The Basics of Maryland’s Contributory Negligence Laws in Auto Collisions

Negligence is a legal term that also generally means ”carelessness” or “recklessness.” Negligence occurs when someone acts in a way that is not consistent with how a reasonable person would act in a similar situation. Negligence in the car accident context usually means the same thing as “fault.” Common examples of negligence in a car accident case include: Driving over the speed limit Running a stop sign or Read More

4 Steps to Take When the Government Wants to Take Your Property

Eminent Domain refers to the government’s limited power to take away private land for public use. This right is granted to the government by the 5th Amendment of the Federal Constitution. But, the government must do several things first in order to validly exercise this power. For example, eminent domain is only valid so as long as the government has provided you with fair notice, meaning that you have adequate time Read More

Protect Your Furry Family Members with a Pet Trust

Usually, when people think about trusts and estate plans, they think about leaving money for their spouse, children, family members, friends, or even their favorite charity. But, for many of us, there are other important family members under our care that will also need help if something happens to us—we are talking about one’s pets. They are vulnerable without us, and as a responsible pet owner it’s our job to make Read More

4 Reasons Your Business Needs Ongoing Legal Counsel

As a business owner, there are so many things that you have to think about on a day to day basis that legal concerns might be on the backburner until something comes up. Because you never want to have to worry about legal issues on top of everything else, it’s a good idea to retain outside legal counsel for your business. Outsourcing legal counsel for your company is beneficial for many reasons, particularly if you Read More

What is Eminent Domain?

Have you ever driven on a highway and noticed a house on a small piece of land located right in between two buildings or unusually close to the highway? You might wonder why on earth someone would choose to live there and why the highway even exists surrounding it. Well, what you’re seeing is likely the result of eminent domain. Eminent domain refers to the government’s power to take away private land for public Read More

4 Key Situations to Cover in Your Partnership Agreements

A partnership is a type of business structure that is formed with two or more people. Each member contributes assets to the business and has a share in the profits and losses that the business incurs. Some partners will be active participants in the operations of the business, while others might play a more passive role. But before your business gets going, one of the most important steps is drafting and executing Read More

Maryland Trucking Accidents and its 6 Most Common Causes

Truck accidents are an all too common occurrence in Maryland. With their massive size and extra weight, large commercial trucks can have disastrous results if they crash into smaller passenger vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were 3,852 deaths in large truck crashes in 2015. 69 percent of those deaths were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, while 16 percent Read More

What is Personal Injury Protection in Maryland?

If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, then you may be suffering damages to more than just your car. Accidents can cause serious injury leading to expensive medical bills and lost wages. Under vehicle liability insurance, the policy of the driver who causes an accident generally must pay any resulting costs, including property damage and medical care for others. But in Maryland, personal injury Read More

Business Law 101: The Importance of Vendor Agreements

If you own a business, there is a high likelihood that you have needed, or will need, a vendor or service provider for various aspects of your business. A vendor is someone who sells goods and services to businesses and includes anyone from an internet and telephone provider to a website designer. So what exactly is a vendor agreement? Why would you need one and what should be in it? The Vendor Agreement A Read More

My loved one has passed away – what do I do next?

There are no strict timelines on opening an estate, so you can wait until you are emotionally ready to open an estate. For some people, the work of opening an estate and taking care of their loved one’s affairs helps with the grieving process. Obtain a death certificate. Remember that all Powers of Attorney are no longer valid upon the death of the decedent. Search for asset information and any Last Will and Read More