Ferrante, Dill & Hisle is a general practice law firm located in Southern Maryland. Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in the areas of family law, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and business law.
Personal injuries can be devastating. If you’ve been in injured in an accident or suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need an advocate. At Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, we take pride in our ability to handle all aspects of personal injury cases. Did you know we can help you with coordinating insurance benefits, dealing with medical providers, and handling creditors? There is no reason for you to sort through this overwhelmingly frustrating process alone. See blogs on this topic.
Estate Planning and Probate
The longer you wait to put plans in place for your future, the greater the risk to your loved ones. At Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, we recognize the challenges of planning for the future while living in the present. We are equipped to guide you through the process of creating Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Directives as well as preparing for disabilities so your assets are protected in the manner you see fit. See blogs on this topic.
Family and Domestic Law
Family law issues are often emotionally charged. At Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, our attorneys are sensitive to the complexities of family relationships and skilled at helping you wade through the details to focus on realistic outcomes. We represent clients on matters including prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, separation and divorce, division of marital property, custody and visitation, child support, alimony, paternity, adoption, contempt and enforcement, and Protective Orders for domestic violence. Whether you are experiencing a domestic issue for the first time, or seeking modification of a current court order, we are here to listen to your concerns and offer assistance. See blogs on this topic.
Our criminal defense attorneys understand a lot is at stake if you or a loved one have been charged with a criminal offense. When you’re facing criminal charges, you need an attorney to help you understand the potential consequences and navigate the complicated criminal justice system to help protect your livelihood, reputation, and constitutional rights. Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, LLC attorneys provide diligent defense counsel to people charged with misdemeanors including drug and alcohol related charges, traffic violations, theft, burglary, cases involving juveniles, fraud, homicide, domestic violence, and sex offenses. See blogs on this topic.
There are so many details to consider when starting, running, or closing a business. Let the attorneys at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle help prepare you for success. We are skilled at guiding you through the legal aspects of business ownership whether you need help choosing the proper type of business, negotiating or reviewing contracts, applying for licensing, or closing up shop. Visit blog.
Navigating the world of labor and employment law is often complex and challenging. Whether you are a victim of workplace discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, or you have been fired unfairly or never paid, or you are an employer being sued by an employee, our firm is prepared to handle your labor and employment matter. At Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, we provide skilled and extensive representation for both employees and employers in with a wide variety of administrative, State and Federal employment matters, including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA (Title I and II), MHWFA, MPLA, FLSA, HIPAA, and ERISA.
Nobody chooses to get hurt, but if you are injured by someone else’s actions you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, missed work, medical expenses and future disability. The people who handle these claims for the insurance companies are experienced and highly trained. Their goal is to act in the best interests of the insurance company, not yours. Being represented by a lawyer experienced in this area of the law can increase your chances for a good result.
Our attorneys have represented the large national corporations and insurance companies that ordinary people must face when they find themselves injured in an accident. As your attorneys they can use that experience to get you the best possible outcome. They have worked on a broad range of cases in this area of the law – from small claims to million dollar cases – and usually there is no fee unless they obtain a verdict or settlement in the client’s favor.
We help residents of Calvert County, St. Mary’s County, and Charles County, from Prince Frederick to Lexington Park and La Plata.
Contact our office today for all of your Maryland Personal Injury Law needs. Call (410) 535-6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have offices in Prince Frederick and California, MD to better serve our clients.
The longer you wait to put plans in place for your future, the greater the risk to your loved ones. At Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, we recognize the challenges of planning for the future while living in the present. We are equipped to guide you through the process of creating Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives as well as preparing for disabilities and Medicaid planning so your assets are protected in the manner you see fit.
A Last Will and Testament is a legal document that describes your wishes after your death. In your Will, you can explain what you want done with your assets, who may take over the care of your children, how you want your pets treated, and more. You will need to choose a person to serve as the Personal Representative, more commonly known as the executor of your will– that person will be responsible for filing the necessary paperwork and carrying out your wishes. At Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, LLC we understand that estate planning often seems overwhelming and morbid, but creating a detailed Will is truly a gift that will make things easier for those you love after you’ve passed on.
Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives
Everybody should make drafting Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directive a priority. Why? While a Last Will and Testament dictates what will happen after you die, a power of attorney and advanced directive can impact the way you live. Should you become unable to make decisions on your own behalf due to age, medical conditions, or a disability, your financial power of attorney and a medical power of attorney appoints a person to make financial and medical decisions on your behalf. Similarly, an advanced directive specifies treatments that you are or are not willing to receive in specific situations. The attorneys in our firm are skilled at helping you make the right choices for your continued care.
Asset protection is not just for millionaires. The goal of asset protection is to strategize the best way to ensure you can keep your hard-earned assets to pass down to your heirs after you die. The attorneys at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle keep up to date with the ever changing federal and state probate laws and they work closely with you to put together the best plan to preserve as much of your assets as allowed under the law through a variety of trusts and strategic arrangements.
Special Needs Trusts
Attorneys at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle take extraordinary care when planning special needs trusts meant to benefit a loved one with a disability. In addition to all the strings attached to other trusts, special needs trusts must be drafted in a way that will not hurt your loved one’s opportunities to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid benefits. It is critical to appoint a trustee–a person you know will keep your loved one’s best interests in mind–to administer the trust. We will help you understand all of the possible effects of creating a special needs trust, and make sure the trust provides for your loved one as you wish.
What a shame it would be if the things you’ve worked so hard for end up in the wrong hands upon your death. All the things you own can be given to the wrong people if you don’t take care to properly appoint beneficiaries for your life insurance policies, retirement resources, pensions, property and accounts. If you’ve already appointed beneficiaries, we can review your plan to look for loopholes or weaknesses. If you’ve not yet appointed beneficiaries, we can help you develop a plan for each of your assets.
In situations where an adult becomes incapable of making informed and responsible decisions and does not have a Power of Attorney, a guardian may be appointed to act as a decision maker on the incapacitated adult’s behalf. A person seeking guardianship must gain the court’s approval to make financial, legal, and healthcare decisions on behalf of another adult. There are also situations when a minor child becomes in need of a guardianship for a variety of reasons such as the death or incapacity of their parents or because they have assets that need managing. We are sensitive to the complicated and emotional nature of guardianship relationships. Our attorneys are experienced at helping potential guardians navigate this legal challenge.
Imagine if the unfortunate circumstance arrives and you find yourself needing long-term care in a nursing home facility. Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides payment for this kind of care to people with limited income and assets – low income seniors, children, and people with disabilities. One of the most common myths surrounding Medicaid is that you have to bankrupt yourself and your family in order to qualify for long-term coverage. In actuality, Medicaid guidelines were put into place to help you protect certain assets as well as allow a spouse, who does not need nursing home care, to retain a portion of his or her income. There are many factors that determine if you qualify for Medicaid coverage as well as a “look-back” period which could result in a denial of benefits. The rules and guidelines are complicated and can be a lot to handle on your own. Many people who do not seek expert help end up making one of two big mistakes: they either spend more than they should or they misinterpret the rules and subject themselves to harsh penalties. Whether you are facing this situation now or think you might in the future, our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys can help with all of your Medicaid planning needs.
Contact our office today for all of your Maryland Estate Planning and Elder Law needs. Call (410) 535-6100 or email email@example.com. We have offices in Prince Frederick and California, MD to better serve our clients.
Probate is the official court process through which an “estate” of a deceased person (decedent) is “officially” distributed to the designated beneficiaries and/or legal heirs and any outstanding debt is paid to creditors. Typically, an estate is settled according to the decedent’s Last Will and Testament, or if there is no Will, according to state laws. A person, often a surviving spouse or adult child, is listed by the decedent in their Will to be the Personal Representative of the Estate (often thought of as an Executor), or determined by the court if the decedent did not make a Will (or it can’t be found). It is the Personal Representative’s responsibility to gather all of the assets that were owned by the decedent and then either sell or distribute those assets, and to pay bills, taxes and ultimately distribute all remaining assets among the surviving heirs. All distributions must be approved by the Orphans’ Court in the County in which the decedent resided prior to their passing. A Personal Representative often utilizes the services of an attorney to help them through the court process and there are statutes in place that govern both Personal Representative Commissions and legal fees. If you have questions about the process or feel overwhelmed with even where to start, the probate attorneys at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, LLC can help you determine the steps necessary to ensure the appropriate handling of a decedent’s estate or work alongside you to manage the process.
Contact our office today for all of your Maryland Estate Planning and Probate needs. Call (410) 535-6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have offices in Prince Frederick and California, MD to better serve our clients.
Family law issues are often emotionally charged. At Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, our attorneys are sensitive to the complexities of family relationships and skilled at helping you wade through the details to focus on realistic outcomes. We represent clients on matters including prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, separation and divorce, division of marital property, custody and visitation, child support, alimony, paternity, adoption, contempt and enforcement, and Protective Orders for domestic violence. Whether you are experiencing a domestic issue for the first time, or seeking modification of a current court order, we are here to listen to your concerns and offer assistance.
Marital Settlement Agreements
Maryland law does not require that you and your spouse legally separate, so you do not need to file for a legal separation. However, should you and your spouse decide to separate prior to divorcing, it is crucial that you protect your rights and lay the groundwork for a smooth divorce. A Settlement Agreement allows you to work through all of the issues related to your separation and impending divorce including custody, visitation, child/spousal support, and division of marital property. We prepare these agreements to create stability and predictability during the transition period between marriage and divorce.
When you and/or your spouse have decided it’s time to end your marriage, we are skilled at guiding you through the emotional and often complex divorce process. We strive to make the divorce process, including division of property, custody, child support, and alimony determination, as simple as possible, but remain primed to aggressively advocate on your behalf throughout the legal process.
Custody, Visitation, and Child Support
At Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, we recognize that your children are incredibly precious and that their best interests deserve to be the primary consideration. We are here to listen to your concerns and work to establish custody, visitation, and child support arrangements that meet your children’s needs. Whether you are establishing these arrangements for the first time or seeking a modification after a change in circumstances, our attorneys will compassionately, but realistically lead you through the process.
If it is important to establish your child’s paternity, the attorneys at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle have strong relationships and can work in conjunction with agencies throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles counties to confidentially initiate the parental relationship and move toward accountability.
Whether you’ve decided to build your family through independent adoption, are seeking a step-parent adoption, or are faced with terminating parental rights to free a child for adoption, we are poised to help you move forward along the journey.
Protective Orders and Domestic Violence
You don’t have to live in a dangerous situation or in constant fear of harm at the hands of somebody in your family. We can act quickly, and have significant experience within Calvert, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s and Charles county court systems, to help you seek a Protective Order to give you space, protection, and peace of mind from destructive individuals. Conversely if you have had a Protective Order filed against you, we can help ensure that you and your rights are protected.
Contempt and Enforcement Actions
Sometimes an initial court order is not enough to enforce your rights and you find yourself in a situation where an order or agreement is not being followed. In such cases, we work persistently to use the courts and alternative methods to ensure that everyone is doing what they are supposed to do and compensating you for when they didn’t.
Let Us Help
We understand that family law matters may be complicated by real estate, business, criminal, and estate planning issues. That’s why all of the attorneys at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, LLC stay abreast of current case law, court trends, and psychological studies to understand and best prepare you to make the best possible strategic moves.
Contact our office today for all of your Maryland Family Law needs. Call (410) 535-6100 or email email@example.com. We have offices in Prince Frederick and California, MD to better serve our clients.
The stakes are high if you or a loved one have been charged with a criminal offense. When you’re facing criminal charges, you need an attorney to help you understand the potential consequences and navigate the complicated criminal justice system to help protect your livelihood, reputation, and constitutional rights. Ferrante, Dill & Hisle, LLC attorneys provide diligent defense counsel to people charged with crimes including drug and alcohol related charges, traffic violations, theft, burglary, cases involving juveniles, fraud, homicide, domestic violence, and sex offenses.
We represent clients in matters including:
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)/Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
In Maryland, you can be charged with a DUI if you have a .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or above on a breathalyzer test; or, even below .08 if you fail to perform satisfactorily on standard field sobriety tests. In either case, you risk imprisonment, fines, loss of your driving privileges and the and interlock requirements. The attorneys at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle can help you prepare to go before a judge or jury to get the most favorable outcome.
A “simple” ticket isn’t always as simple as you may think. If you have an upcoming court date or administrative hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles for a moving violation, a parking ticket, a non-moving violation, or violations associated with crimes including DUI/DWI, we are here to help you understand the charges against you and the potential legal consequences. We can help you prepared and present your strongest case.
Drug Possession and Drug Distribution Charges
Drug possession and distribution crimes are a focus of law enforcement here in Maryland and the Courts come down hard on people involved in drug crimes. If you have been charged with a drug-related offense it is imperative that you retain counsel as early as possible to get the best possible outcome for your case. Delays can compromise your defense. We offer free initial consultations in all criminal matters.
Theft and Burglary
No matter the circumstances, attorneys at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle will work vigorously to defend you against pending charges. We will examine the State’s case for flaws, and ensure that your rights are protected.
If you’ve been charged with fraud, our criminal defense attorneys will take the time to review the evidence against you and listen to your side of the story. We will then advise you of the potential penalties if you are convicted, and work to present a strong defense on your behalf.
Domestic violence charges can have serious impact on other areas of your life including security clearances, your career, and custody arrangements. If you’ve been accused of violence by a family member or significant other, you’ll need an advocate to minimize the charges’ impact. Ferrante and Dill attorneys are very experienced in these types of cases and there is no charge for the initial consultation.
Assault and Battery
Because assault and battery are fairly common crimes, it’s tempting to use the internet to seek information about your potential penalties. Don’t. The specific details of your case play an important role in the outcome. A Ferrante, Dill & Hisle attorney will listen to your version of the situation and carefully prepare a defense that best suits your needs. We are experienced in representing clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies.
Kids occasionally make bad decisions. Sometimes those decisions result in criminal charges. In some cases, a child may even be treated as an adult under the law. As a parent, it can be terrifying trying to figure out the best way to keep your kid’s mistake from having life-long consequences. Our juvenile defense attorneys have represented many children in both the juvenile and adult systems. Your child has a long life ahead of them and a lot of time to do good in this world, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can do our part to help them on that path.
Contact our office today for all of your Maryland Criminal Law needs. Call (410) 535-6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have offices in Prince Frederick and California, MD to better serve our clients.
There are so many details to consider when starting, running, or closing a business. Whether choosing the proper type of business entity, negotiating or reviewing contracts, applying for licensing, or closing up shop, let the attorneys at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle help prepare you for success. We have extensive experience guiding clients through the legal issues that arise in every phase of the business lifecycle .
Starting a Business
You’ve got a great idea and you’re itching to get a new business up and running. There are important decisions to make right out of the starting blocks – choosing the best entity, defining the relationship between the owners and getting the terms into an agreement, establishing trade names, filing for trademarks, and signing commercial leases to name a few. The lawyers at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle have helped numerous clients with this process and are proficient at explaining the different choices, helping you evaluate the pros and cons of each and to directing towards choices that achieve their goals. Once you’ve made your choices, we can draft and file all necessary paperwork including Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization, Bylaws, Federal Tax Identification applications, operating agreements, and any additional documents necessary to get you up and running.
Running a Business
Once you launch your business, your legal needs are just beginning. Our attorneys have vast experience supporting every aspect of your business from contract negotiations to stock issuance to litigation. From Mom & Pop shops to large corporations, the attorneys at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle have the expertise to advise and guide you throughout your business lifecycle.
Ending a Business
If there comes a time that you’d like to wind down your business, the attorneys at Ferrante, Dill & Hisle can help with your transition via succession planning, the division of assets, winding down and eventually terminating the business entity. Making the right choices at this stage can help the owners avoid personal liability going forward.
Contact our office today for all of your Maryland Business Law needs. Call (410) 535-6100 or email email@example.com. We have offices in Prince Frederick and California, MD to better serve our clients.