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.

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.  So a few weeks later when I discovered a sparking outlet in the basement I decided to get new smoke detectors. In my research (I always research things before…

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Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law – Civil Version

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

Lawyers and lawsuits do sometimes get in the way of good common sense. We admit it. But we feel that you should never expose yourself to legal trouble simply by helping someone at the scene of a car accident or other emergency. The law should protect people who want to be a hero by helping…

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New Maryland Laws to Shield or Expunge Crimes

by Dave Gormley | Posted in DUI/DWI & Criminal Law | Reading Time: 3 minutes

A man in Southern Maryland arrested and handcuffed on his back.

Maryland has a series of new laws that took effect October 1, 2015 affecting people with relatively minor criminal records. In the past, your criminal record was out there for the world to see as public information. Anyone with a computer could see if you were arrested for something, even if it was minor. This…

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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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For Maryland Car Accident & Personal Injury Cases, Contrib is Still the Law

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Personal Injury | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Maryland’s highest court recently decided a personal injury case, and they refused the opportunity to do away with contributory negligence, a defense often used in automobile accident cases and other personal injury claims. Therefore, if you get into a car accident in Maryland, you will still have to worry about the issue of contributory negligence…

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Can my car insurer refuse to renew me if claims aren’t my fault?

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Personal Injury | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Most Maryland drivers worry about their insurer turning them down for “at fault” claims, like causing a car accident which leads to a personal injury lawsuit. But what most Maryland drivers don’t know is that your car insurance can refuse to renew your policy for “not at fault” claims too – if you have too…

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No Personal Injury Protection for Motorcycles in Maryland

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Personal Injury | Reading Time: 2 minutes

If you drive a car in Maryland, your insurance must provide you with $2,500 coverage for personal injury protection. This is a small amount of mandatory no fault insurance coverage for drivers in Maryland. If you are in a car accident, your personal injury protection benefits (known as PIP) will pay your medical bills, and…

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