Litigating a Personal Injury Case – New Client Call (First in a Series)

This is the first in a series of posts designed to discuss litigating a personal injury claim. It is intended primarily for other attorneys but will hopefully also prove valuable to those who might be contemplating a personal injury claim. After the accident, and hopefully after the person involved has begun treatment for their medical injuries, a call comes into the attorney's office asking whether or not the Read More

Leaving It To the Court to Decide

This story has been told by judges and family division masters in Montgomery County many times but it bears repeating. A couple stands before the judge in a highly disputed child custody case. The judge turns to the mother and says, "Ma’am, do you love your child?" To which she replies, "Of course I do!" He then turns to the father and asks the same question. “But of course I love my child.” The judge turns to them Read More

Are You Really in Good Hands with Your Insurance Company?

For sure, car insurance and car insurance companies are a necessary evil. You would be foolish, and in this state illegal, to operate a motor vehicle without insurance. In the event of an accident, and in particular a major accident, you need the insurance coverage to pay for your property damage to your car and to compensate you for your injuries and lost time from work. But make no mistake about it, insurance Read More

Should Maryland Recognize Out-of-State Same Sex Marriages?

The question is obviously highly political. But it is about to come to a head here in Maryland as we await a legal opinion from Attorney General Doug Gansler as to whether or not under Maryland law same sex marriages that are legal in other states can be recognized here in Maryland. Same sex marriages themselves are not permitted in Maryland but are in several other states (currently Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Read More

Can I Change My Name Back in My Divorce?

Frequently clients ask if they can change their name back to their maiden name or even that of a previous marriage when they get divorced. The short answer is most likely yes. Under the Family Law article of the Maryland Code §7-105, if you are seeking a divorce you may change your name back to either your name given at birth or any previous former name as long as 1) the party took the name on in marriage and no Read More

Two Powerful Women

I am struck by the fact that the two most recent appointments to the judicial bench, at least to me and my little practice, have been powerful women. At the national level, Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be sworn in this Saturday as the Supreme Court's 111th justice, third woman and first nominee by a Democrat in 15 years. I was not practicing law when the previous two women were appointed to the Supreme Court so it has Read More

When Will I Become Jaded?

I'm sure it will come at some point. Listening to all of my esteemed colleagues, who have been practicing far longer than I have, moan and groan about the system and about judges in particular, makes me wonder when I will become equally jaded. Because to date, I have been remarkably surprised about how accommodating the court has been towards me and my clients. There have been times when my clients have been late for Read More

Should You Settle Your Case?

Like most legal questions, the answer is generally it depends. My practice concentrates on two primary areas of law: family law (divorces, child custody) and personal injury law (automobile accidents, slip & falls). Settling the case means different things in each discipline but generally it refers to resolving the issue without have the court make the ultimate decision. The court may help along the way by Read More

Twittering Lawyers

Jeff Richardson publishes a great blog on the intersection of two of my favorite themes: the iPhone and lawyering. While I disagree with his position on the use of Twitter by attorneys, it is easy to understand why he feels that way. One can easily be distracted by the pull of these social networks. But I think the potential can outweigh the downside if used properly and judiciously. Jeff's most recent post also Read More

In Case of an Accident – Preserve Your Personal Injury Case

There are lots of list available on the internet about what to do in case of an accident. And in fact, there are lists of what not to do. Anthony Castelli presents such a short, but informative list, on his website. Here is my take on things you should do to preserve the potential of your personal injury case. Remember, not all accidents result in personal injury and not all personal injuries end up in a lawsuit. Read More