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 […]
The Rise of Pedestrian Distracted Walking Incidents
You’ve certainly heard of the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted walking is the pedestrian version. You might stroll down a busy city sidewalk, paying attention to your surroundings, when you are knocked over and injured by a distracted pedestrian. It’s a growing problem. While distracted walking has always existed, in the past it was a […]
What is the Process for Sentence Modification in Maryland?
In October, many of the provisions of the Justice Reinvestment Act (JRA) take effect. This extensive revision of Maryland criminal law means that certain mandatory minimum drug sentences may qualify for a retroactive reduction. The JRA “eliminates mandatory minimums for controlled dangerous substances felonies.” It also permits felony drug offenders – although not those considered […]
Tax on Inheritance in Maryland: How to Deal With It
Maryland is one of just two states imposing both an estate and inheritance tax. The other is nearby New Jersey. You do not have to worry about the latter tax if you inherit money from your spouse, parents, grandparents, siblings, or step parents. Property left to charity is also not subject to inheritance tax. However, […]
New Law: Maryland Becomes First State to Ban Discriminatory Profiling by the Police
Civil rights are a hot button topic in the American political realm. For those who know about police procedures, racial profiling is strongly denied. No one is pulled over or stopped unless they are doing wrong. However, the dirty little secret among some police officers is that profiling is very common, especially in a situation […]
Death Penalty in Maryland
The death penalty in Maryland has changed significantly since the first person was executed in 1773, especially in the past 50 years. As of 2013, Maryland has repealed the death penalty and the harshest sentence in the state is now life without the possibility of parole. The repeal of the death penalty also led to […]
Medical Malpractice: What to Expect When You Sue
No one likes to think that their doctor or hospital can make a mistake. However, those in the medical profession are only human, and mistakes do happen. Sometimes, these mistakes can lead to serious pain, disability, and even death. If you or a loved one suffered from a potential mistake made in your medical care, […]
Need a Lawyer? – 5 Things You Need to Know
Hiring the right lawyer is crucial to the success of your case. Without the proper research, you could end up with a lost case and a significantly smaller bank account. If you need a lawyer, there are 5 things you need to know: 1. Specialties Most lawyers have at least one specialty. Depending on […]