Maryland Estate Planning: Understanding the Role of the Executor

When someone has a will written up, they need to choose someone to be the executor. Many people consider this a great honor, as it means that the individual has a lot of trust in them. This is not just an honorary designation, however. An executor will have a number of very important legal obligations upon the death of the individual. Before accepting this responsibility, learn about some of the key duties you will Read More

A Brief Overview of Maryland Property Division

When going through a divorce, one of the hardest things to do is come to an agreement on who gets what in terms of the marital assets. Even in otherwise civil cases, couples often can’t come to a mutual agreement about how their assets will be distributed and it ends up having to go to court to have a judge decide. While this should be avoided when possible, it is good to know what standards the judge will use should Read More

A Brief Q&A on the Maryland Probate Process

The Maryland probate process involves proving that a deceased person’s will is valid and administering property or debts in accordance with the valid will. Depending on the amount of property or debt, the probate process can be complicated. The following information will help you work toward understanding the Maryland probate process. What is a will? A will is a legal document that is signed by the decedent in Read More

Maryland Personal Injury Law: Understanding the Concept of “Contributory Negligence”

Negligence is a legal term that means that one party was careless or failed to act in a way that a reasonable person would act in a similar situation. Negligence is also a concept used to determine fault in personal injury and other types of legal cases. There are situations where one person is completely at fault for another person’s injuries. However, in some circumstances, both parties are at least partially at Read More

Why Do I Need a HIPAA Authorization?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), was enacted by the US Congress to help workers get insurance coverage and prevent discrimination. A key protection in HIPAA is the Privacy Rule which aims to keep your medical records as private as possible so that only you, your treating physicians, and the insurance companies that pay for your medical treatments know what is in the records. Read More

Prenuptial Prohibitions

In recent years, prenuptial agreements have slowly begun to shake off their unwarranted bad reputation—no, they do not lead to divorce—and couples have started viewing these contracts as highly beneficial for their relationship. Also known as premarital or antenuptial agreements, couples sign these contracts prior to their legal union. The document dictates various financial terms for their marriage and for any Read More

An Introduction to Maryland Marital Property Division

Even in the best of circumstances, going through a divorce is a very painful and difficult process. One of the most difficult, and often confusing, parts of a divorce is dealing with the division of assets. The laws governing the division of marital property vary from state to state, so it is important to know what to expect in Maryland. Maryland is an equitable division state, a term which can often be Read More

Injured in a Slip & Fall Accident? Take These 5 Key Steps to Protect Your Claim

When you are injured on someone else’s property as a result of the negligence of the property owner, you may be entitled to compensation to help you pay for things like medical costs, lost wages, and even the pain and suffering that results from your injuries. However, personal injury cases such as this can be incredibly complex, and there are steps you must take following the accident in order to preserve your right Read More

3 Key Things Your Will Doesn’t Accomplish

When most people think about the estate planning process, they think about one thing: writing a will. Many people assume that more in depth estate planning is reserved only for the very wealthy, or they may not even be aware of the numerous other estate planning tools available to them. While wills are certainly essential tools, they do not necessarily accomplish everything you might expect. Read below to learn Read More

5 Reasons a DIY Will is a Bad Idea!

I am astounded how often I am asked what I think about using an online resource like LegalZoom to prepare a Will or other estate planning documents. Really? My normal response is to ask whether or not the person would try DIY dentistry on themselves or a loved one. Why would you want to trust that an on-line questionnaire could gather enough information from you about your family and your financial assets to prepare Read More