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
- Free Consultation
10 minute no-cost phone consult. Call 410-216-7000 $180 consult fee for most matters (w/out document review) up to 1.5 hrs $200 consult fee w/ document review up to 1.5 hours 50%-100% of the consult fee credited to client's account if the firm is retained for full service within 30 days of consult.
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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.) Representative 2017 flat fees: $240 for most deeds, $250 for PR/estate/corporate deeds $80 for powers of attorney $750 for single member LLC formation package, $505 for estate planning package (individual), $1,250 for revocable trust package. While all the firm's clients are given clear understanding of fees up-front, this list is not a promise to represent, some situations may require additional work and no attorney/client relationship is formed unless we meet and both agree.
- 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. My father passed away in November of 2017...I have lived with him my whole life and I wanted to ask a question
- A: The law sets a priority for paying bills out of an estate when someone dies. You mention having a lawyer -- if the lawyer is handling the probate administration for the estate, they should be able to explain the process of notifying creditors. In instances when an estate has little assets it may be possible to negotiate with creditors. An attorney should be able to help you figure out what equity might exist in the house, which sounds like the only asset in the estate. If the house is worth more than the mortgage, then the creditors have a right to this equity before the property gets transferred to heirs. Unfortunately sometimes this means selling a house. However, if there is no equity then the creditors have no right to go after an heir personally to force them to pay bills. In other words, the deceased person's estate may have to pay people the deceased owed money to, but this debt does not typically pass down to family members. I strongly encourage you to sit down with a lawyer with the bills you are concerned about -- in some cases the debts do not need to be paid, in other cases it is a matter of prioritizing based on the law.
- Q. How do you petition the court for an accounting from the trustee?
- A: If someone is breaching their fiduciary duties as Trustee you are highly encouraged to consult with a Maryland lawyer well-versed in such matters. Adam Spence, a lawyer in Towson, MD of the firm Spence & Brierley, PC is one such lawyer skilled with such cases. Naturally you should contact any attorney directly to see if they are a good fit, there are many other Maryland lawyers who litigate and you have the right to contact any attorney of your choosing. Even outside of any proceeding to oust the Trustee, an attorney can help craft an appropriate demand letter to the Trustee and/or seek court intervention while mapping out a strategy to preserve assets and ensure that the Settlors' wishes are carried out.
- Q. Can I claim siblings on tax return...?
- A: I am sorry to hear of your loss. Most estates do not need to file an estate tax return. An estate tax return is different than an individual tax return. The person who died does typically have a final 1040 income tax return filed in the year they died (which may or may not have dependents depending on the circumstances). You are strongly encouraged to sit down with a tax professional to go over your return, and if you are the Personal Representative for your parent, go over that return as well, to determine the best allocation of dependents. The IRS offers some general guidance on claiming a dependent, see the following IRS Tax tutorial https://apps.irs.gov/app/understandingTaxes/hows/tax_tutorials/mod04/tt_mod04_01.jsp If you have an attorney assisting you with administering the estate(s), the attorney should be able to offer additional insight and/or help you select a tax professional to prepare the final tax returns.
- Q. Can my landlord increase rent 2 days before it's due and make me pay 2/3 of building's utility bills on shared meter?
- A: Generally speaking a landlord cannot increase rent without giving notice. Some leases are written in such a way that any "hold over" tenant (someone who stays beyond their original lease term) automatically has a higher rent that is spelled out in the lease while in other cases the lease converts to a month-to-month tenancy at the same rate. While a landlord can offer a new lease on whatever terms they deem appropriate, they must give notice before changing lease terms and cannot evict without proper notice and going through the court process. Tenants commonly pay for utilities but the lease should spell out who pays for what utilities. Typically water bills are paid to a municipality (county/city) and one can usually contact the government finance department to verify the amount of any water bill for a particular property. It is certainly reasonable to ask for a copy of a bill before contributing towards it. If you face a threatened eviction you are strongly encouraged to seek legal counsel. Since you posted in Maryland, I presume the property is in Maryland, in which case you might want to call a landlord/tenant hotline, such as the one operated by BNI (Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc) for answers to basic questions. You might also want to find a landlord/tenant lawyer in the area where you are renting if you face an illegal eviction.
- Q. husband and wife divorce, husband and wife jointly own a vacation house and a car. husband gets house. wife gets car.
- A: If a husband and wife own property jointly in Maryland, the type of joint ownership automatically changes at divorce to "tenants in common," meaning each person on title owns 1/2 with no survivorship rights to the other person's half. Unless the divorce decree / separation agreement says otherwise, each co-owner can do whatever they want with their respective half. This includes selling their interest, deeding it to someone else or leaving it in their Will. Where a particular piece of real property gets deeded to one spouse after a divorce and they own 100%, they can generally do whatever they please with the entire property. Again, this means they can sell or give away to whomever they wish. Marriage does not automatically make a new spouse a co-owner of anything.
- Q. When does a guest become a tenant in the state of Maryland?
- A: A tenant typically pays rent or has some obligation to pay rent, while a guest does not. A tenant stays pursuant to a lease (whether oral or written) while guests do not have a lease. If a guest has ever paid money to the owner to live in the property, even if only in a part of a house, they are likely a tenant.
- Q. Can I enforce ‘no smoking’ in my condo if I only mentioned ‘no smoking’ in the MLS and not the lease?
- A: An attorney cannot realistically answer a question about enforcing terms against a tenant without looking at the lease in question. Some leases make mention that a tenant needs to abide by posted rules, while others may be silent on the topic.
- Q. For a bank owned property. Is the seller required to disclose to future purchasers, latents defects?
- A: Maryland law requires that most Sellers of residential property disclose latent defects and that they complete a Maryland disclosure/disclaimer statement. However, the law requiring the disclosure/disclaimer specifically exempts "A sale by a lender or an affiliate or subsidiary of a lender that acquired the real property by foreclosure or deed in lieu of foreclosure" See Md. Ann Code, Real Property 10-702(2)
- Q. My mother died with a reverse mortgage and deed her home to me and my brothers. Are we responsible for the mortgage?
- A: Generally a reverse mortgage operates as a lien against the property, meaning that the lender needs to get paid when the house sells/transfers. If the loan is not paid off after the original owner(s) die, the lender has a right to take over and foreclose or sell the property. Heirs should not have any personal liability or responsibility to pay out of their own pockets unless they signed the loan or attempted to transfer the property without paying off the loan.