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What Happens To Property After Divorce In Maryland?

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In Maryland, a married couple may own property together as tenants by the entirety. In order for a tenancy by the entirety to exist, the following five conditions must exist: 1. Tenants must acquire the property at the same time. 2. Tenants must have equal interest in the property. 3. Tenants must acquire title by […]

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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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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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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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Same Sex Marriage, Maryland Deed & Tenants by the Entirety

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A deed for married individuals with property in Maryland should typically be filed as Tenants by the Entirety, though there are occasionally advantageous reasons for filing otherwise. The same is true whether the married couple is of the same sex or of the opposite sex. For a free, confidential conversation to discuss this and other […]

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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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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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