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

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 bills, and is also unable to record deeds and mortgages.

The City does not currently have an estimate as to when they believe the system will be operating. Once the system is working, there will be a backlog of lien certificate orders to fill, which will cause a further delay in our ability to close transactions and record documents for Baltimore City properties.

The Office of Finance has indicated that it may be weeks before they are up and running, and has advised all parties to check back weekly for further updates.

For a free, confidential conversation to discuss transferring a deed, contact Maryland estate attorney Stephen J. Reichert at 410-299-4959, or by clicking here.

Day, evening and weekend appointments are available in office or at your residence. Mr. Reichert personally serves estate planning clients throughout the entire state of Maryland.

Stephen looks forward to assisting you with your Maryland estate planning needs.

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