Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13: Understanding The Difference

by blackfin | Posted in Bankruptcy & Foreclosure | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Filing for bankruptcy is never an easy decision. People often file for bankruptcy after a long period of financial stress. Unexpected financial troubles like a medical emergency or job loss can strain relationships and upend lives. Fortunately, the Bankruptcy Code provides individual consumers with a fresh start and a chance to reorganize and recover. Our...

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New Maryland Laws Effective Today

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 5 minutes

If it’s October, you can bet Maryland has some new laws. October 1 is when most new Maryland laws take effect. As per usual, we have the rundown of the new Maryland laws that are likely to affect you the most. Share this with friends and family. Everyone should know this stuff. Rear Facing Child...

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Punitive Damages in Maryland Personal Injury Cases – Can You Get That?

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Personal Injury | Reading Time: 3 minutes

In a recent personal injury case in another state, a jury awarded $7 billion (yes, that is with a “b”) in punitive damages to the family of a lady who was murdered by her cable repairman. This award was on top of $375 million in actual compensatory damages for the personal injury case. Could something...

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When Can You Legally Leave a Child Unattended in Maryland?

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Two children happily playing in a park in Southern Maryland.

The following content was updated in July 2022 Most of us know it is simply common sense not to leave a young child unattended. But did you know Maryland has a specific law on when you can legally leave a child unattended? Did you know Maryland provides an exact age requirement for leaving children unattended?...

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What Happens in Maryland if Roe v. Wade is overturned?

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Legal Comment | Reading Time: 13 minutes

NOTE & UPDATE: This article was originally published on October 26, 2021, right before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case that would eventually overturn Roe v. Wade. We predicted the court would overturn Roe. We were right. Today, the court did overturn Roe v. Wade. So, what does that mean in Maryland?...

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Maryland’s Smoke Alarm Laws & Safety Advice on Upgrading

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 4 minutes

A woman calling her attorney after an accident in Southern Maryland.

It’s almost daylight savings time again – when you are supposed to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. This year, you should consider replacing more than batteries. When we bought our house it came with the original issue smoke detectors. That January there was a story in the news about a tragic fire in Annapolis. ...

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In Family Law Cases, The Court Cannot Do Everything

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 6 minutes

A couple arguing.

We tend to think of courts as having pretty much supreme power to order people to do what they see fit.This is particularly true in a divorce or child custody case, where a lot is at stake. In reality, that is only partially true. Generally speaking, if the parties to a family law case cannot...

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Everybody Lies on Social Media—Just Ask Bankruptcy Asset Hunters

by Dave Gormley | Posted in Bankruptcy & Foreclosure | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Foreclosure mediation in Maryland.

Bankruptcy asset hunters are just now discovering what many Facebookers have known for a long time: not everything is as it seems on social media. In fact, people often just plain lie! “Asset hunting” is a special job in bankruptcy cases. When an asset hunter is assigned to a debtor’s case, it’s their job to...

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De Facto Parent Status in Family Law Cases

by Nasheia Conway | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 4 minutes

A child who is under custody in Southern Maryland.

The old woman who lived in a shoe probably never wondered if she was a parent. She had so many children, how could she not know? But for some people, it is not that obvious – at least from a legal perspective. What about grandparents who raise their grandchildren as their own? Are they simply...

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