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Comprehensive Estate Planning: Title Trumps All
Comprehensive Estate Planning: Title Trumps All

When someone completes an estate plan, they have an excellent grasp of why they signed their Will or Trust and what that accomplishes. As time passes, folks often forget what their estate planning documents control. These documents are intended as the means to distribute assets…

Maryland Medical Assistance Eligibility: Excluded Resources.
Maryland Medical Assistance Eligibility: Excluded Resources.

Maryland Medical Assistance pays for nursing home care for those who medically require it, but cannot afford it. When calculating whether or not someone meets the financial requirements for Medical Assistance, there are certain assets that may have value to the Medical Assistance applicant and…

Wills and Trusts: Two Versatile Documents, Providing Paramount Benefits
Wills and Trusts: Two Versatile Documents, Providing Paramount Benefits

Simply put, no one can predict what the future holds, but it’s preferable to at least plan for likely outcomes. Everyone needs to have a plan for what happens to their assets when they die. Wills and trusts have similar purposes, but each has their…

The Pennsylvania Register of Wills, Orphan’s Court, and You
The Pennsylvania Register of Wills, Orphan’s Court, and You

  When someone dies with property lacking a joint title holder or beneficiary that property is considered probate property. Probate property has to pass through a deceased person’s estate before it can be distributed to any heirs, legatees, or beneficiaries. The Personal Representative of an…

Probate and Estate Administration: Five Reasons to Hire an Estate Lawyer
Probate and Estate Administration: Five Reasons to Hire an Estate Lawyer

  Losing a loved one can be a trying time for any family. Grief and loss consume an incredible amount of time and mental energy. If you have to deal with a loved one’s Last Will and Testament and probating an estate with either Maryland Register of…

The Maryland Orphan’s Court, Register of Wills, and You
The Maryland Orphan’s Court, Register of Wills, and You

  When someone dies with property lacking a joint title holder or beneficiary that property is considered probate property. Probate property has to pass through a deceased person’s estate before it can be distributed to any heirs, legatees, or beneficiaries. The Personal Representative of an…

Making the Jump to an LLC in Maryland: What are the Advantages?
Making the Jump to an LLC in Maryland: What are the Advantages?

Photo Via Benjamin Child Owning your own business represents the hardest work that you may ever undertake. It will require many late nights, establishing a business plan, as well as numerous bumps in the road. By this point, you have successfully established a plan – an…

Three Reasons to Hire an Estate Planning Attorney in Pennsylvania
Three Reasons to Hire an Estate Planning Attorney in Pennsylvania

  An estate planning attorney helps you understand the state and federal laws pertaining to how your assets will be inventoried, dispersed and taxed upon death. In this context, though, an “estate” can be any and all of the items that the deceased individual, or…

Three Reasons to Hire an Estate Planning Attorney in Maryland
Three Reasons to Hire an Estate Planning Attorney in Maryland

  An estate planning attorney helps you understand the state and federal laws pertaining to how your assets will be inventoried, dispersed and taxed upon death. In this context, though, an “estate” can be any and all of the items that the deceased individual, or…

Anti-Discrimination Policies and Terms
Anti-Discrimination Policies and Terms

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Intestacy in Pennsylvania – How Does It Work?
Intestacy in Pennsylvania – How Does It Work?

  When someone dies, and an estate is required, there are two distinct possibilities for what dictates the disposition of assets in the estate. If the decedent has a valid will, that will controls how the estate is handled. However, if someone dies without a will, there…

Intestacy in Maryland – How Does It Work?
Intestacy in Maryland – How Does It Work?

  When someone dies, and an estate is required, there are two distinct possibilities for what dictates the disposition of assets in the estate. If the decedent has a valid will, that will controls how the estate is handled. However, if someone dies without a…

Bowersox Involved in Sheetz Annexation
Bowersox Involved in Sheetz Annexation

In their first annexation approval in several years, the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Westminster approved the annexation and zoning of property for a new prototype Sheetz convenience store. The annexation approval occurred at a hearing conducted as part of the Council’s…

Key Differences Between Estates in Maryland and Estates in Pennsylvania
Key Differences Between Estates in Maryland and Estates in Pennsylvania

By: Dennis M. Twigg, Esq. Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott & Halstad, LLP More and more, people are moving between Maryland and Pennsylvania. This article highlights a few major differences between Pennsylvania and Maryland from an Estate Administration. It’s important to be aware of the differences when…

How to Manage a Divorce in Maryland
How to Manage a Divorce in Maryland

  A divorce is one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life. At times, it can feel like your human rights are being taken away from you. How do you protect yourself during a divorce? What steps can you take to make sure your…

You Slipped and Fell in Maryland – What Legal Rights Do You Have?
You Slipped and Fell in Maryland – What Legal Rights Do You Have?

  If you slip, fall, and injure yourself in Maryland, are you owed compensation? Not necessarily. Maryland slip and fall law is based on a fault system. This fault system means businesses and property owners are not automatically liable whenever someone falls and injures themselves…

Five End of Year Giving Tips
Five End of Year Giving Tips

With 2014 drawing to a close, it’s important to consider your tax situation. The holiday season brings a commendable impulse to give gifts and be charitable, but it’s important to consider the law to make sure your gifts help everyone they are intended to. Consider…

How Does A Court Decide How Much Alimony – If Any – To Award?
How Does A Court Decide How Much Alimony – If Any – To Award?

In 2008, Britney Spears was ordered to pay Kevin Federline, a “pizza delivery boy and dancer”, $40,000 a month. A few weeks ago, newspaper headlines announced that Katie Holmes would receive $400,000 a year from Tom Cruise. These high profile divorces can obscure expectations of…

How Do Courts Calculate a Fair Child Support Amount?
How Do Courts Calculate a Fair Child Support Amount?

A divorce involving children adds emotional, practical and financial challenges to an already difficult process. Determining child custody leaves the non-custodial parent with a big question mark: how much will I need to pay for child support? Child support payments provide for the normal expenses…

The Probate Process in Maryland
The Probate Process in Maryland

When former Maryland governor and mayor of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, died in 2011, he left $1.4 million to a civic fund in his name.  The Baltimore Community Foundation administers the William Donald Schaefer Civic Fund whose purpose is to make several grants each year for…

Get Your House in Order: Update Your Will and Advance Directives
Get Your House in Order: Update Your Will and Advance Directives

The Boston Marathon tragedy serves as a reminder that while we can’t control our destiny, we can take steps to prepare ourselves and loved ones for the worst. Advance directives provide us with an opportunity to state our preferences for health care decisions in the…

Grounds for Divorce in Maryland
Grounds for Divorce in Maryland

Maryland law provides several grounds for divorce.  The following is a list and brief description of grounds for an absolute divorce: Adultery Desertion, if desertion continued for 12 consecutive months, was deliberate and final, and the parties have “no reasonable expectation of reconciliation” Conviction of a…

Our Aging Population: Addressing Its Health Care Needs
Our Aging Population: Addressing Its Health Care Needs

Researchers from Rutgers University predict that in the next four decades the United States will experience a shift in its population demographics.  Based on the results of a multi-disciplined study which included researchers with backgrounds in mathematical, behavioral and social sciences, engineering and physics, the report predicts…

FAQ – Marital Property Distribution
FAQ – Marital Property Distribution

The process of dividing property between a divorcing couple ranks near the top of the stress scale. Maryland law provides for the equitable distribution of marital property. Through this process, the court distributes both assets and debts. By court interpretation, equitable does not necessarily mean equal or require a…

Why It’s Never Too Early To Prepare Your Estate Plan
Why It’s Never Too Early To Prepare Your Estate Plan

We all know that accidents and illnesses happen. But when younger people pass away or become incapacitated, their loved ones are often left to deal with complex legal and financial concerns at a time when they are already overwhelmed by grief and loss. A few…

Typical Responsibilities Of An Executor/Executrix
Typical Responsibilities Of An Executor/Executrix

One of the most difficult decisions people face when preparing their Will is who to appoint as executor/executrix – the person responsible for carrying out your wishes and administering your estate upon your death. In Maryland, the executor is known as the Personal Representative. The…

Making Your Case For Personal Injury In Maryland
Making Your Case For Personal Injury In Maryland

In 2008, soccer player Kyle Coleman sustained injuries when a crossbar crashed into his face, crushing the bones around his eye and requiring the insertion of three titanium plates in his head. Although the soccer association was recently found liable for failing to secure the…

Is Shared Custody Always In A Child’s Best Interests?
Is Shared Custody Always In A Child’s Best Interests?

The ultimate goal of child placement after divorce is whatever is in the best interests of the child. Maintaining a close and consistent relationship with both parents is important for children. Most state laws provide that where the spouses had a child together during their…

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