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  • What to do if you’ve been named executor of an estate

    Disclaimer: This guide is meant to provide general, helpful information to an Executor/Personal Representative of an Estate. It is not intended to be legal advice or a set of hard-and-fast rules. If you have questions or concerns about your specific situation, please consider giving us a call today at (410) 535-6100. Being chosen as the executor of an estate can be both an honor and a challenge, all at the same time. By definition, an executor is delegated with the huge responsibility of ensuring that a person’s last wishes are honored. It is therefore critical that a person who has been designated as the executor of an estate fully understands what is required of them prior to the passing of a loved one. What follows is a general list of items to consider prior to a loved one’s passing. We encourage you to print it out, make notes and changes to suit your specific needs, and, as always, give us a call if you have any questions about what is being asked of you as the executor.

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  • Senior Citizens and Fraud Schemes

    You hear about it on the news all the time: reports of fraudsters attempting to pull a fast one on our nation’s senior citizens. These scammers try to elicit personal and sensitive information from the unsuspecting elderly victims in order to bogart their Social Security checks, steal their identity, and demolish their credit by opening handfuls of new credit accounts.  What is it that makes seniors such an appealing group for these ne’er-do-wells to target? According to the FBI, senior citizens are most likely to have built up a “nest egg”, own their own home, qualify for Social Security payments, and/or have excellent credit, all of which make them attractive to these con artists.

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  • Understanding the Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

    What happens when someone is convicted of a crime? We've all seen it on the news - the Court imposes a sentence which could include jail time, fines, restitution, community service and/or probation. These are the direct consequences of a conviction. But what never makes it on to TV is that convictions often trigger additional sanctions that go beyond the judge's sentence. Collateral consequences of the conviction can be serious, and sometimes have a longer lasting and more profound impact than the sentence imposed by the judge.

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  • What are the Prevent Departure Program and the Passport Issuance Alert Program

    Can one parent prevent another parent from leaving the country with their child(ren)?  Maybe under one of these programs:  the Prevent Departure Program and the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program.  

    You may remember Kelly Rutherford’s well-publicized 2015 custody battle with her ex-husband over her two kids. Ms. Rutherford was fighting for her two small children to remain in the United States, rather than with her ex who lived abroad in countries like France and Monaco. In a seemingly surprising turn of events, the courts ruled that the children would live with their father in Monaco and would stay with their mother in the summer for 6 weeks in the States. Rutherford didn’t stop fighting though and petitioned courts in both California and New York to accept jurisdiction of her case so she could continue fighting for her kids. She was working against a court order to put her kids on a plane back to their father in Monaco at the end of their 6-week stay in June of 2015. When both states denied jurisdiction, though, Rutherford refused to send her kids back to Monaco. Her ex retaliated, lambasting her as a child abductor and demanding she return the children immediately.

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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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