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Paley Rothman shares this library of resources with clients and friends of the firm to help them stay ahead of legal and business developments and trends. Here, you will find helpful tips and tools written by our attorneys.

Real Estate

What Tenants Can Expect if Landlord is Selling

If your landlord intends to sell or refinance the building in which you lease space, you will most likely first hear about it when you receive a letter requesting that you sign and deliver what’s called an Estoppel Certificate to the landlord, the prospective purchaser and/or the proposed new lender (either for a refinancing of a loan by the landlord or for a new loan to the prospective purchaser).

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Real Estate

Maryland IDOT Exemption Limited by Senate Bill 1302

During a Special Session held May 14-16 of this year, the Maryland General Assembly passed the State and Local Revenue and Financing Act of 2012 (Senate Bill 1302), which limits application of the Maryland IDOT Exemption (Tax Property, §12-105) to Indemnity Deeds of Trust (referred to in the Bill as Indemnity Mortgages) securing less than $1,000,000.

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Real Estate, Tax

Virginia Residents Can Save On Recordation Taxes

Act fast if you are a Virginia resident planning to refinance with your existing lender. An amendment to Section 58.1-803 of the Virginia Code, which takes effect July 1, 2012, will remove a Recordation Tax exemption that currently limits the application of Virginia’s Recordation Tax to the amount of new money borrowed in a refinance with an existing lender.

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Real Estate

MD Law Expands Recordation & Transfer Tax Exemptions

Recordation and transfer taxes in Maryland are among the highest in the region, and can be prohibitively expensive to someone wanting to transfer real property - during life or at death, outright or in trust - as part of his or her estate planning. A new state law (effective July 1, 2011) that expands existing recordation and transfer tax exemptions should lower the transactional costs for many types of estate planning conveyances. It will also close a loophole that has recently been used by one Maryland county (and is under consideration by other counties in the state) to impose recordation and transfer taxes on certain transfers of real property from an estate.

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Financial Services, Real Estate

Buying Residence With Partner A Complex Matter

You and your significant other - boyfriend or girlfriend, perhaps your fiancée - decide to buy a house or condominium together. You figure it’s better to own than to rent and since the monthly mortgage payments will roughly equal the monthly rental payments, it seems like a good idea. Yet whether you know it or not, the two of you are about to enter into a very complex business arrangement and you had better plan and be prepared for the “what ifs” down the road.

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