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How Do I Establish Domestic Partnership to Avoid Property Deed Transfer Taxes in Maryland?

If you are considering adding or removing a domestic partner from a property deed, and would like to avoid transfer taxes, you will need to provide proof of domestic partnership. Maryland state law allows for eleven ways to prove domestic partnership.    1. A joint housing lease or joint liability for a mortgage or other […]

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What Are Life Estate Deeds in Maryland?

In the state of Maryland, a property owner can designate beneficiaries on real property by preparing a Life Estate Deed. This is an effective way to avoid probate and retain tax benefits. There are two types of Life Estate Deeds.   A Life Estate Without Powers is a deed whereby the property owner (or Grantor) […]

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Why You Should Talk to Your Parents About Estate Planning

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Estate planning is something many families are inclined to put off however careful planning for the future can protect property and assets, as well as loved ones. An estate plan is not simply a matter of drafting a will; it is also a kindness to the surviving family members because it can relieve stress, help […]

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How Do I Sell My House with a Reverse Mortgage in Maryland?

Simply put, a reverse mortgage is a loan that can be repaid at any time without penalty. Selling a home with a reverse mortgage is not unlike selling a home with a standard mortgage, but there are some key differences to keep in mind. If you are selling your home with a reverse mortgage, here […]

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Should I Transfer My Rental Investment Into an LLC?

If you are a property investor or thinking of becoming one, you may or may not be familiar with the benefits of forming an LLC. Purchasing property under your own name can expose you personally if the property is ever subject to liens, judgements, or lawsuits. Forming an LLC is a wise  way to protect […]

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What is a Tangled Title and What Can I Do About It?

A tangled title is a term used when you have inherited a home but the deed has not been legally transferred into your name. This may cause several difficulties, both practically and financially. For example, you may run into problems setting up utilities, obtaining a homeowner’s insurance policy, or taking out a home equity line […]

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What Is a Surviving Spouse Entitled to Receive Under Maryland’s Elective Share Statute?

Maryland’s Elective Share Statute was designed to prevent a surviving spouse from being disinherited. House Bill 99, signed by Governor Hogan in 2019, expanded the assets included in calculating what a surviving spouse could inherit.   Under the previous bill, only probate assets were subject to the elective share statute. Under the augmented statute, non-probate […]

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What New Parents Need to Know About Estate Planning?

While assembling a new crib or changing diapers, estate planning is probably the farthest thing from your mind. However, life’s busyness does not diminish the importance of making sure your family has everything they need in case something unfortunate were to happen to you.   Where should you start?   Begin with your living documents. […]

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Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses are Eligible for a Property Tax Exemption in Maryland

As you know, the state of Maryland provides many benefits to veterans of the Armed Services. If you are a disabled veteran, you may be eligible for a complete tax exemption on your property. There are no filing deadlines, so you are free to apply at any time. If you are the surviving spouse of […]

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SDAT Increases Business Personal Property Exemption

The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) recently raised the exemption for all Maryland businesses on personal property assessment from $2,500 to $20,000.   HB268 took effect on June 1, 2022 and will save Maryland businesses from paying over forty million dollars in assessments. This legislation also prevents the SDAT from the collection […]

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