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April 30, 2000
Dear Mr. Azrael: My sister and I inherited six ground rents from our mother, who had inherited some of them from her mother. We would like to change the name on the titles or deeds to our names so we can sell them. Or is it not necessary to do so? We think we have all the supporting documentation. Could you please tell us how to solve our problem? Barbara Horwitz, Baltimore Dear Ms. Horwitz: Real estate -- including ground rents -- can be transferred only by the person or entity who owns legal title.
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February 15, 2004
Dear Mr. Azrael: Recently, my mother passed away and I am the executor of her will. There are two ground rents that she owned. How do I turn them over to other family members? Can I do this myself or do I have to have a lawyer to process the papers? How much would this cost, as the properties are very old? Dear reader: Under Maryland probate law, there is a specific process that must be followed to transfer real property of a decedent to the persons who are legally entitled to receive the property.
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BUSINESS
March 30, 2003
A reader writes that he inherited a small lot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia after his mother passed away two years ago. He asked the local taxing authority what needed to be done to transfer the property to his name. He was advised of the procedure for transferring the property for tax records, which basically involved sending authorities a copy of the will. He then began receiving and paying tax bills. He never received any deed or other documentation showing him as property owner.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2003
Dear Mr. Azrael: I have a ground rental property on Cole Street. Fortunately, I am collecting ground rent. However, the property is in my deceased father's name and I would very much like to sell it. I have been to the records bureau in Baltimore and found it to be a maze of confusion. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. Susan Hines Hampstead Dear Ms. Hines: To sell or convey the ground rent, you must open an estate with the Register of Wills in the county where your father resided at the date of his death.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2004
Dear Mr. Azrael: Recently, my mother passed away and I am the executor of her will. There are two ground rents that she owned. How do I turn them over to other family members? Can I do this myself or do I have to have a lawyer to process the papers? How much would this cost, as the properties are very old? Dear reader: Under Maryland probate law, there is a specific process that must be followed to transfer real property of a decedent to the persons who are legally entitled to receive the property.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2003
Dear Mr. Azrael: I have a ground rental property on Cole Street. Fortunately, I am collecting ground rent. However, the property is in my deceased father's name and I would very much like to sell it. I have been to the records bureau in Baltimore and found it to be a maze of confusion. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. Susan Hines Hampstead Dear Ms. Hines: To sell or convey the ground rent, you must open an estate with the Register of Wills in the county where your father resided at the date of his death.
NEWS
By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | November 10, 2001
A town administrator in Cecil County who once served as Howard County's police chief is under indictment on charges that he stole more than $80,000 from his late mother's estate and lied during an Orphans' Court hearing. A Howard County grand jury returned a three-count indictment Thursday against Robert O. Mathews, 63, of Earlville, on charges of felony theft, misappropriation by a fiduciary and perjury that allegedly took place over a nearly six-year period starting a few months after his mother's death in 1995.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2000
Dear Mr. Azrael, I inherited my father's house when he passed away. Later, my husband died and I re-did my will. The house was put in my daughter's name without my realizing it. My daughter moved into the house and I thought that was that. In 1998, my daughter passed away without leaving a will. I thought she had paid all the taxes and water bills. Wrong! When I tried to sell the house, I was told on the day of settlement that I did not own the house and that I could not sell it. It had been sold at a tax sale.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2000
Dear Mr. Azrael: My husband died two years ago without a will. The home had both our names on the deed, but because of some error, the ground rent, which we had redeemed about 20 years after buying the house, had only his name on it. I have had one lawyer who took my case but did nothing about it for over six months and kept putting me off. I now have another lawyer working on it but have heard nothing about it. No one seems to want to handle it. ...
NEWS
By JEANE KIRKPATRICK | July 7, 1995
Washington -- Another good idea has come and nearly gone in Bosnia where the shelling and starvation of Sarajevo's civilian population continues. The Rapid Reaction Force, conceived by France and Great Britain during the hostage crisis, will, it now appears, be neither rapid nor forceful. Its operation will be subject to U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali's normal U.N. rules of engagement and will need the permission of his personal representative, Yasushi Akashi, for the use of force.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2003
A reader writes that he inherited a small lot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia after his mother passed away two years ago. He asked the local taxing authority what needed to be done to transfer the property to his name. He was advised of the procedure for transferring the property for tax records, which basically involved sending authorities a copy of the will. He then began receiving and paying tax bills. He never received any deed or other documentation showing him as property owner.
NEWS
By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | November 10, 2001
A town administrator in Cecil County who once served as Howard County's police chief is under indictment on charges that he stole more than $80,000 from his late mother's estate and lied during an Orphans' Court hearing. A Howard County grand jury returned a three-count indictment Thursday against Robert O. Mathews, 63, of Earlville, on charges of felony theft, misappropriation by a fiduciary and perjury that allegedly took place over a nearly six-year period starting a few months after his mother's death in 1995.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2000
Dear Mr. Azrael, I inherited my father's house when he passed away. Later, my husband died and I re-did my will. The house was put in my daughter's name without my realizing it. My daughter moved into the house and I thought that was that. In 1998, my daughter passed away without leaving a will. I thought she had paid all the taxes and water bills. Wrong! When I tried to sell the house, I was told on the day of settlement that I did not own the house and that I could not sell it. It had been sold at a tax sale.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2000
Dear Mr. Azrael: My husband died two years ago without a will. The home had both our names on the deed, but because of some error, the ground rent, which we had redeemed about 20 years after buying the house, had only his name on it. I have had one lawyer who took my case but did nothing about it for over six months and kept putting me off. I now have another lawyer working on it but have heard nothing about it. No one seems to want to handle it. ...
BUSINESS
April 30, 2000
Dear Mr. Azrael: My sister and I inherited six ground rents from our mother, who had inherited some of them from her mother. We would like to change the name on the titles or deeds to our names so we can sell them. Or is it not necessary to do so? We think we have all the supporting documentation. Could you please tell us how to solve our problem? Barbara Horwitz, Baltimore Dear Ms. Horwitz: Real estate -- including ground rents -- can be transferred only by the person or entity who owns legal title.
NEWS
By JEANE KIRKPATRICK | July 7, 1995
Washington -- Another good idea has come and nearly gone in Bosnia where the shelling and starvation of Sarajevo's civilian population continues. The Rapid Reaction Force, conceived by France and Great Britain during the hostage crisis, will, it now appears, be neither rapid nor forceful. Its operation will be subject to U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali's normal U.N. rules of engagement and will need the permission of his personal representative, Yasushi Akashi, for the use of force.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer | December 23, 1992
For 17 years, Edna Offer helped care for Martha Ann Satterfield, a retired school administrator from Churchton.When Mrs. Satterfield died of cancer in 1991, it would have surprised no one if the administrator left something in her will for her longtime housekeeper.But an Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury last week found that Ms. Satterfield did not -- and that the will drawn up naming Mrs. Offer as chief beneficiary of her $400,000 estate was a fraud.Jurors, after four days of testimony, decided in 20 minutes against the validity of a will leaving most of the estate to Mrs. Offer, of the 5300 block of Deale Churchton Road, Churchton.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,sun reporter | December 17, 2006
Knott family legal battle might be over, but family still feuding A recent court decision to dismiss two siblings from the prominent Baltimore Knott family as representatives of their late mother's estate could end the legal battle over millions of dollars that were slated for the family's foundation but were instead donated to charities. But by most accounts, the family feud will rage on. In the latest turn of events, Patricia K. Smyth and Francis X. Knott, who were appointed as representatives of the estate, were relieved of their duties by an order from the Orphans' Court of Baltimore City.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer | December 23, 1992
For 17 years, Edna Offer helped care for Martha Ann Satterfield, a retired school administrator from Churchton.When Mrs. Satterfield died of cancer in 1991, it would have surprised no one if the administrator left something in her will for her longtime housekeeper.But an Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury last week found that Ms. Satterfield did not -- and that the will drawn up naming Mrs. Offer as chief beneficiary of her $400,000 estate was a fraud.Jurors, after four days of testimony, decided in 20 minutes against the validity of a will leaving most of the estate to Mrs. Offer, of the 5300 block of Deale Churchton Road, Churchton.
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