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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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For Maryland Taxes, What is the Date of Finality?

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The date of finality is the first day of January prior to the July 1st tax year. This applies when you are looking at what tax year is under appeal. For example, if you receive a triennial assessment for the three years beginning July 1, 2015, the date of finality for levy year 2015 is […]

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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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Maryland Property Title Services: Howard County 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, Howard 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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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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Howard County Deed Transfer Lawyer: Howard 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 property deed. Besides all of the state requirements, Howard County deed filings have the additional requirement: “Howard County – Each instrument must bear a notation of the recording fees and taxes applicable thereto (or, with multiple documents, a cover […]

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Maryland Deed Transfer Services: When Should a Property Deed be Updated in Maryland?

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In my experience there are several occasions when you should consider updating your Maryland property deed, however it is not always advisable to do so. The following are times when you should consider a deed transfer however I recommend you speak with an experienced Maryland property law attorney before deciding whether a transfer is best […]

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Howard County Maryland 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. Along with the state requirements, Howard County deed filings have the additional requirement: “Howard County – Each instrument must bear a notation of the recording fees and taxes applicable thereto (or, with multiple documents, a cover […]

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