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  • Pet Custody after Divorce

    For many people and couples, their pets are like their children (especially if they don’t have human children). They treat them almost the same as they would a child - they feed them, bathe them, take them to the doctor when they’re sick, play with them, and share their deep dark secrets with them. So what happens when that couple decides to get divorced? How is "custody" of the animal decided?

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  • Unusual Property Items in a Divorce

    Last June, we wrote a blog outlining what marital property is in a divorce and what you can expect as far as the division of property throughout the divorce process. It was all pretty straightforward and simple: how the house, the cars, and any monetary assets are all split once you and your spouse decide to split.

    But there are a few less obvious items that you and your soon-to-be-ex may possess that can sometimes be forgotten or overlooked early on in the divorce. If neglected, these items could lead to court battles later on. Over the years, lawyers in our firm and other lawyer’s in our network have seen some admittedly unusual property disputes during divorce cases. And not over the stuff you’d expect, like the house or the money. These items can be easily broken down into two categories: tangible assets and intangible assets. Below are some of the "funnier" examples we’ve collected over the years:

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  • What is a 529 Plan?

    Two people on the verge of becoming parents will ask many questions while waiting for impending parenthood. What will we name the baby? Who will the baby look like? Where will we raise the baby? Will the baby play sports, or do theatre? What will the baby be when he/she grows up? Will the baby go to college? College. COLLEGE! Honey, how on earth are we going to pay for college?!

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  • Partner Nicholas Ferrante Named to Top Maryland Super Lawyers List

    Ferrante and Dill is proud to announce that for the third consecutive year, Nicholas Ferrante has been named a Top Rated General Litigation Lawyer in Maryland by Super Lawyers for 2017. Mr. Ferrante first received the honor in 2012 and has received it consecutively since 2015. This exclusive honor is awarded to no more than 5% of attorneys in Maryland. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Congratulations Nick! Click here to see Nick's Super Lawyer Profile

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  • How to Protect Yourself from Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft

    It seems every year after the rush of holiday shopping has died down and we begin to relax into the New Year, there’s always a big headline about a “massive data breach” at some big retailer over the course of the holiday season. It’s always the same: if you shopped at any of these stores then it’s likely your whole credit card number, pin number, and even Social Security number were stolen by some sneaky hacker. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that nearly 9 million shoppers are hit by some sort of credit card fraud or identity theft scheme each year. The FTC further estimates that a quarter of these people are hit with credit card fraud, which occurs when a hacker gets your credit card details and starts making purchases with that information. The rest of those 9 million Americans are victims of full-blown identity theft, which occurs when someone gets a hold of your Social Security number and begins opening new lines of credit with your information. It certainly wasn’t you that opened up that $10,000 line of credit at Home Depot a few months back, yet here you are looking at a bill statement for purchases you never made. So, what do you do now to reverse the effects? What can you do in the future to protect yourself from it ever happening again? We’ve compiled some helpful tips that you can try using in the coming New Year and beyond to ensure that you’re doing...

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  • Partner Jennifer Dill Named to Maryland Super Lawyers Top Lists

    Ferrante and Dill is proud to announce that for the third consecutive year, partner Jennifer Dill has been named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers for 2017. In addition to this honor, Mrs. Dill has also been named a Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Maryland by Super Lawyers for 2017. This is the fifth consecutive year she has received this honor. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Maryland via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Maryland lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Maryland Super Lawyers Top Lists. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Congratulations Jennifer! http://profiles.superlawyers.com/maryland/prince-frederick/lawyer/jennifer-dill/5841781e-bbfd-4115-9084-0936871b5c17.html

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