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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

Real Estate Co-Ownership Agreement Protects Owners

If you are thinking about acquiring residential real estate with a person to whom you are not married or with a family member other than your spouse (whether or not you and/or the other co-owner will be living in that property or leasing it to third parties), you should seriously consider entering into a written agreement governing your joint ownership of that property.

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Real Estate

MD Automatic Subordination – Revisiting Lien Priorities

On October 1, 2013, Section 7-112 of Maryland’s Real Property Article went into effect, providing for the automatic subordination of certain junior liens upon the refinancing of a senior lien for a lower interest rate. Plenty has been written and can be found online about the statute and its technical aspects. Instead of just summarizing the statute’s relatively straightforward requirements, let’s look at some of its finer aspects, including why Section 7-112 was necessary in the first place.

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Real Estate

Lawsuit Over Second-Hand Smoke Goes “Up in Smoke”

CIGARETTE SMOKERS — REJOICE! This past summer you may have found a new friend in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. In July, 2013, the court may have introduced a breath of fresh air into the nicotine stained and smoke filled rooms of private homes all over the State. Schuman v. Greenbelt Homes, Inc., 212 Md. App. 451 (2013). Here’s what happened.

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Real Estate

Recordation Exemptions for Commercial Refinancings

Several recent changes to Maryland’s recordation tax exemption law (§12-108 of the Tax-Property Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland), which took effect on July 1, 2013, should result in lower transactional costs in conjunction with the refinancing of commercial loans secured by a mortgage or deed of trust (for convenience, both will be referred to as “deed of trust”) on commercial property.

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