What Are the Six Essential Documents for a Good Estate Plan?

Having an estate plan in place can ensure that your wishes for your personal property, assets, healthcare, and minor children are met if you become incapacitated and when you pass away. Unfortunately, you never know when your health will take a turn. As a result, the best time to create your estate plan is now. …

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Does Creating a Will Avoid Probate?

Creating a will is an important step in the estate planning process. But can it help your family avoid probate after your death? The answer is that it depends on the circumstances. Our attorneys at Law Office of Ralph W. Powers, Jr., PC. can help you create a comprehensive estate plan that allows your family…

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The 4 Main Obstacles to Digital Estate Planning 

When you think of estate planning, you probably consider the physical items and assets you will leave to family members. But what will happen to your digital accounts and information when you pass away? Digital estate planning is the process of organizing your digital assets and property to ensure that your loved ones can access…

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Understanding Easement Disputes in Maryland

Easements are one of the biggest sources of conflict in Maryland property law. Many people do not understand how easements operate and the powerful rights they include. To appreciate easement disputes, it is helpful to review the operation of easements, how they are created, and whether they pass to a new owner when the property…

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Death and Taxes

As a preliminary matter, for those that regularly practice in the Orphans’ Court for Prince George’s County, please note two relevant updates. First, please see the message below from the Orphans’ Court: The Orphans’ Court can only accept original filings for estates and guardianships. Filings can be mailed via the U.S. Mail, placed in the…

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Types of Power of Attorney in Maryland

Power of attorney documents are commonly used in Maryland, but they are also commonly misunderstood. Knowing the different types and how they operate can give you a better grasp of the ways these valuable tools can be used to protect and further your interests. What a Power of Attorney Does A power of attorney document…

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Property Disputes

Robert Frost famously said “Good fences make good neighbors.” But that’s only true if the location of the fence is correct. Disputes over property boundaries and access to property are far more common in Maryland than most people realize. Property disputes can cause strained relations, but they also put substantial property rights at risk. A…

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Protect Your Loved Ones from Elder Abuse

Reported cases of elder abuse are on the rise, and many more instances go unreported or even unrecognized. Know what to look for and how to keep your loved ones safe as they age. Elder Abuse Manifests in Many Ways When we think of abuse, we tend to picture someone with bruises or broken bones.…

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Solutions for Boundary Disputes

Now that the summer months are right around the corner, the time for fence-building and other exterior projects, let’s talk about boundary disputes. Contention over property lines results when landowners disagree on who owns a piece of land.  Sometimes, a new fence or disagreement on what to do about an old tree causes the conflict.…

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