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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What Is a Holographic Will and Is It Valid?

A properly drafted and witnessed will is an essential part of estate planning in Maryland. Inheritance disputes, misunderstandings, and conflicts between family members may arise if the testator fails to follow the required procedures for making a valid will, whether standard or holographic. What is a holographic will and is it valid in Maryland? The…

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What Happens to Student Loan Debt When You Die?

With student loan debt approaching $2 trillion, and the Biden administration considering various proposals regarding loan forgiveness, student loans have become a divisive national political issue. Tuition costs continue to rise, which has resulted in an increasing number of people taking out student loans to pay for higher education. However, most borrowers do not fully…

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Zoning Violation Disputes

No rights are absolute in our society. Your right to free speech doesn’t give you the right to yell “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater. And when you own property, your right to use that property is subject to local zoning and land use requirements. Zoning laws in Maryland can be complicated. The laws set…

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The Importance of Naming Beneficiaries

One critical component of estate planning that people often overlook is the beneficiary designations on their accounts. These can be as important as wills and trusts, so it is vital to keep them updated. Failure to manage your beneficiary designations can cause valuable assets to be tied up or even worse, to go to the…

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Bitcoin and Other Aspects of Estate Planning in the Digital Age

Cryptocurrency, social media, online account management—our ways of holding and transferring assets and information have changed dramatically in recent years, and the pace shows no sign of slowing. This can have a considerable impact on estate planning and lead to delays and difficulties if we fail to plan appropriately. Make Sure the Right People Have…

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If I Don’t Agree with a Will, Should I File a Caveat Proceeding?

A caveat proceeding is the formal method of contesting a will in Maryland. Only certain people have the right to file a caveat proceeding, and they must have adequate legal grounds to challenge the will or the court will not hear the case. If you believe there is some wrongdoing associated with a will, you…

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