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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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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