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Letters of Administration for Foreign Small Estate in Baltimore City

If property is located in Baltimore, Maryland, and needs to be transferred via an estate opened in another state, a Foreign Proceeding must be opened. When a Foreign Small Estate is opened in Baltimore City the Register of Wills Office does not issue a Letter of Administration as they would in a regular Small Estate. […]

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Will This Property Need to go Through Probate in Maryland?

If the deed states “…grant and convey unto the said John and Jane as tenants by the entireties, their heirs and assigns in fee simple…” does the property go through probate or convey to the heirs? I would want to review the entire deed, but given just this language in a Maryland deed, in short: […]

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How Long Do Creditors Have to Bill an Estate in Maryland?

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In Maryland, the creditors have six (6) months to file a claim. The bill must be sent to the Personal Representative and filed with the Register of Wills. If you are a Personal Representative of an estate and waiting for a bill from the hospital or other creditor, it might be a good idea to […]

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Common Area Deeds in Harford County, Maryland, No Longer Require a Lien Sheet

Lien sheets will no longer be required for Common Area Deeds 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 sheet, the presenter must provide […]

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My Spouse Died Without a Will in Maryland, Can I Manage Their Estate?

In Maryland, if you are married at the time of your spouse’s death, then you may have an interest in being the personal representative of the estate and inheriting their property. However, if your spouse has adult children, they may also have a property interest. Or, there may be a shared property interest depending on […]

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Can I Finance my Child’s Home Mortgage in Maryland?

Depending on the mortgage you are hoping to finance, there are a few ways this could work. For example, if the current property is deeded under your daughter’s name but you simply want to pay the monthly payments on her behalf and she will pay you back as if you were a bank, then this […]

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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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