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George E Meng

Prince Frederick Litigation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 12
  1. A wife's husband dies and his name is on a title to living Parents property.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. George E Meng
    2. David Raymond Mahood
    3. Celia R Reed
    3 lawyer answers

    It is a probate AND real estate question combined. It depends upon how the title is structured. For example, if the husband is on title with the parents as a joint tenant then upon the husband's death title passed to the parents and a death certificate will do the job. On the other hand, if title was not as joint tenants, then the husband's ownership interest is subject to being probated and will pass under his Will to the people named in the Will or if no Will than to his wife and children.

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  2. What does this mean "I give ten percent of the value of my residuary estate divided into three equal shares" ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. George E Meng
    2. Kari Dawn Coultis
    2 lawyer answers

    I believe it means 10% divided into 3 parts or 3.33% to each. A good test is to look at the total for the remainder. If my interpretation is right, I would expect the remaining total to be 90% not 70%

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  3. "Contested Wills," "Contested Trusts and Estates" and "Probate Litigation" are all Fields of Practice. Who should I hire?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. George E Meng
    2. Charles Michael Tobin
    3. David L. Carrier
    4. Shelley Ann Elder
    4 lawyer answers

    When a person dies, their estates may be handled under a Will through the probate process; under a trust in accordance with the death distribution provisions of the trust, or, where there are both probate and trust assets, by both methods. In the probate area, there can be litigation over a multitude of matters: Will contests, issues about who can be PR, whether all the property has been inventoried, whether the PR is doing the right thing, whether an accounting is accurate, etc. Some attorneys...

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  4. Can an unlicensed contractor who had no signed contract do renovations to his girlfriends home put a lien on it?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. George E Meng
    2. Debra Sue Friedman
    3. Brian Coleman Kelly
    3 lawyer answers

    I assume this is a Maryland issue. In Maryland, a person doing home improvement work must be licensed. Acting without the required license is a criminal offense that carries a fine and jail sentence. Additionally, the Home Improvement Commission may impose a civil penalty of up to $5000. More than 35 years ago, as a very young lawyer, I had a client who was in the position of your boyfriend. He had done about $40,000 improvement work for his girlfriend. My client's wife found out about his...

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  5. My father and I owned a house in Maryland. He died and his name is on the deed. Can house be sold?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. George E Meng
    2. Thomas C Valkenet
    3. Joseph Michael Pankowski Jr
    3 lawyer answers

    It depends upon whether you owned the house as a joint tenant with your father or as a tenant in common. You tell that from the deed. If it was a joint tenancy, then upon your father's death you became the full owner. If it was a tenancy in common, your father's share must be probated. If you call, I will look up the deed and tell you which it is.

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  6. How do we gain ownership of a property, that was left behind from a deceased parent, who left no will?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. George E Meng
    2. Steven M Zelinger
    2 lawyer answers

    Assuming this is Maryland property, someone needs to start probate at the office of the Register of Wills in the county where his father lived if he was a Maryland resident or the county where the property is. Maryland law provides that if a parent dies without a Will and without a spouse that his children and the issue (children, grandchildren, etc) of any deceased child take equal shares. The brother who is incarcerated can't act as Personal representative and if the estranged brother has or...

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  7. My great aunt just passed away and she has me down as getting the two houses drawn up by a lawyer.

    Answered 25 days ago.

    1. George E Meng
    2. Jay B. Shuster
    3. Stephen John Reichert
    4. Alan James Brinkmeier
    4 lawyer answers

    I assume the existing deeds show just your great aunt's name as the owner and that what was drawn up was a signed Last Will and Testament. If my assumptions are right, the person named in the Will as Personal Representative (PR) will have to start the probate process (usually with the assistance of a lawyer). At the end of the probate process (usually about 9 months), the PR will distribute property in accordance with the Will. A PR distributes real property (land and houses) by signing and...

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  8. In Maryland, doesn't an interested person have 20 days to file a caveat to a will after being properly notified by executor?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. George E Meng
    2. Thomas C Valkenet
    2 lawyer answers

    Under Maryland law a Petition to Caveat a Will must be filed within 6 months of the appointment of a PR under the Will that is to be challenged. The statute is E&T Section 5-207 and reads: § 5-207. Petition to caveat will (a) Regardless of whether a petition for probate has been filed, a verified petition to caveat a will may be filed at any time prior to the expiration of six months following the first appointment of a personal representative under a will, even if there be a subsequent...

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  9. What steps do I need to take to get a Power of Attorney?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Thomas C Valkenet
    2. Robb Adam Longman
    3. Evan H Farr
    4. George E Meng
    5. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    You could fill out a form but if you screw things up it's likely you won't find out until it's too late to make corrections. If you screw things up, you may end up having to do a court ordered guardianship. The legal fees for a guardianship case can easily be over $3000. On the other hand, the cost to have a lawyer review your parents' estate planning and do the necessary paperwork should be far less.

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  10. Can an incarcerated heir to property, be named as the PR for it, or are the other heirs (children) only able to be named PR?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. George E Meng
    2. John H Denick
    2 lawyer answers

    Unless he had something significant to do with causing the father's death, the fact of his incarceration doesn't alter his right to a share of the estate. One cannot be a PR if one has been "convicted of a serious crime" Since this is a followup question and because of the nature of the issues, it is pretty clear to me that your husband should have assistance from a lawyer. I make a lot of money handling situations where people decided they could do it without a lawyer and then mess up. Mess...

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