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Ask an Attorney: Mutual Consent

It seems that divorces are always long and drawn out; is there a way to expedite the process for a couple and their children? It depends. As of October 1, 2018, a couple with minor children can move forward on … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Legal Update

Good things come to those who wait…but just in case you get in trouble again, the State has expanded your ability to expunge your record! As of October, 2018, certain qualifying misdemeanor and felony convictions may be expunged from your … Continue reading

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Crighton A. Chase Admitted as Partner

Hillman, Brown & Darrow, P.A. is pleased to announce that Crighton A. Chase has become a partner in the firm. Mr. Chase graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.  He attended the University of … Continue reading

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Marietta B. Warren Admitted as Partner

Hillman, Brown & Darrow, P.A. is pleased to announce that Marietta “Tippy” Warren, has become a partner in the firm. Ms. Warren graduated from the University of Maryland, with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.  She received her Law Degree … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: What is the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2019?

Changes in how you are taxed (or are not) taxed on your alimony are right around the corner. The new Tax Cuts and Job Act (“TCJA”) provides that , effective January 1, 2019 any court ordered alimony or alimony agreed upon … Continue reading

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Evelyn Spurgin Recognized as Maryland Super Lawyer for 6th Year

The Super Lawyers distinction is based on a peer balloting process involving attorneys from across Maryland. Nominees are then systematically researched and evaluated using a complex, patented selection process. Hillman, Brown & Darrow has multiple lawyers who have been recognized in … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Enhanced Underinsured Motorist Law

If you or family members have had the misfortune of being injured in a motor vehicle collision as a result of someone else’s negligence you may have also encountered the problem that the other driver did not have sufficient insurance … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Adding Children to a Property

I want to add a child to my property.  How do I do that? Very often, parents desire to add their children to title on their house.  The thought process (usually) is that it will keep the house out of … Continue reading

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors- Or Do They?

Out in the country farmers do not put their fences on their property lines, because most farm fences surround pastures, and farmers prefer to walk around the outside of their fences, and not inside their pastures. And in the country … Continue reading

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Ask An Attorney: Workers’ Comp

If you are a business owner with employees and business is a little slow, is it ok to hold off obtaining or paying that bill for workers’ compensation insurance? No!  Even if you are not a high risk business or … Continue reading

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July Insurance Changes

There is a new auto insurance law in Maryland as of July 1st that all Maryland residents should be aware of. Maryland Annotated Code Insurance Section 19-509.1 states that Enhanced Underinsured Motorist (EUIM) coverage can be added to new auto … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Co-Tenancy Agreement

My significant other and I are unmarried but want to purchase or lease a home together.  What happens if we separate? Today, many couples live and own or lease property together before getting married. While most couples hope their relationship … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Special Needs Trust

I have a family member/ friend with special needs. What can I do to protect their financial interests and ensure their future? Ensuring loved ones are taken care of after reaching maturity is something many families must address. You want … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: How to Avoid the Hassles of Litigation

I am looking to hire a subcontractor for a home renovation. How can I be sure I am hiring the right subcontractor so that I am avoiding the problems and possible litigation down the road? Our Annapolis attorneys are virtually inundated … Continue reading

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Ask An Attorney: Separation Advice

My spouse and I are separated with kids.  Things are amicable right now and I don’t want to rock the boat.  Do I need an attorney? Both marriage and divorce are legal actions regulated by the State of Maryland.  The … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Renovations

I want to expand/renovate my home or office, where do I begin? There are many steps necessary to prepare for an expansion. Before hiring a contractor you need to acquire an updated property survey. An experienced real estate attorney should … Continue reading

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How do I pick the right attorney?

How do I pick the right attorney? Hiring the right lawyer is one of the more important decisions you will make in your life.  They can help you protect your family, minimize your liability, make others accountable, get you good … Continue reading

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Staying in Compliance With Your Local Alcoholic Beverage Laws This Holiday Season

With the Holidays in full swing and the New Year just around the corner, everyone has a lot on their plate. But whether your non-profit is hosting a holiday party, your restaurant is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party, or … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Same Sex Marriage

My Partner and I were married in a state that allowed same sex marriage before it became legal in Maryland. Can I file for divorce in Maryland? Yes, provided you meet the legal requirements for a divorce in Maryland. Married … Continue reading

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Ask An Attorney: Your Estate

My spouse just left me. How do I keep him/her from inheriting my estate? A common reason people ask for wills is to disinherit their spouses when they separate. It’s a natural reaction, but not as easy as you might … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Adoption

What is a “step-parent adoption”? Adoptions come in all shapes and sizes. For example, there are international and agency adoptions, private adoptions and “family adoptions.”  Family adoptions are typically adoptions by someone who is related by Blood or Marriage.  This … Continue reading

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Ask An Attorney: Should I appeal?

I was just involved in a hotly contested family law trial and I am not happy with what the judge did.  Should I appeal? Family cases can be so difficult – they can involve what matters to us most, our … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Collections

I got a judgment against someone. How do I collect it? If you are forced to sue someone for money someone owes you, getting your judgment is just the first step in the process.  The judgment is just a piece … Continue reading

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Boundary Lines, Encroachments and Additions

 House Location Surveys contain this Surveyor’s Legend: I hereby certify that I have located the improvements on the property known as ___ And the improvements are located as shown. This plat is not to be used for the purpose of … Continue reading

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Mediation: A Dispute Resolution Option Advanced by the Late Judge Howard Chasanow

Judge Howard S. Chasanow died  last month, the day before his 80th birthday.  He served as a District Court Judge (1971-77), a Circuit Court Judge (1977-1990) and on the Court of Appeals until 1999.  While he is remembered as a … Continue reading

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Help with Home Repairs and Modifications

Hillman Brown and Darrow’s attorneys are constantly being presented with problems that people deal with when they are having any kind of home-improvement or other construction done for them. The problem always reveals itself after the work has started because … Continue reading

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DWI FAQ

Being arrested and prosecuted for drunk driving is a daunting experience.  From the moment the lights and sirens go on until the charges are resolved in court and even afterwards, there are a series of important decisions to be made, … Continue reading

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New Laws in Effect: Drinking and Driving

Did you know that as of October 1, 2016, a Maryland driver who refuses to take a breath test for alcohol will either have to use an ignition interlock for nine months or have his or her license suspended for … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: MVA Expungement Part I

The judge found me not guilty of drinking and driving. How can the MVA still take my license? You probably either refused to take the breath or blood test or your test result was .08 or greater. The MVA and … Continue reading

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Ask an Attorney: Wills & Estates

Do I Need a Lawyer to Make a Will? Whenever prospective clients inquire about making a will, a chief concern of theirs, understandably, is cost.  Legal work can be expensive, even for what a prospective client might think is a … Continue reading

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