Maryland Questions & Answers

Q: Can workmens comp stop paying me because there Dr said i reached MMI after recieving my MRI?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 21, 2017

Yes, they can. If your doctor has a different opinion, you can ask the commission to resolve the conflict. It sounds like you should consult with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer.
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Q: How important are number of pictures for patent? I have three for a gaming table

1 Answer | Asked in Patents for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 18, 2017

You need to have enough detail so that others can make and use your idea. Some patents have no drawings at all. Some have three or less. Some have dozens of drawings -- especially if they are showing many different variations on the idea or if there are many flow charts on processes.

I suggest that you read some issued patents on gaming tables to get a better feel on the level of detail that is normal for this type of invention. Keep track of the patents you review as you will need...
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Q: I want to file an international patent; what are specific procedures and requirements?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, International Law and Patents for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 18, 2017

There is not really an international patent. There is a process to file a patent application which serves as the front end for the patent application systems for 152 countries or regions http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/pct_contracting_states.html. This is a Patent Cooperation Treaty Application (PCT). People sometimes call this an international patent but that is not accurate.

You can file a utility application here in the US and then file your PCT application within 12 months of that...
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Q: When filing an patent; what are specific differences relating to an improvement on an invention vs. an invention?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 18, 2017

Great question.

Here are some points to consider.

1) It is extremely rare that someone submits a patent application for the first x (first transistor, first airplane, first telephone). We remember those folks as they are few and far between. Most patent applications are filed on improvements.

2) When you are the first to file a patent on X-- then you tend to get broader protection and have a stronger patent than someone filing the 100th patent on an improvement to X....
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Q: grandparents filed emergency custody against both parents and now pursuing child support from father but not mother.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 18, 2017

In response to your question, although the court can't order mother to move from her parents home. They can require her to pay child support for the children. The grandparents can't pick and choose who to go after for child support payments. Mother who has unstable job history and substance abuse issues may not be able to pay more than a minimum amount of support for the children. There was a recently case decided by the Court of Appeals of Maryland,Burak v. Burak, 455 Md. 564, 168 A.3d 883,...
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Q: The non-custodial parent has voluntarily taken a lower paying job and is modifying child support. Can the order change?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 17, 2017

The child support under the current order remains due and owing until changed by another Order. The other person still has to pay the full amount currently ordered. If they do not, they can be held in contempt. Taking a lower paying job without a good reason, may not result in a lower child support amount. You should consult with an attorney about your options.
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Q: I have a court case pending for a debt from nearly 3 years ago. The statute of limitations expires before the court date

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Collections for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 17, 2017

No Statute of Limitation is a defense only for the filing of the Complaint.
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Q: what do I need to do to give my current husband all rights to a home in Maryland in the event i die.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 16, 2017

That would depend on how the home is currently titled.
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Q: My brother and I inherited my dads house( no mortgage on the house, we were told we had to have the deed transferred to

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 16, 2017

Hi,

Yes, it is entirely possible to buy out a co-owner on inherited property. There are two ways to do this:

1) if there is enough other property in the probate estate it might be possible to have real estate disbursed solely to one heir and other assets disbursed to the remaining heir(s).

2) if the house is the primary asset, then typically there are 2 deeds: first, a deed from the personal representative to the people inheriting the property, then secondly a deed...
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Q: My husband is transferring title to his home (Maryland)to both of us. Can I prepare the deed as one of the grantees

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 16, 2017

Yes, a grantee is a party to a deed.

Because there are different types of deeds in this state and different ways two people can jointly own property together, I'd encourage anyone preparing their own deed to make sure they have a good grasp of same. It also helps to understand the recording process in the particular jurisdiction where the property is located.

If you decide that you would like an attorney to prepare your deed instead my firm prepares deeds and coordinates...
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Q: Ever since my accident, I've been having recurring nightmares and have been unable to sleep fully through the night.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 16, 2017

Yes, a court will consider this. Emotional turmoil is an element of non-economic damage in your claim. The claim is best presented as one corroborated with independent medical evidence of your suffering, and its effects on your health. This is a nuanced and sophisticated claim that you should discuss with a seasoned lawyer.
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Q: My son's mother's new boyfriend is continuously texting me.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

Seek a peace order or protective order if this is someone who lives with you. You can also look into filing criminal charges for electronic harassment. I would start with the protective order though as I think that could solve your problem given the lower legal standard.
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Q: My husband's twins turn 18 this December. Does he have to petition the court to stop cs after that last month.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

If the child support is enforced through the office of child support. your husband can contact that office to modify or stop the child support for the 18 year old child. If the child is still in high school then until 19 years old.
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Q: I was drunk asked my friend to drive and he wrecked my car. I only have liability can I take him to small claims and win

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

If you willingly got into the car with him knowing he was drunk, that is a problem for your claim. If he did not get a DWI, you are likely to win that case. There is no question he is at fault for the crash.
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Q: If I get a ticket in one car and trade that car in do I still goto Court for the ticket/tickets

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

Are these parking tickets? Either way, selling a car does not get you out of tickets.
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Q: what is the penalty or punishment for a permit holder to drive a vehicle without authorization?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

What kind of permit are we talking about?
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Q: I was involved im a car accident over the weekend

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

Listen to your doctors and listen to your body. The way to maximize the value of your personal injury case is to pretend like you do not have a personal injury case.
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Q: Can an employer allow one employee to work remotely but not another for someone in a very similar role?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 14, 2017

Apparently not a favoritism.. See the criteria of remote working that they are applying like those living and working near HQ are office-based, etc.
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Q: I have tried USPTO recomended methods; Is there any other way to look up a specific item's patent number?

2 Answers | Asked in Patents for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 14, 2017

Every patented product should have the patent information attached to it. If the product is such that it is not possible to attach patent information to it, then it should be on the packaging or any attached literature. Finally, recently it became legal to list on the product just a URL which points to the patent information.

Thus, my suggestion is to look carefully on the product itself, then on the packaging, and finally on the manufacturer's website. It is also possible that the...
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Q: Contract dispute: Can employer cut hourly rate if contract specifies written notice and they claim verbally given?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 13, 2017

Your employer is bound to follow written/agreed contract. Staff crunch or financial crunch does not justify their unilateral reduction/fixation in hourly wages detrimental to employee's interest and if needed have to be discussed/notified in writing or by email as given in their terms of employment. It amounts to breach of contract.

You are advised to immediately consult Attorney of your local jurisdiction having expertise in Employment Law to seek recovery of deductions plus damages...
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