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Anne Debelius Lopiano

Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. I have been separted for 10yrs.Nothing legal.A yr ago my husband died.I was never told.What are my rights.

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Anne Debelius Lopiano
    1 lawyer answer

    You can probbly find out where he is buried and how he died etc., by asking the personal representaive of his estate. You can find out who that is by using the following search tool. This is a link to the Maryland Register of Will web site: http://registers.maryland.gov/main/search.html Even if you get a copy of his death certificate, it won't t tell you where he is buried. If he died without a Will, and if he had any any assets or pension when he died, and if there was not any attempt to...

  2. Basically what is a "Consent to Appointment of Persoanl Representative?"

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Anne Debelius Lopiano
    2. Steven J. Fromm
    2 lawyer answers

    This is a form used by eavery Maryland register of Wuills Office in either of the following situations: 1. There is no Will, so someone has to be appointed Personal Representative (PR) in order to administer the estate, pay the estate debts, and distribute the estate shares to the proper heirs. Getting the signed consent of the other people who might also quailify to be next of kind, can prevent arguing later; OR . 2. There is a Will, but the person(s) who are named PR in the Will...

  3. My recently deceased sister has no will,spouse or children. Our parents are dead. Are my half siblings entiled to equal assets?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Steven J. Fromm
    2. Anne Debelius Lopiano
    3. Bert Z. Tigerman
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes. Half siblings get equal shares as full blood siblings.

  4. My sister recently died and did not have a will. She had no spouse or children. How is the estate split ?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Paula Jeanette Mcgill
    2. Mark L Rosenberg
    3. Anne Debelius Lopiano
    3 lawyer answers

    If either of your sister's natural parents (not stepparents) survived your sister who died)then her entire estate would go to the survibg parents or parent. If both paremts pre-deceded her, than her entire estste goes in equal shares to her surviving brothers and sisters sisters (both half and full bood siblings). The notes left by your sister, uncofrutanately, are not legally binding onn anyone and have no legal effect. Hope this helps! Anne LoPiano

  5. Divorce with yound children

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Zionne Akpan
    2. Anne Debelius Lopiano
    3. Frederick Scott Islieb
    3 lawyer answers

    If you want the right to live in the house after divorce, and or to have the Court order that your ex is to pay any portion of the mortgasge debt, you will have to file as part of your Complaint or Counter Complaint for Divorce, a petition for a "Use and Possession Order". YOu really need to have a Maryland licenses attormey assist you with this.

  6. My boyfriend had surgery for a brain aneurysm and is in ICU. Can his mother be granted power of attorney?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Anne Debelius Lopiano
    2. Janet Lee Brewer
    2 lawyer answers

    If your boyfirend is awake and aware and able to make decisions, he can execute a power of attorney in writing, to any person he chooses. An attorney should be aksed to draw one up if he is concerned that he may not be able to manage his own affairs any time soon. His mother has no right or ability to make herslef his attorney-in-fact (poer of attorney) agaisnt his will. She may however attempt to obtain guardianship over him and his property -- so be on the lookout for any mail to his house...

  7. When spouse ends financial support

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Anne Debelius Lopiano
    2. Ronee F Korbin Steiner
    2 lawyer answers

    You need to contact an attorney immediately to help you obtain a divorce, and to help you cut your losses at this point and before husband gets any more dysfunctional. An attorney will need to be paid for her work on your behalf so review your assets, figure out how to allocate a limp sum to legal fees for resolving this matter, and go for it. Your attorney (if any good) will explain the several ways to approach a divorce: through litgation, thrugh mediation, and through the collaborative law...

  8. My husband of 10 years has not mentioned me in his will. Do I have any rights for inheritance?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Thomas C Valkenet
    2. Anne Debelius Lopiano
    3. Stephen Samuel Messutta
    3 lawyer answers

    YOU ask: My husband has 2 children from his previous marriage and in his will elected them as his beneficiaries and did not mention me at all. He has 2 paid off houses that he purchased before he met me, 401 K plan and other savings. Can I challenge his will? Can my husband's children throw me out of the house when he passes away? ANSWER: Even if he leaves you nothing in his Will, Maryland law allows you both a "family allowance" of $5,000 as a survivign spouse (assuming there are enough...

  9. My aunt who is now deceased was named on a valid will. My aunt does have her only sister living. Can that sister beneit ?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Anne Debelius Lopiano
    2. Steven J. Fromm
    2 lawyer answers

    Only if your living aunt changed her position in life (such as taking care of John Doe every day for along time, or moving in with him just to do so, and giving up some other opportunity in life) would she have grounds for contesting the Will, especially of there are living witnesses to what work she did for John Doe and that the living aunt was relying on a promise made by John Doe. What would have been your other aunt's legacy or bequest will go to whomever John Doe's Codicil say it will go...

  10. Does the Power of Attorney for Health Care form need to be signed by a notary?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Thomas C Valkenet
    2. Anne Debelius Lopiano
    2 lawyer answers

    No-- and I think the form even says so, at the end. Anne LoPiano