New Maryland Laws Effective Today

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

If it’s October, you can bet Maryland has some new laws. October 1 is when most new Maryland laws take effect. As per usual, we have the rundown of the new Maryland laws that are likely to affect you the most. Share this with friends and family. Everyone should know this stuff. Rear Facing Child...

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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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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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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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Tax Break For Pet Foster Parents

by Dave Gormley | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: < 1 minute

Years ago my daughter adopted a great dane. He is now passed on, but he became a part of our family. If you think we are crazy to have a great dane you should take some time to learn about this great bread of dog. When I realized we were coming up on the anniversary...

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Be a Safer Driver! Rules of the Road You Don’t Remember

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Personal Injury | Reading Time: 6 minutes

Did you know that a car accident happens about every 5 seconds? And somebody suffers a personal injury from a car accident every 10 seconds? And worse yet, somebody is killed due to wrongful death in a car accident every 14 minutes! Those are staggering numbers. And we should all do everything we can do...

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Maryland’s Laws on Underage Drinking

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in DUI/DWI & Criminal Law | Reading Time: 4 minutes

What is the law regarding parents allowing teens to drink? Is it ever legal? How far can parents go in allowing underage drinking? We will explain the laws about allowing underage drinking at your home, and the possible civil and criminal penalties you could face. We also provide links to some great resources for talking...

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