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Remote Notarization of Documents in Maryland

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Governor Larry Hogan issued an Executive Order that waives the requirement of in-person notarization of documents, thereby authorizing remote notarization of documents during the COVID-19 emergency in Maryland. Release from the Office of the Secretary of State: Effective March 30th, Governor Hogan ordered the in-person requirement for notarizing documents in Maryland is temporarily waived for […]

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Deeds Adding a Spouse No Longer Require Lien Sheets in Harford County, Maryland

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No research on outstanding balances due from the owner will be completed by the county. All other types of Deed transfers will require a lien sheet prior to processing. If a deed is presented without a lien, the presenter must provide the policy category the deed falls under in order to receive the lien sheet […]

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Do I Need a Bond for the Personal Representative of my Maryland Estate?

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Whether or not you need a bond for your personal representative depends on your specific circumstances. Generally, a personal representative bond is a surety bond to protect the beneficiaries of the estate against fiduciary misconduct. If the bond is in the form of an insurance, then there also needs to be a power of attorney […]

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May a Personal Representative or Trustee Demand a Release?

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Yes, a Personal Representative may demand a release in the absence of a state statute that says otherwise. Generally, the Maryland Court of Appeals has decided that so long as the release is not written in such a way as to be one-sided or impermissibly favors the trustee’s interest over the beneficiaries, releases that absolve […]

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Maryland Businesses May Now File up to 10 years of Overdue Annual Reports

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Maryland is now even more business-friendly! The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) now allows Maryland businesses to file up to 10 years of overdue Annual Reports and Personal Property Tax Returns. If your business is currently not in good standing because of unreturned Reports or Returns, you may now submit overdue annual filings […]

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Considerations When Naming Your Maryland Business

Selecting the right business name is an important step when starting a new business or expanding to a new state. In addition to picking the perfect name, you want to also make sure your LLC or corporation name complies with your state’s laws. This means that the name cannot conflict with a name already in […]

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What’s the First Step When Applying for a Trademark?

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Before you begin your trademark application process, you should first search the USTPO’s database to see if any trademark has been registered that is: • Similar to your trademark • Used on related products or for related services, and • Currently active If there is a trademark that meets all over the three above criteria, […]

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May I Use a Business Name if it Exists but was Dissolved or Forfeited in Maryland?

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Yes, in Maryland, you can use any name that is not active. However, if a name is inactive because it was not in good standing, then that name cannot be used. If you use a forfeited name or dissolved company name, your new company will be issued a new ID number so there is no […]

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For How Long is a Maryland Will Valid?

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As a general rule, a will governs the distribution of assets only after the testator dies. Any changes to a will that are made during the testator’s lifetime will be valid. A will is not active until the owner of the assets passes. For example, if a testator wills her home to her son, but […]

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Deeds of Easement No Longer Require a Lien Certificate in Harford County, Maryland

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Lien certificates will no longer be required for Deeds of Easement in Harford County, Maryland. No research on outstanding balances due from the owner will be completed. All other types of Deed transfers will require a lien sheet prior to processing. If a deed is presented without a lien, the presenter must provide a copy […]

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