There is Just So Much a Will Can’t Do

When people hear the phrase “estate planning,” their minds usually jump to the Last Will and Testament. While a Will is generally the simplest form of estate planning, it does not do what most people think it can. Often, a Will drafted with an attorney or using an online service or DIY form does not do what the drafter thought it would when he or she put it together. So, What Does a Will Do? Basically, all a Read More

Maryland Family Law: The Factors Maryland Courts Consider When Determining Child Support Amounts

Since 1990, Maryland courts have been required to use Child Support Guidelines in all cases involving children. These guidelines suggest a certain amount that should be paid to meet the cost of raising the children of the divorced parents. Let’s explore these factors:   Both parents' actual monthly income   To determine how much child support should be paid, the court must first evaluate each parent's Read More

Failed Plans: Avoid These 3 Common Estate Planning Mistakes

Thinking about your mortality can evoke uncomfortable feelings, but it is something everyone has to come to terms with eventually. You have to be able to ask yourself the hard questions, like: Who will take control of your property and assets once you are gone? Will your family stay united whatever the outcome, and how will your legacy continue? These are important decisions to make and requires careful thought Read More

4 Situations Where a Post-Judgment Modification May Be Necessary

After a divorce is finalized, you will have several orders in place that must be followed for a set period of time. In most cases, these orders will be in place for several years at the least, and in some situations, are actually meant to last for life. The courts understand, however, that people’s situations change and it is sometimes necessary to have a post-judgment modification made. The following are four common Read More

The Light at the End of the Tunnel: 6 Ways to Move on from Your Divorce

Going through a divorce is said to be among the most painful experiences that a person can go through. Once the divorce is finalized, many people find that they don’t experience the immediate relief and happiness that they were expecting. The fact is, the end of a divorce is really just the beginning of your recovery and rediscovery period in your life. If you are looking for some effective ways to help see that Read More

Maryland Now Allows for the Designation of a Beneficiary of a Vehicle Upon the Owner’s Death

Maryland law regarding how vehicles can be passed down to loved ones has recently changed and is now much easier. In the past, those who wanted to pass a vehicle to a loved one (other than their spouse) would have to use the VR-471 form. This form was quite confusing because while you would fill it out and update the title of your vehicle, you would not have to submit it to the DMV. Instead, your loved ones would Read More

It Can Happen in the Blink of an Eye: Know What to Do if You’re Ever in an Auto Accident

Getting in an auto accident can be a very frightening experience, and many people aren’t sure what to do in the minutes, hours, and days after the event. In all cases, the first thing you need to do is make sure you are ok, your passengers are ok, and anyone else involved in the crash are ok. If someone is injured, helping them get the medical attention they need should take priority over everything else. Once that Read More

5 Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Placing a parent or other loved one into a nursing home is a difficult decision for many reasons. Once you do it, however, it is supposed to be a relief because you should be able to be confident that they will be getting the best possible care based on their specific needs. Sadly, some nursing homes don’t provide the level of care that is needed, or can outright neglect or abuse their residents. To help protect your Read More

Ways to Help Your Kids Adjust to Life After Divorce

Getting a divorce is going to have a huge impact not just on you and your spouse, but on your children as well. Finding ways to help your kids adjust to life after the divorce is important for their mental and emotional well-being. Keeping your kids happy and healthy will also help you to move on, so consider these proven tips for helping your kids to adjust. Don’t Play the Blame Game As tempting as it can be Read More

It Takes Two: How Maryland Establishes Paternity

In Maryland, there are many situations where it becomes necessary to legally establish the paternity of a child. The process of establishing paternity can be initiated by either the mother, or a man who believes that he is the father. Once paternity is established, both parents will have the rights and responsibilities that come with parenthood including the right to spend time with their child, the right to make Read More