Attorney Cedulie Laumann is the managing attorney of small law firm in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The firm accepts clients in real estate, small business, guardianship and civil litigation matters.
She enjoys helping clients reach positive solutions to their legal needs. Whether a client needs a simple deed transfer or representation in a "high stakes" lawsuit, quality representation should keep the client's unique needs in mind. Her firm employs innovative "flat fee" billing arrangements and fee options outside the traditional hourly based approach.
"Legal Answers & Representation Relevant to YOUR needs!"
- Business Law
- Employment Law
- Estate Planning
- Real Estate Law
- General Civil
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- Contingent Fees
Attorneys fees may be handled on a contingency basis (client does not pay unless there is recovery) in certain cases, including injury, certain types of real estate matters and judgment collections.
- Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
10 min no cost initial consult by phone. Flat fee consultations for up to 1.5 hour attorney meeting. Option of flat fee billing many types of cases, including Estate Planning (Trusts, Wills, etc.), Business Formation (LLCs, etc.) and Real Estate (tax sale foreclosure litigation, deeds, contracts, etc.)
- English: Spoken, Written
- managing attorney
- Arden Law Firm, LLC
- Adjunct Faculty
- St. Joseph's University
- University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
- Honors: Order of the Coif Top 10% of Graduating Class
- Maryland State Bar
- - Current
- Q. Can we void a purchase contract on a house if the septic report comes back with an urgent need for replacement?
- A: An attorney cannot answer this without looking at the Contract itself. If the Contract has an inspection contingency then generally it will give a certain amount of time where the Buyers must communicate the desire to terminate the Contract due to an unsatisfactory inspection. So long as the buyer gives notice in that time frame and the way the contract says they can likely back out and get their money back. However, if the Contract gives the Seller the right to repair or if the timeframe for backing out has passed the answer will change.
- Q. My wife and I are both on deed, but only wife is on mortgage note. What ramifications for me in divorce?
- A: I'll answer from the real estate angle. I'd first verify that in fact you are not on the Deed of Trust. If you are not listed as a borrower, then you have no obligation to the lender and no basis for default although the lender could still foreclose and take the property. You may wish to consult with a divorce lawyer for a broader answer on how that might affect your current proceedings.
- Q. My house is in my and my ex-wife's name. She wants to take her name off the deed and replace it with her son/my stepson.
- A: Yes, it is possible. My firm does family deed transfers regularly. Each firm sets its own fee, but there is the attorney fee for the deed and the government recording fees ($60 per recording, some counties/jurisdictions have an additional lien release fee). Maryland law exempts transfers from either parent to child or spouse to spouse from transfer/recordation taxes. Care needs to be taken in setting up and one would likely want an affidavit outlining the exemption but it is definitely do-able.
- Q. Do I need a license to flip a house in Maryland? (Buy, renovate, sell for profit)
- A: No. Anyone can buy or sell. However, you should become familiar with the risks and liabilities in that line of work and understand the tax implications.
- Q. how do I obtain copy of will not filed for probate in Maryland after person who made will died?
- A: The Personal Representative has a duty to file the Will with the probate court after the person dies. Once they do so it becomes a matter of public record and anyone can get a copy by going to the Register of Wills. If they do not do so in a timely fashion, any other interested person can petition the court either to get orders to locate the Will and/or to become Personal Representative instead.
- Q. If an adult child has been living in the house and the parent homeowner dies, can they continue living in the house?
- A: A reverse mortgage usually by its terms must be paid off as soon as the homeowner dies. Other types of mortgages will allow certain family members to assume or keep on paying the mortgage.
- Q. My brother died without a will. Can I apply for Administrator of his estate, even though he had a daughter?
- A: Yes, a sibling may apply although the child would have priority to serve. If the daughter consents you can simply file her consent with your petition.
- Q. My husband died instate is his living adult child entitled to anything
- A: Yes, if the person who died had assets titled in their name. Under Maryland law if a married person dies without a will, the PROBATE property is divided between the spouse and the children. Note that sometimes the property does not pass through probate so it is important to know what goes through the estate and what does not. You're encouraged to talk with an attorney about the specifics of your situation.
- Q. What is a $15,000 statutory family allowance. And what is it for?
- A: When someone dies without a Will the law says how the property gets divided up. For instance, if someone is married without kids, their share gets divided between the surviving spouse and parents. Or if they are married with children it gets divided between the spouse and kids. To make sure that the surviving spouse has enough, the law gives a statutory "allowance," meaning the first $15,000 goes to the spouse before the property gets split up.