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Maryland Law Says Your Cherished Pet is Worth $10,000 – That’s It!

By Meng Law |

Maryland Law Says Your Cherished Pet is Worth $10,000 – That’s It! Maryland law includes this provision wich does not apply to livestock. “A person who tortiously causes an injury to or death of a pet while acting individually or through an animal under the person’s ownership, direction, or control is liable to the… Read More »

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The Holy Spirit in the Jury Room

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USA v. Corrine Brown Corrine Brown, a Florida Democrat who served more than two years in prison after being found guilty of running a sham charity, was granted a new trial by a federal appeals court. https://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201715470.enb.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1PktVCOx-99dU5mOJWVZmEdf73zk6UnbumflAu8uknUBN_fwmTEQpMia0 On May 6, 2021, an en banc panel of 11 judges of the 11th Circuit 7 to… Read More »

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The Art of the Trial Lawyer and The Lure for the Untrained

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I was an electronic engineer working for Westinghouse and an expert on the weapons control system known as AWG-10 that was in the nose of the F4-J Phantom aircraft. That before I decided to go to law school. In my engineering world, virtually everything was yes or no, 0 or 1, on or off…. Read More »

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Safekeeping of Wills – No Review by Register of Wills

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Whenever I prepare a Will for a client, I go over with them the options for where the original Will should be kept. Most of the time I recommend that it be delivered to the Register of Wills for safekeeping in their fire protected vault. Recently, I spoke with a client who had prepared… Read More »

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Who Owns the Burial Plots

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One of the questions that comes up frequently when someone dies is who owns the remaining burial plots. A typical question is: Grandpa gave the deeds to our family burial plots to my Aunt. After my Aunt passed away, my older sister had the deeds in her possession. When my Uncle passed away, they… Read More »

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Disclaimers – Be Very Careful

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Disclaimers are a source of many mistakes in the estate and trust field. Most people think that if you want to decline taking a bequest from the Will of a deceased person, all you need do is to sign a disclaimer. However, in a number of situations that would not only not meet your… Read More »

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Maryland Adopts Daubert – It’s Taken Many Years

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The Maryland Court of Appeals (Maryland’s highest court) on August 28, 2020, delivered a major decision that was many years in the making.  The opening pages of the opinion are clear and succinct and are below: Nearly a century ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia announced a new… Read More »

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How Not to Revoke A Will – An Example of How the Will Statutes Can Be a Trap for the Unwary

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Revocation of a Will You live in Maryland. You had a lawyer prepare and you signed your Will in 2016 leaving your estate to only 2 of your 3 children. You know you have the original somewhere but you haven’t been able to find it. You are divorced with 3 adult children. You know… Read More »

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Correcting My Will, Trust, Power of Attorney, Advance Directive, and Other Legal Documents

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So, you’ve completed your estate planning documents. You carefully reviewed them. They were duly signed and witnessed and you’ve got them in a safe place. But then you and your spouse were talking and you’ve decided that one of the gifts you put into your Will is now a bad choice. You had given… Read More »

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Breach of Fiduciary Duty – The Court of Appeals Finally Answers a Question After 23 Years

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BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY This has been a troublesome concept in Maryland law until today when the Court of Appeals filed its opinion in Plank v. Cherneski https://mdcourts.gov/data/opinions/coa/2020/3a19m.pdf The Court’s explanation of the trouble over the years is set out in the first paragraph of the opinion: Does Maryland recognize an independent cause of… Read More »

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