November 16, 2003
Some readers want to know who owns real property titled in the name of a deceased spouse, parent or other relative. Assuming the property deed does not name people who have a right of survivorship, the property owned by a decedent is part of his or her estate. A personal representative must be appointed by the register of wills to administer the estate and distribute property to the heirs who are entitled to receive it. Changing the name on the deed is an important detail if a descendant plans to sell the property.
November 28, 1993
QUESTION: My neighbor wants to install an in-ground swimming pool, but I believe that it will extend into my property. How can I be sure where my property ends and his begins? I received a "location survey" at settlement when I bought my house.ANSWER: The only accurate way to be sure of the location of your property is to have a boundary survey. According to David S. Thaler, a licensed surveyor and engineer, the "location surveys" commonly received at settlement are not suitable for locating property.
August 20, 1995
Q: My husband and I are about to buy a house. We are worried what would happen to the house if one of us dies. How can we take title to protect our interests?Janet Rossman,ReisterstownA: There are three forms of ownership when more than one person is involved:* Tenancy in common: Each individual owner has an undivided interest in the property -- that is, if three people each own one-third interest in a property, each owns one-third interest in the entire property. Each owner can sell his or her interest to another person, or will it to an heir.
November 21, 1993
The search for the killers of Baltimore millionaire J. Schuyler "Sky" Alland was at a standstill in the summer of 1992. Whoever executed the businessman for his $80,000 black BMW apparently had gotten away with murder -- not to mention the car.U.S. Park Police Detective Timothy M. Squires was handling the first murder of his career, but he made a bold promise."He promised that he would find these guys," said Dorothy Alland Leighton, Mr. Alland's mother. "He said, 'Even when I retire, I'll continue to work on this case with no pay until I find who killed your son.' "His promise was fulfilled Wednesday when federal prosecutors wrapped up an intricate nationwide investigation into the February 1992 murder with the conviction of the killer, John Graham Bridges, 30, of Norfolk, Va. A co-defendant, Robert Patrick Gray, 25, of Cockeysville pleaded guilty Nov. 5."
June 14, 2012
A large waterfront parcel in Port Covington sold for $2 million at foreclosure auction Thursday to an investor who declined to identify himself. The site contains 5.2 acres of land and about five additional acres on two piers that jut into Winan's Cove. It is assessed for tax pursposes at $521,000. The site's previous owner, Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, defaulted on a multimillion-dollar mortgage, resulting in the trustee-ordered sale. The now-defunct developer owed more than $10.7 million for the land in South Baltimore off East Cromwell Street.
April 16, 2011
When I read about an effort in the Baltimore City Council to obtain corporate sponsorship for city buildings and property, I could not resist making a list of possible new appellations and potential partnerships for our town. One of the first pieces of municipal property that came to mind was the Shot Tower. Perhaps I thought about it because I can see it from my desk, if I lean back in my chair as if I am taking a snooze (a posture I often assume in the late afternoon). From my vantage point, not much has been happening at the tower other than an American flag occasionally flying atop it (which was, at one point earlier this year, inexplicably replaced with a smiley-face flag)