At The Law Offices of John Umholtz, we provide Annapolis residents with compassionate legal counsel. We practice exclusively in the areas of estate planning, business law, and real estate law, and we will take a personalized, client-first approach to strategize your case around your goals. Learn more about Attorney John Umholtz’s background and experience by reading through his personal bio below.
Clients are people, not cases. Attorney Umholtz approaches all his clients with compassion and personalized attention, treating them with respect and providing them the legal support they need to resolve their disputes. Whether you have questions about modifying or drafting a will, navigating the probate process, or fulfilling a real estate transaction, Attorney Umholtz will work side-by-side with you to settle your concerns.
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Client FocusedWe develop personalized solutions for every one of our clients.
Flexible ServicesWe aim to provide flexible and compassionate support so you can feel taken care of every step of the way.
Dedicated AdvocateWe provide personalized estate planning solutions to meet our clients’ personal needs.
Experienced CounselWe have been representing Annapolis clients for years in and out of court.
If someone passes away without a will in place, their property enters the probate process and is distributed according to the state intestacy laws. What this means is that the Court will distribute property to people based only on their relationship to you. There may be no consideration of estrangement, or close bonds with people who are friends or further removed on the family tree. Generally speaking, only the people who have the closest relation to you (ie. spouse first, then children, parents, siblings, etc.) will receive assets out of your estate. Having a will allows you to elect any person, no matter the closeness of your legal relationship, to receive any portion of your estate that you desire.
Title review is an essential step in the home buying process. Title review serves two main functions. First is to make sure the person you are buying the property from actually has the authority to transfer the property to you. The seller must be the actual owner of the property and they must have sole ownership, or at least being authorized to speak for any other co-owners. Second, it lets you know whether the property is encumbered by a lien, mortgage, or similar encumbrance. Title review is your safeguard to receiving a clear title.
Trusts are powerful tools with numerous uses and applications. The first question you need to answer when setting up a trust is ‘what is the purpose of this trust?’ Whether it is to protect assets, safeguard property for a minor, simplifying the estate planning process, or any other myriad reasons, asking what the trust is for will inform each decision you make regarding its formation. There are many questions which must be answered after the purpose has been established.
‘Which property should be transferred to the trust?’
‘Who should be the trustees?’
‘Who are the beneficiaries?’
‘How long should the trust last?’
These questions are just some of the more common questions that must be answered, no matter the purpose that is decided on.
I have used attorneys in the past, and John is superior!!
“John Umholtz is the best lawyer I have ever used and met. He listens to your case very well before he gives any advice. He’s extremely intelligent, thorough, and honest. His fees are more than reasonable. I highly recommend John for ANY legal needs whatsoever. I have used attorneys in the past, and John is superior!!”
We would not hesitate to use his services.
“John is a competent attorney with a creative, intelligent legal mind. We would not hesitate to use his services.”