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 lawyer 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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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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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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Government Programs to Stop Foreclosure & Avoid Bankruptcy

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

There is a lot of help available for those Maryland homeowners who face foreclosure. There are a lot of federal laws too. To be honest, many of these government programs are not as helpful as they were meant to be. Some only consider people in a very narrow set of circumstances. Some are narrow in...

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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 attorney for legal help 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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