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When Is A Trustee Deed Not A Trustee Deed?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Much of the time, documents related to real property are required to be exact and specific, satisfying listed criteria in order to qualify as a deed, or a mortgage, or another type of document. However, the intention of the parties can sometimes make all the difference, particularly if a reasonable person could draw another… Read More »

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Make Sure You Nominate The Right Trustee

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

A trust is one of the most common estate planning tools used in the U.S. today, partly due to its adaptability to any number of situations. A trust may be revocable or not, inter vivos (“living”) or not, and it may be aimed at specific beneficiaries. However, a trust, no matter how well executed,… Read More »

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How Far Does A Court’s Discretion Stretch?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

In many states, including Maryland, a court sentencing a defendant has very broad discretion. However, that discretion is not limitless, and it is subject to review and modification if changes happen, either in an individual case or in state or federal law. The Court of Special Appeals recently handled a case dealing with a… Read More »

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What Happens When The Police “Only Pretend To Honor” Your Right To Remain Silent?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

One of the bedrock principles of criminal law is that a suspect always has the right to remain silent when questioned by law enforcement. Indeed, if the police start to interrogate you and you invoke your right to silence, the questioning must stop immediately. Of course, police often look for ways to get around… Read More »

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Can Legal Conduct Still Constitute A Crime?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

In most situations, a person commits a crime when they engage in conduct that is unlawful. However, there are some situations where behavior that would otherwise be perfectly legal can constitute a crime, because the person acting in that manner intends to do so for an illegal or otherwise malevolent reason. An opinion out… Read More »

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Can Someone Tortiously Interfere With A Maryland Inheritance?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When someone passes away, and they leave a will, it will normally be submitted to the Orphans’ Court (the probate court in the state of Maryland) and then admitted to probate once its authenticity and validity has been established. The law does allow any of the decedent’s heirs or ‘legatees’ to file what is… Read More »

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Do Certain Real Estate Liens Take Precedence Over Others’ Claims To The Property?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Normally, the process of selling off real property is one that takes not days, but weeks or even months, depending on how many issues arise. This can be a surprise to some people, but sometimes, speed is of the essence, especially if they are trying to sell their property in order to pay off… Read More »

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Can My Family Ties In Foreign Countries Be Used Against Me When Applying For A Security Clearance?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Most of the time, when a person is applying for a job, they are doing so on their own merits, with only their record and their achievements to speak for them. However, when a person is applying for a security clearance, much more than their own record is scrutinized – everything from past friends… Read More »

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How an “Ambiguity” in a Commercial Lease Can Lead to Litigation

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When negotiating any form of real estate lease, it is critical to be precise. Any ambiguity in the terms of a lease may lead to disagreements between the parties, which in turn can lead to litigation. And if a judge finds that the lease is indeed ambiguous, it may be necessary to look at… Read More »

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Maryland Court of Appeals Recognizes Tort of “Intentional Interference” with an Inheritance

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

The purpose of any estate plan is to distribute your property according to your wishes. So what happens if someone interferes with those wishes? Many states have recognized a specific kind of tort claim known as “intentional interference with an inheritance or gift.” Indeed, just recently the Maryland Court of Appeals decided to recognize… Read More »

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