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

Do You Advocate for Father’s Rights?

The other day I got a call in the office and the caller asked me just that question: "Do you advocate for father's rights?" My response was "I advocate for parent's rights". CLICK! I can't say I was surprised that the caller hung up on me. When you ask a question like that it signals that you believe there is an unjust tilting of the judicial process in favor of women. That perception, spoken with absolute Read More

The Valuable Estate Planning Lesson I Learned at a Funeral

I have attend a few too many funerals lately. Not the kind of thing one likes to do or frankly expects to learn anything from - at least from an estate planning perspective. But just this past weekend I attended the funeral for a dear friend's mother, who I knew well herself. And while she did not have a large estate to deal with, she took the time to plan in a way that probably was much more important. She planned Read More

Long Term Health Care – the Costs Just Might Kill You!

You simply can not afford to grow old in Maryland - not with what it costs for long term health care i.e. assisted living or nursing home care. That is unless you do a heck of a lot of financial planning now, hit the lottery, or work until you die. One is not desirable, one is not likely, and one seems difficult. But you have to do it because nobody else is and the crisis is getting worse. Every year Genworth Read More