Listing Pets As Assets in Bankruptcy Cases

by Dave Gormley | Posted in Bankruptcy & Foreclosure | Reading Time: 2 minutes

What do a Great Dane, a college visit, and a Yorkie have to do with bankruptcy?  No – it’s not about how expensive college and vet care have become (although that would be a good answer!) My screen saver in my office shows family pictures.  When the picture of our Great Dane pops up, the…

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All About Alimony in a Maryland Divorce

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 8 minutes

This post explains how alimony is handled in a typical Maryland divorce. It is part of our Free Legal Consumer Guide to Divorce in Maryland. Alimony is part of some, but not all, Maryland divorce cases. For all the details on Divorce in Maryland, click here to read our entire Free Legal Guide on Divorce…

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Don’t Put Your Tax Returns Away Until You Do This!

by Dave Gormley | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 6 minutes

You did it! The taxes are done. It is tempting to shove it all in a file cabinet and forget about it until next year. Don’t do that – yet. Have you ever looked at all that information in your taxes? You should! It can be very valuable if you want to get healthy –…

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Divorced Couples Should Work Together – At Least At Tax Time!

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Each tax filing season can bring up thorny issues that will affect couples long after they’ve separated. Unless ex-spouses can set aside their differences, one or both partners will often end up overpaying. For example, one tax preparer in a Wall Street Journal story told of a tax return he did where the wife was…

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What Should You Do With Your Government Stimulus Check?

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

As a bankruptcy lawyer in Southern Maryland, I know people will be asking me what to do with their government stimulus check. To make sure I was ready to answer this question, I figured I would look at what advice financial experts are giving. The advice I read seemed to be the same advice that…

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My COVID 19 Financial Problems: Is Bankruptcy the Answer?

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

Like so many things in life the answer to this question is “that it depends.” The right advice for one person can be the wrong answer for someone else. A person laid off from a restaurant is in a different situation than a person who is working for the federal government. Recently, some clients have…

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Two new federal laws take effect April 1, 2020. Both were created in response to the Covid-19 threat on March 18, 2020. Both provide significant new protections for employees. And, predictably, both are confusing and unclear! Our firm does not handle employment law cases, but since these laws are of great interest to many of…

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The Coronavirus Shutdown: What Happens if I Can’t Make My Chapter 13 Plan Payments

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

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In a chapter 13 plan you are supposed to send in regular plan payments to the bankruptcy trustee.  The Trustee disburses the money to the creditors. Usually this payment comes right out of our paycheck after the plan is confirmed.  If you don’t get a paycheck because you were laid off because of COVID19, those…

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Budgeting for Coronavirus

by Dave Gormley | Posted in Bankruptcy & Foreclosure | Reading Time: 5 minutes

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Even if you have been keeping up with your bills, now is the time to do some emergency budgeting.  Nobody knows how bad this will get. (Things have been changing fast. This post was published on March 14th.  Not even a week later bars and malls were closed.  Now the problem is even bigger.  Unemployment…

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Video Legal Consultations and Meetings

by Dave Gormley | Posted in What's New With Us | Reading Time: 2 minutes

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With everyone in Waldorf and Southern Maryland having busy schedules, and many having long commutes, getting to your lawyer’s office can be a challenge.  Because of this we have always been willing to do appointments and consultations by phone.  Now with the with the corona virus going around you there is even more of a…

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