cecil County, Maryland, before recording any deed or other instrument involving the transfer of an interest in land, a transfer fee in the amount of 0.5% of the consideration identified in the deed or other instrument recorded with the Clerk of Court for Cecil County. A […]

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Can a Maryland landlord charge you an early termination fee if you are evicted?

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First look at the lease agreement; this should have your answer. If it is not explicit in the agreement that there is an early termination fee that includes eviction, you may be able to contest any amount the landlord claims you owe for early termination. You should have an attorney review your lease and, if […]

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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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Using a Property Appraisal to Support Your Case at a Maryland Property Tax Appeal Hearing

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Appraisals are allowed as evidence at your hearing. You should submit the appraisal well in advance of your hearing but at least ten business days before. That said, often times an appraisal is unnecessary and other recent sales comps could be more valuable. For a free, confidential conversation to learn more about contesting your property […]

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Baltimore Property Title Transfer Service: Maryland Homestead Credit Application

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The Homestead Credit limits the yearly increase in taxable assessments for qualifying Baltimore, Maryland property. Once the Maryland Homestead Credit is applied the county and municipality must limit taxable assessment increases to 10% or less each year. The application along with instructions can be found at this link. To ensure that your Maryland property Deed […]

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Cecil County Property Law Attorney: Cecil 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, Cecil 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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