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Are you afraid of being a pushy patient?

Some people make more frequent visits to their doctor than others. Everyone is different, which means that their medical needs are also different. You may have had your fair share of medical concerns throughout your life, and though you are no stranger to check-ups and other necessary visits, you still know that a chance for medical errors exists.

Like most patients, you want everything with each visit and procedure to go correctly and as smoothly as possible. While you trust the medical professionals involved in your cases to do their best to follow the standard of care, you may want to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

How credit card debt gets split up in a divorce

Getting divorced when you have credit card debt can be tricky. Maryland attorneys often advise their clients not to finalize their divorces with joint debts that are still due. Whether one or both spouses are ultimately deemed responsible for credit card debt incurred during the marriage varies by state.

Creditors generally aren't obligated to abide by a divorce decree. They could go after one or both spouses if they share a joint credit card and still owe money once they divorce.

A postnuptial agreement can benefit some Maryland couples

When you married, you likely were not thinking that your marriage would ever end in divorce. While you may not think divorce is likely for you, it is possible your financial circumstances have changed, and you may need more protection than you thought you needed in the past. A prenuptial agreement is not an option for you, but a postnuptial agreement could be the right choice.

There are many similarities between a prenup and a postnuptial agreement. Like any other type of marital contract, it is in your interests to work with a legal professional. Your financial interests are at stake, but when drafted the right way, this type of agreement can provide you with stability and security for years to come.

What happens if you cannot make your child support payments?

Divorce will bring significant changes to your life, and these changes may not stop just because your divorce is final. In fact, changes may continue to affect your life, and you may find that you are struggling to make your child support payments. If this happens to you, it may be in your interests to seek a modification of your support order. Don't just pay less or stop paying altogether without learning about the legal options available to you. 

Like with any significant family law decision, you will find it helpful to speak with a legal ally before you move forward. Your circumstances may be different, but this has no bearing on your ability to be a loving and active parent. Modifications are possible, but to avoid problems, you will want to be sure you take the appropriate legal steps.

You need to know for Maryland's driving points system works

Having points on your driver's license can ultimately lead to it getting suspended or even revoked. You'll accumulate points on your Maryland driver's license if you end up getting convicted or pleading guilty to a moving violation.

Maryland driver's license points accumulate for two years.

In an accident with a drunk driver?

Accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol happen all too often in the state of Maryland. If you, or a loved one, are the victim of such an incident, you may be wondering what steps you can take to seek relief for any losses you have suffered. According to state laws, you may file civil claims against the drunk driver, but just know you may be in for an uphill battle.

Many people believe that an accident involving a drunk driver is pretty cut-and-dry. The drunk driver is entirely responsible and should have to cover the victim's losses, right? The truth is that the drunk driver, his or her legal team, and his or her insurance provider will likely try to place some, if not all, of the blame on you or your loved one. How successful they are at playing the blame game all comes down to the details of the event. 

When do assault charges become aggravated assault charges?

There are different types of assault that someone may be charged with here in the United States. A person can be charged with aggravated assault when the prosecution believes they can prove that the defendant acted with a reckless disregard for human life.

Several factors can impact a prosecutor's decision to charge a defendant with a simple or aggravated assault charge. It matters whether a defendant used a weapon and what their intent was. Prosecutors also take into account the severity of the injuries and the status of the victim.

Questions that can protect you when seeking medical care

When you go in for surgery, you are essentially placing your trust and even your life in the hands of your Maryland surgeon. You trust that he or she knows what to do, will do what is necessary to address your medical concerns and will provide post-operative care. It can be devastating when a surgery goes wrong or you suffer complications after it is complete.

If this happened to you, it's possible you are a victim of medical malpractice. To avoid becoming a victim and to protect yourself as much as possible, there are certain questions you can ask that will be useful when going in for surgery. The answers to these questions can help you understand your rights and provide the information you need in case there is an unexpected outcome.

How common is it for doctors to misdiagnose patients?

Doctors are human, and they're not perfect. They often make mistakes that are life-altering or deadly. You may be able to sue your doctor for negligence if they've misdiagnosed you.

As many as 12 million patients are diagnosed with the wrong medical condition each year here in the United States. An estimated 100,000 patients lose their lives annually due to this. Women and minorities have as much as a 33% higher chance of being misdiagnosed than any other population.

What should you take into account when sharing child custody?

When marriages break down, they end in divorce. When children are involved, the last thing that parents want is for their children to be negatively impacted by their divorce. Child custody has to be worked out in a way that is best for both the parents and the children involved.

If a Maryland court awards partial custody to both parents, then that is known as shared or joint custody. There is a difference between shared legal custody and physical custody. The former is where both parents have a right to determine where a child goes to school, what activities they're involved in and the religion that they will follow. Shared physical custody is when a child divides their time between both parents' places of residence, but only one parent is responsible for making important decisions about their well-being.

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