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May 15, 2019 – Baltimore City Office of Finance Hacked, Deed Recording Delays

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We recently learned that the computer system at the Baltimore City Office of Finance has been hacked, causing the City of Baltimore to shut down the computer systems for the Tax and Land Records and the Office of Finance indefinitely. As a result, Baltimore City is unable to issue lien certifications, utility bills, or tax […]

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Maryland Estate Planning; How Can I Transfer a Deed?

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In order to change the name on a deed, a new deed must be created. Drafting a deed is an extensive process. The deed needs to include if there was consideration for the change. The deed needs to have a certificate of preparation and signature stating who created it. Also, the deed needs to be […]

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Difference Between a Maryland Fee Simple Deed and a Life Estate Deed

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A fee simple title is the greatest possible ownership in land. This ownership can potentially last forever and is in no way limited. There are however multiple different types of fee simple estates: fee simple absolute, fee simple determinable, fee simple subject to executory limitation. The executor will always hold a future interest in the […]

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Recorded Deed Notice Letters

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Beware of solicitation letters titled “Recorded Deed Notice” attempting to provide you with a copy of your deed and property assessment profile for a fee. These letters are scams. Your attorney will provide you with an e-copy of your deed at the end of the deed preparation process. Companies send these to everyone who had […]

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Adding Spouses to the Deed of a Bequeathed Property

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The deceased bequeaths house to family member in their will. The family member wants to add their spouse to the deed as Tenant by Entireties (T by E). The best way to handle this situation is to draft and file separate deeds, showing the clear chain of title. The reason for this is that there […]

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How Multiple People Can Hold Title in the Same Property in Maryland

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There are three major types of concurrent ownership in Maryland that can be written into a deed: Tenants in Common each own a share of the property as an individual with no right of survivorship. Therefore, if one co-tenant dies, his interest passes to his own heirs, not the other co-tenants. In this type of […]

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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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Harford County Maryland Lien and Deed Deadlines

From Harford County, Maryland, for immediate release. For a free, confidential conversation to discuss this and other Maryland property law matters, including drafting, filing and recording Maryland property deeds for a modest fixed fee, contact Maryland property attorney Stephen J. Reichert at 410-299-4959, sreichert@reichertlegal.com or by clicking here. *** NOTICE *** LIEN CERTIFICATE APPLICATIONS for […]

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Maryland Property Deed Search

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Under Maryland law all property deeds are part of the state public record. Property deeds, mortgage documents, easements, liens and other related document recordings are managed by the Clerk of the Circuit Court in each Maryland county. After a document is recorded by the county land records department, the county then “indexes” the document thus […]

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How Do I Redeem Maryland Ground Rent?

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Ground rent is common in Maryland especially with property in Baltimore City. If ground rent is on your property then you are responsible for pay a small amount of money each year to the owner of the ground rent. The amounts vary but I find they are typically around $100 to $200 per year. Owners […]

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