Why is Hiring a Lawyer Better for Writing a Will Than Using Online Software?
The first, and most essential, step in estate planning is composing a will. Your last will and testament let you decide who receives your worldly goods once you die. Think of it as the ultimate financial planning document. Failure to leave a will means your estate falls under Maryland’s law of intestate succession, and your […]
New Maryland Law: Smuggling Items into Jail and Prison
Corrections officers are not the police, but they are a vital link in the penal system. Like any other job, these civil servants are at risk for the possibility of breaking laws for their own benefit. Not all corrections officers are guilty of wrong doing, and some accused are falsely so. No, the majority of […]
Settling An Estate? Turn To Us For Probate Administration/Litigation Advice
It is difficult to deal with our grief when a loved one dies. Our emotional struggles may be compounded by financial and legal stress if we are responsible for overseeing their estate. Probate law in Maryland can be difficult to understand for laypeople and lawyers alike, but William Blackford and the Law Office of Blackford […]
What a Woman Should Do When Experiencing Online Harassment
If you’re a woman, especially one of the millennial generation, the odds are good that you will experience some online harassment, whether sexual or otherwise. According to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey, 21 percent of women aged 18 to 29 report being sexually harassed online. Overall, 70 percent of females believe online harassment is […]
I Have Been Accused of a Hate Crime. What Should I Do?
Being accused of a hate crime is a terrible thing. Whether or not a person committed such a crime, in today’s atmosphere the allegation is likely to garner a great deal of news and social media attention, and public opinion often presumes a person guilty with little or no evidence. Unfortunately, hate crimes are on […]
What are the Three New House/Senate Bills for Anne Arundel, Maryland?
Since news outlets usually focus on international and national matters, it’s easy for new legislation on the county level to receive less attention than it deserves. In 2016, Governor Larry Hogan signed 106 bills into law, three of which specifically affect Anne Arundel county government. Senate Bill 47 Sponsored by Senator Bryan Simonaire, […]
What Happens When a Violation of Probation Occurs in Maryland?
When a convicted person receives probation, they must adhere to the strict conditions imposed by the judge. Failure to do so means they could end up with a probation violation, and face the jail time probation allowed them to avoid. Anyone charged with a probation violation requires the services of an experienced probation lawyer. […]
How Maryland’s New Tough Equal Pay for Equal Work Law Impacts Businesses
During the 2016 Legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed the “Equal Pay for Equal Work” bill with a 103-33 vote in the House of Delegates and 32-13 vote in the Senate. This bill was pushed by many liberal leaning groups including the Maryland affiliate of the Working Families Party. Last month, Governor […]
How Donald Trump’s Presidency May Impact Estates
The 2016 Presidential campaign had varying proposals from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in many different areas. One area with the most pronounced differences between the two was on estates. When looking a policy around estate related issues, taxation typically is the most heated topic. On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton proposed a 65% […]
Typical Estate/Probate Attorney Fees in Maryland
What happens to the soul of a person after death remains a great unknown. What happens to the worldly goods left behind – and titled solely in their name – is no mystery. Those items become their estate. Through his or her will, the person bequeaths the estate to beneficiaries and names a person to […]