Maryland’s Smoke Alarm Laws & Safety Advice on Upgrading

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

Southern Maryland truck accident lawyer

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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De Facto Parent Status in Family Law Cases

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

Waldorf child custody lawyer

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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Executive Privilege & the January 6th Investigation

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Legal Comment | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Roe v. Wade

I liked playing constitutional lawyer last time, so I will try my hand at it again. Another big court case you are hearing about is the fight over whether the White House can release Trump documents to the January 6th committee. The appeals court just said yes those documents can be released, and that case...

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When Your Life Insurance Can Refuse to Pay

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

You should get life insurance to protect the loved ones you may leave behind. And you probably think your loved ones are perfectly safe after you sign on the dotted line. But did you know that in Maryland, your life insurance can legally refuse to pay out sometimes? I had a case years ago where...

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Government Shutdown Crisis Budgeting

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

Budgeting crisis.

Here we go again. The government shut down is scheduled to start October 1. Federal employees may soon be unsure about when they will get a paycheck. This one could last a long time.  What is the best way to budget for a short term crisis like the government shutdown? As a bankruptcy attorney in...

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Three Ways to Stop an Eviction in Maryland in 2021

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Bankruptcy & Foreclosure | Reading Time: 6 minutes

The Federal Eviction Moratorium was recently stricken down by the Supreme Court. Thousands of tenants in Maryland are subject to eviction. Congress has done nothing to renew it, so there is no federal lgal protection from eviction right now. If you, or someone you know, is subject to an eviction because they fell behind on...

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Drinking & Passengering is Just as Stupid

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in DUI/DWI & Criminal Law | Reading Time: 3 minutes

An auto accident scene.

As Labor Day approaches, it is good to be reminded about the dangers of drinking and driving. We all know that drinking and driving is stupid. Besides getting busted by Johnny Law, you also risk having a car accident and getting stuck with all those medical bills yourself. You can’t sue for personal injury in...

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