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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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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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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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Can a Personal Representative Designated in a Will Act Before the Principal’s Death?

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A Personal Representative has no power to do anything before death. Only a Power of Attorney or court appointed guardian can act during the principal’s lifetime. As such, it is important to meet with a lawyer and execute the proper Power of Attorney documents before such an individual is needed, rather than later when issues […]

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Business Name vs. Trade Name

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A business name is the official, legal name of the business entity, be it a partnership, LLC, or Corporation. You use your business name on government forms and applications. Limited partnerships, LLCs, and corporations establish their legal names when registering the business structure. The legal name is part of your articles of incorporation. Sometimes, a […]

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Questions to Consider When Writing an LLC Operating Agreement

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Here are some questions to consider before starting your LLC and forming your Operating Agreement. Start Up: How much money is each member contributing to starting the business? Will someone contribute more? What if you need more money? Will you open the doors to outside investment? Will the members contribute more money? What is each […]

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What is the Difference Between an LLC and an S-Corp?

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Although S Corporations and LLCs share similar characteristics – both provided limited liability protection to ownership and management, and both are taxed by the “pass through” system like partnerships –LLCs are more flexible and have fewer restrictions than S Corps. The first major difference is that an S Corporation’s size and ownership composition are limited […]

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What is an S-Corporation?

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An S-Corporation (S-Corp) is one of two types of corporations defined by subchapter of the tax code they are governed by. Like more common C-Corporations (C-Corp), or publicly-traded corporations, S-Corps provide limited liability to management and shareholders, protecting the personal assets of those who would otherwise face personal liability in case of a creditor’s claim. […]

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Free or Reduced Fee Legal Services in Maryland

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If you are in need of legal service but are unable to afford the cost you may qualify for reduced or free legal assistance through one of these organizations. MARYLAND LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION FUNDED PROVIDERS 2017 Contact Information Allegany Law Foundation -(301) 722-3390 Alternative Directions – (410) 889-5072 Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center- (202) […]

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Maryland Probate: Personal Representative Moves Out of State

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What happens if you are the personal representative, aka executor, for a Maryland estate but then you move from Maryland to another state? The short answer is that you may quality to continue as the personal representative however you will need to file a request to appoint a Maryland resident agent. The resident agent must […]

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