How to Avoid Losing Your Will & Estate Planning Documents

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Wills & Estates | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Of all the mistakes you can make with your will & estate planning documents, there is one that is easiest to avoid. Don’t lose them! If a loved one of yours suddenly died, would you know where to find their estate planning documents? Would someone else know where to find your estate planning documents? Remember,…

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Consumer Guide to Hiring Home Improvement Contractors

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 7 minutes

A Home improvement project gone wrong can cost you a LOT in time, money, and peace of mind. I have litigated several home improvement disputes over the years. Believe me, you want to avoid being in that position. It is stressful, and expensive.  You can do a lot to avoid being in that situation if…

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How to do an Annual Review

by Dave Gormley | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 7 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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Does the Law Protect Me from Robocalls?

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

A woman calling her lawyer due to the wrongful death of a loved one in Southern Maryland.

We’ve all been there. Should I answer? Is it an emergency? Is it family? Or is it a telemarketer? Today’s telemarketing calls are usually not live people dialing. They are robots. Robocalls are rampant these days, and they are targeting your cell phone. This post will explain how you can get rid of them, and…

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Get Emergency Contact Numbers on Grandma’s Drivers’ License

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 2 minutes

(Originally posted 2011 and update in 2019) The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) may have done something right for a change. Do you want to make sure the right people can be contacted in a medical emergency when you can’t speak for yourself? Do you want to be sure YOU can be contacted in an…

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I’m Just the Cosigner! Why are They Suing Me?

by Dave Gormley | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 3 minutes

In Maryland you will often see cases where the lender just sues the cosigner. This can be very frustrating for the cosigner of a loan. People in this situation who come to us for a bankruptcy consult or civil litigation consult to try to fight the suit often ask “Can they do this?” The short…

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How to Store Your Documents – the Right Way

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

Even in our increasingly digital world, you still have some important legal documents that must be protected. If your most important documents are just shoved into a drawer, or a cheap metal filing cabinet, then you are going to have a HUGE headache if something goes badly. Nobody plans on a house fire, flood, or…

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How to Freeze Your Credit

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 7 minutes

frozen credit card

I was part of the great Equifax hack of 2017. I guess I knew it was only a matter of time, but I had procrastinated taking steps to protect my credit (even after personnally writing about identity theft for this blog!). Now I had to face the music. So I froze my credit this morning….

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Puppy Lemon Law: The Business of Unhealthy Pets

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

Bringing a new pet into your home and your family can be a big deal. Between vet care, maintenance, cost, and getting the little guy acclimated, it can be downright overwhelming. With all that stress, expense, and emotional attachment, you want to make the right choice for you and your family. You want to be…

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