ARTICLES

FORECLOSURES

The word foreclosed is derived from an old french term meaning “to exclude” or “shut out”. A foreclosure is an action of a mortgage or lien holder to take possession of a mortgaged property if the lien holder or mortgagor fails to make the agreed upon payment, pursuant to the mortgage, i.e. defaults. Maryland has a quasi-judicial method . . . 

GOVERNING DOCUMENTS

If you live in a homeowners or condominium association, then one of the first things you received was a set of your community’s governing documents . . .

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE

An uncontested divorce is a proceeding in which neither you nor your spouse are in dispute regarding issues that require resolution in a divorce, such as: child custody, child support, visitation, alimony, monetary award, and distribution of marital property.  There are other issues that may arise, but these are the most common . . . 

DRONE USE FOR HOA AND CONDO INSPECTIONS

 

The improvement of technology and the availability of budget friendly drones in the marketplace have increased the number of drones purchased for recreational and commercial purposes.  Many property management companies, homeowner associations, and condominiums have become interested in using drones to assist with the inspection of lots and units for covenant violations.  Drones can provide users with . . .

LIMITED SCOPE REPRESENTATION

The Maryland courts have recognized that many individuals enter a legal dispute or pending litigation unrepresented or “pro se.”  There are many reasons for this, but cost is usually the primary factor.  Sometimes the amount in controversy is a small claim (i.e., under $3,000) making it uneconomical to retain an attorney or other times litigants simply cannot afford legal representation.  Another reason is that there are some individuals who are comfortable proceeding pro se even though they may not be completely familiar with the court’s processes and procedures . . . 

DEED CONVEYANCES

Whether you recently purchased your home or have owned it for a number of years, you may be considering a deed change. This type of legal transaction is known as a title change or deed conveyance. It establishes a legal interest in real property to another individual(s) or removes that interest. For example, you may have owned a home before you were married, but now you would like to add your spouse’s name to the home, so that he or she automatically inherits your interest upon your death; or, you do not have any children and you want to leave your house to a close friend, but you want to avoid including the house in probate . . .

COVENANT ENFORCEMENT

 

Typically, the first thing a homeowner will get in any covenant enforcement will be a letter.  This may be called a “notice of violation,” an “initial demand,” an “initial violation notice,” a “cease and desist notice,” or it may just be a friendly reminder.  The title of the letter may vary, but it will likely point out the violation, inform the alleged violator what he or she needs to do to fix it, and how long he or she has to fix it in order to avoid a penalty. The time limit may vary depending on the type of violation, the governing documents, and law . . .

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