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  • What is a D4A Special Needs Trust?

    In Maryland, a buy-sell agreement is a legal contract between co-owners of a business or property that outlines the terms and conditions under which one owner may sell their share to the other owner(s).

    Buy-sell agreements are often used to provide a framework for the transfer of ownership in the event of certain triggering events, such as the death, disability, retirement, or voluntary departure of one of the owners. The agreement can also include provisions for the sale of an owner’s share if they default on a loan or violate certain terms of the agreement.

    The buy-sell agreement can specify the price at which the owner’s share will be sold, as well as the terms of payment and any other conditions that must be met before the sale can be completed. It can also address issues such as how the business will be valued, who will be responsible for managing the business, and how disputes will be resolved.

    A buy-sell agreement can be an important tool for protecting the interests of all co-owners and ensuring that the business or property continues to operate smoothly in the event of unexpected events. It’s important to work with a qualified attorney to draft a buy-sell agreement that meets the specific needs of the co-owners and complies with Maryland law.

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  • What does a Financial Power of Attorney do?

    A financial power of attorney is a legal document that grants a person (the agent or attorney-in-fact) the authority to manage the financial affairs of another person (the principal) in the event that the principal becomes incapacitated or unable to manage their financial affairs on their own.

    A financial power of attorney typically grants the agent the authority to perform a wide range of financial tasks on behalf of the principal, including:

    Paying bills and expenses
    Managing bank accounts and investments
    Filing taxes
    Buying or selling real estate or other property
    Applying for government benefits
    Signing contracts and legal documents

    The agent’s authority to act on the principal’s behalf can be limited to specific tasks or can be broad enough to cover all financial matters.

    A financial power of attorney is an important estate planning document that can help to ensure that a person’s financial affairs are managed in the event that they become incapacitated. It is important to choose an agent who is trustworthy and capable of handling financial matters, and to review and update the financial power of attorney regularly to ensure that it reflects any changes in a person’s circumstances or wishes.
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