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Property division basics in Maryland

It is helpful to be familiar with how property will be divided during divorce because it can help divorcing couples better protect their interests and prepare for the property division process. Property division is conducted in Maryland according to "equitable distribution" rules which divorcing couples should understand.

"Equitable distribution" rules mean that the family law court will seek to divide property as fairly as possible between the divorcing couple. Only marital property is subject to the property division process, though, so it is useful to understand the difference between martial property and separate property. Marital property includes property and assets that are acquired during the marriage. Marital property differs from separate property which is not subject to the property division process and includes property one of the spouses entered the marriage with, gifts, inheritances, personal injury awards and some other types of property as well.

Warehouse work comes with many hazards

Going to work is an activity that most people do almost daily. You may have a warehouse job that pays well and provides valuable benefits. Though you appreciate these aspects of your job, you likely also understand that you are at risk for suffering injuries on the job.

Of course, anyone in any profession could suffer illness or injury as a direct result of their work-related duties. However, warehouse hazards are numerous and can cause severe injury in the blink of an eye. As a result, you undoubtedly want to remain on the lookout for possible dangers.

Popular apps that share your user data with law enforcement

You might be surprised to learn that companies can legally share your personal information with law enforcement agencies even if there is no probable cause that you have been involved in a crime.

Critics say privacy is being sacrificed as companies like home security provider Ring have been chronicled sharing customers’ private video straight from their doorbells.

How is child custody determined in Maryland?

Child custody is one of the biggest concerns most parents going through a divorce have, which is why it can help to be familiar with the child custody laws in Maryland. Parents should ensure they have all their child custody questions answered so they can develop a child custody arrangement that is in their child's best interests.

There are different types of child custody under the family law system. Child custody can be joint custody, when the parents share custody, or sole custody, when one parent has primary custody of the child and the other parent has visitation. In addition, there is physical and legal custody. Physical custody refers to who the child primarily lives with. Legal custody refers to which parent has the primary responsibility for making important decisions for the child such as those related to health, education and religion. Physical and legal custody can be joint or sole.

If I get a DUI, will I have to use an ignition interlock device?

Three years ago, after a Maryland county police officer, Noah Leotta, was killed by a drunk driver while conducting a field stop, state lawmakers made Maryland’s DUI laws tougher, including requiring more drivers with DUI convictions to participate in the state’s ignition interlock program.

Planning a criminal defense to drug charges

There is a long list of drug charges individuals in Maryland can potentially find themselves facing, which is why it is important that those accused of drug crimes are familiar with their criminal defense options and rights. To go along with the long list of drug charges accused individuals may face are the serious potential penalties and consequences associated with drug crimes.

The types of drug charges accused individuals may find themselves facing could include marijuana possession; the sale or distribution of marijuana; cocaine possession; cocaine tracking; interstate drug trafficking and federal drug charges; charges related to the alleged cultivation or manufacturing of drugs; charges related to alleged methamphetamine lab operations or the possession of illegal methamphetamines; illegal Internet sales; or the possession of illegal prescription drugs. Each of these charges can carry potential jail time, as well as other penalties and consequences.

Three steps to get started preparing for divorce

Divorce can be a stressful experience. If you are like many people headed for divorce, you probably dread the thought of the paperwork, conflict and negotiations. You may even try to put the thought of divorce out of your mind for as long as possible. However, this could put you at a disadvantage in the courtroom.

If you know divorce is in your future, it may be prudent to begin preparing for it as soon as possible. Taking time early on to prepare can help reduce your stress during the process and may even help you achieve more desirable results.

The basics of Maryland medical malpractice suits

As a patient, medical care can be a murky experience, and you can only hope it’s clearer to the medical staff treating you.

As unfamiliar people in uniforms dart in and out of rooms, you may feel more vulnerable under medical care than you’ll ever feel in your life. And then, it can take a long time to fully understand whether a medical procedure has helped you or hurt you.

Legal help with brain injuries after a car accident

Car accidents are one of the main causes of brain injuries, which can have a lasting impact on the lives of the victims. As a result, injured victims need to be familiar with personal injury options that can be used to hold negligent drivers responsible for causing a car accident and help victims with their monetary damages.

Every year, there are approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries, which can lead to death, hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Brain injuries are a common type of car accident injury. Brain injuries can be open or closed head injuries. At times, it can be difficult to immediately determine how serious a brain injury is and what the symptoms of a brain injury are.

Maryland promises enhanced workers’ compensation to police

Accepting the responsibilities of a police officer means accepting unusual risks and exceptional stresses. Due to the crucial roles and special hazards of such employees, Maryland law makes special provisions for police and other public safety employees in its worker’s compensation laws.


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