We bought a house July 2009, just went through paperwork and found two signatures that are not mine. They even misspelled my name. I never looked at the paperwork before because I have been dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
Generally, it's not appropriate for someone to sign your name to a legal document unless they have your permission or a power of attorney from you.See question
A wife's husband dies and his name is on a title to living Parents property. The oldest brother is going to use the death certificate to remove his name from that and other financial instruments. Is there anything for the wife to do? Is this a ...
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.See question
My lawyer is being unresponsive about my case after I paid him. He has done nothing about my case and my court date is coming up soon and has not made any effort to get in touch with me. I have been trying to get in touch with him for the past wee...
I agree with the other answer but that may not be realistic. The type of case you have will make a difference. How judges handles changes of lawyers differs between civil cases and criminal cases. It also differs between District Court and Circuit Caourt and the appellate courts. You should at a minimum consult by phone with another lawyer who can get additional information from you to assess the situation.See question
Wife left the area and I do not know where she is. His estate was never probated. I am the only child.
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.See question
Wills in the State of Maryland....I really don't want my adult son to get anything when I pass,he has not been in my life for a long time.....I want everything to go to my daughter who is ALWAYS taking care of me.......should I leave him a minimal...
Lawyers will have opinions both ways. Leave something or leave nothing. When a parent chooses to cut out a child, that's a tip off to an estate planning lawyer that a Will contest is a serious potential. That creates a situation where a knowledgeable lawyer can take a number of steps to make a Will contest very difficult to win. Those steps depend upon a person's particular circumstances. You would not be wise to try to do this on your own. I suggest you use a lawyer who has some experience with Will contests to do your Will and build in the necessary preventive steps.See question
To place this in further context, I am on supervised probation due to a conviction on a DWI. In addition, to supervised probation for the next year and a half, whereas six months have already lapsed, I had to have an interlock device implemented i...
This is really a "no brainer". With 3 violations, you are at serious risk for a violation of probation and incarceration. In my opinion, the answer to your question is a loud YES.See question
I have submitted the first account and now want an attorney to finish the process . There is a home ( mortgage free ) involved and brother is staying there rent free . He changed locks , will not provide mail , etc . I am the personal repre...
Be happy to have a phone consultation. Just call.See question
i live in Maryland . Born in the 60s . My Mother named me " Smith " , her then husbands name . ( not my biological father's ) last name . So Smith is recorded on my Birth certificate . . I was registered in school as Jones . my real da...
Nothing you've written indicates to me that any of your marriages were illegal. If you are in a situation where someone is formally challenging the Will or your marriage, you will be over your head in trying to handle it on your own. Don't waste time trying to be your own lawyer - call a lawyer and at least get a consultation. On the other hand, it is quite common in death situations for relatives (especially children by a prior marriage) to threaten and advance theories that won't hold water. If that's what's going on, time to act is perhaps not so critical. One other thing is that because there is a Will and people are making noise, I presume that someone has started probate or will soon do so. If you are doing the probate, you probably should hire a lawyer to assist you and answer these kinds of questions.See question
I terminated my attorney for non performance.
As noted by the other attorney, almost all PI cases are handled on a contingency (percentage) basis. However, an attorney and client could enter into a contract for it to be done on an hourly basis and some contingency contracts provide for an hourly rate in the event that the attorney is terminated by the client. Hourly rates vary greatly depending upon many factors including the experience of the lawyer and how much demand there is for the lawyer. Very generally, in Maryland those rates are usually above $100/hour for a very inexperienced lawyer and can go to over $500/hour for an experienced lawyer.See question
By Maryland Code what can a Maryland Lawyer charge to do an ancilllary probate in Maryland?
Technically whatever is a reasonable charge. We have a statute that regulates PR Commissions. Which are limited to approval by the court or the heirs/legatees but cannot exceed 9% of the first $20,000 and 3.6% of the remainder. There is an unwritten "rule" that in a routine probate, the combination of PR Commission and attorney fees should not exceed those percentages. Usually to go beyond that, there needs to be either litigation or something quite unusual that justifies the higher amount. Also technically what occurs in Maryland is not an ancillary probate but rather a recognition of the appointment of the PR in the other state. I think you'll find that most lawyers doing this kind of work charge by the hour.See question