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

A Brief Overview of the Maryland Guardianship of a Minor Proceedings

There are times when someone needs to provide care for someone who is not their biological child. This could be because of the death of the child’s parents or for some other reason. While it is not an ideal situation, it is important to make sure your child’s future is handled properly. In most cases, this means naming someone as the legal guardian of the child or children. Take some time to learn the basics of how Read More

What to Do if an Insurance Company Offers You a Settlement

If you have been in an auto accident, or otherwise experienced a personal injury, you may be contacted by the other person or entity’s insurance company with an offer to settle the case. This offer could come before you even file a personal injury suit, which can make it very tempting to take the deal. Accepting an insurance company’s offer to settle the case, however, eliminates your right to pursue litigation down Read More

Crisis Medicaid Planning: Avoid These 4 Common Mistakes!

If you or a loved one was given the news that they will need to enter an assisted living facility or nursing home, it can come as quite a shock. What is often even more shocking is the costs that are associated with this type of care. For most people, it will be necessary to have Medicaid step in and cover these costs, but there are a lot of restrictions that need to be accounted for, which is why it is so important Read More

5 Key Benefits of a Revocable Living Trust

When engaging in estate planning and wealth preservation efforts, you will undoubtedly be told about revocable living trusts as one of many options available to you. This particular type of trust offers a variety of benefits that can’t be found with wills, irrevocable trusts, or other options, which is why they are so popular. Learn about some of the specific benefits of this option to see if it is a good choice for Read More

What Your Loved Ones Cannot Do for You Without a Power of Attorney

Many people have the mistaken belief that if they should become unable to make decisions on their own, that their loved ones will be able to step in and take care of things. Whether the incapacitation is a permanent condition or just temporary, however, there are many things that loved ones can’t do unless they are granted specific legal authorities. This can be done by obtaining legal guardianship, which is Read More

Maryland Family Law: An Introduction to Cohabitation Agreements

With cohabitation occurring at higher rates than ever, there have been a variety of legal cases involving couples who live together, but have never been married. These cases can get quite complex because there are typically few, if any, legal agreements in place. In fact, there are typically better legal documents in place when a roommate moves in than there are when a couple begins cohabitating. To help prevent Read More

A Brief Introduction to “Premises Liability”

If you’ve been injured while on someone else’s property, you may be wondering whether or not they are liable for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other potential losses. There are many factors that need to be considered, and learning about premises liability is a great place to start. The concept of premises liability is what the courts will look at when hearing a personal injury case that involves someone’s Read More

Who Should Raise My Kids?: 6 Things to Consider When Naming a Potential Guardian

If you have minor children, one of the most important aspects of any estate plan is going to be the naming of a legal guardian. For many people, this can be a very difficult decision. If both parents die or become incapacitated, however, having a guardian named will help ensure your children are properly taken care of without delay. The following six things should be considered when choosing who to name as Read More

Want to Keep Your Divorce Out of Court? Consider Mediation!

Getting a divorce is never easy, but whenever possible, it is best to do everything possible to get through it with as few fights as you can. For many people, keeping the divorce process out of the courts is an ideal solution. This is made possible by using the mediation process rather than litigating in front of a judge. While mediation won’t work in every case, it is always best to give it a try if you want to Read More