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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: In the state of Maryland do I need to be informed if there was previously a meth lab on the property I just purchased?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 26, 2022

No, not specifically. If this is a normal purchase of a residential property (e.g., not a foreclosure sale), then the seller must "disclose any latent defects of which the [seller] has actual knowledge that a purchaser would not reasonably be expected to ascertain by a careful visual... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: If I have a gun charge am I eligible?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 24, 2022

Eligible for what?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Q: For family law penal code 12-104.1 the parent only needs to be sentenced to an 18 month sentence or more, correct?

If I'm given a 2 year sentence and I serve 14 months on that sentence am I still eligible for penal code 12-104.1

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 24, 2022

Yes, arrearages do not accrue during the period of incarceration and for 60 days after your release. The threshold for suspension of the obligation is a sentence of incarceration of 180 days or more.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Q: I need to find a lawyer for my boyfriend who is being held unlawfully in jail and his 8th Amendment is being violated
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 24, 2022

Anyone in jail can probably use a lawyer. 8th Amendment refers to the Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. That Amendment is rarely found to apply to most circumstances. You will need to be very specific about what is cruel and unusual in order to evaluate whether there... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Collections for Maryland on
Q: I would like to challenge the jurisdiction of a MD District court. I do/did not live in MD at the time of service.

Does payment to a credit card made from an address in the MD district in 2010 qualify as minimum contact? I currently live in FL and I lived in PA when the suit was filed in 2013. The only thing tying me to MD at all is this one payment.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 24, 2022

No, unless the suit involves the transaction itself in Maryland, such as you entered into a contract to purchase a product or service in Maryland and paid the initial payment toward the contract there before leaving. Mailing a check to a credit card company from Maryland or paying toward the credit... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: If the prosecutor missing something out your discovery, can that get your case drop and do you no about the hick law
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 24, 2022

Unlikely. If the prosecution fails to disclose something they may be precluded from using it at trial, or they may be compelled to produce it, and the defendant may have grounds to request a postponement to prepare their case based on its late production, or a new trial might be ordered if the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: I wanted to know how do I file a lawsuit against a jail that is holding someone unlawfully

My boyfriend has been in jail since March and his 8th amendment is being violated

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 23, 2022

Your boyfriend should hire counsel or contact the Public Defender to see if anything can be done to procure his release such as filing for a writ of habeas corpus. You cannot file a lawsuit on his behalf. Only an attorney can file on behalf of another individual.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: What is Maryland statue of limitations on a misdemeanor criminal citation for possession of cds not Maryjane

We got pulled over on February 8th 2022 I was giving a misdemeanor criminal citation and released from the spot we got stopped since then I never received a preliminary hearing and I haven't been sent a court date think it's a year that Maryland has to charge me or dismiss my charges?... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 23, 2022

The citation is the charge, and that meets the statute of limitations for charging you after the date of the offense. The issue is whether your speedy trial right under the Constitution has been violated, and the answer is not found in a clearly stated number of days, but has to do with a weighing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Scott I did check Maryland judicial case search and nothing was there no preliminary nor court date

Why I wondering what the statue of limitations in Maryland was on the criminal citation for possession of cds not Maryjane that all I ever received when we initially got pulled over and released like I was saying that was in February 8th 2022 how much longer do they have before they have to dismiss... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 23, 2022

Once you are served with the criminal citation, this complies with any statute of limitations that may apply. There is no statute of limitations defense in your case if you were issued a criminal citation.

There is a speedy trial issue. You have a constitutional right to a speedy trial....
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Need advice on the statue of limitations in Maryland on a misdemeanor criminal citation that I received on Feb 8th 2022

The misdemeanor criminal citation was for simple possession of cds not Maryjane we got pulled over they did a search gave both me and the driver the same criminal citation with same charges the driver received the preliminary hearing date and recently went to court after receiving a court date... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 23, 2022

The statute of limitations has been satisfied once the citation was issued. You have a potential speedy trial issue. However, you must assert the right to a speedy trial in writing to the court.

A preliminary inquiry merely tells the Defendant of his right to counsel. You should check...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Maryland on
Q: How do you phrase a will to prevent unknown heirs from applying for inheritance?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Anyone not named in a Will gets nothing if your will specifically names those whom you want to receive your estate. The only exception is the statutory right of a surviving spouse (married at time of death) to elect one-third of your estate regardless of what your will says. If you are concerned... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Maryland on
Q: I'm a barber I want to put a marvel character on a flyer to promote my Barber business Is this copy right infringement?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 21, 2022

There's a joke among lawyers: "A picture is worth a thousand words, but when that picture is protected by image copyright, the picture is only worth three words: cease and desist."

No, you cannot use a copyrighted or trademarked image owned by another in the sale or marketing...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Health Care Law for Maryland on
Q: My daughter is 18, still under my insurance. Her co-pay and uninsured procedures exceed $200. Who pays that extra bill?

I can't afford a lawyer but currently submitting on my own. I've texted my ex to no avail. I want to submit legal paperwork but unsure how to get started.

Thx

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Unless the date of service for the healthcare that resulted in the bill occurred before she turned 18 (or after she turned 18 but was still enrolled full-time in high school before completing her senior year), then the obligation to pay any deductibles and co-pays is hers alone, since she is now an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Under Section 14-104(c) Does the Seller pay ALL transfer and recordation tax unless an addendum is signed

It has been my experience that Title companies automatically split it under the MAR Contract except to charge the seller the full amount of the State transfer tax Is this correct?

Daniel Staeven
Daniel Staeven
answered on Sep 20, 2022

The title company only operates from the contract and will split the transfer and recordation taxes if the contract so states. Your question missed the second part of Tax Property 14-104(c) which says "unless there is an express agreement between the parties to the agreement that the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I insinuate or "threaten" to break a solar contract that's already been installed?

I recently had solar panels installed in MD. It was verbally stated and explained how it would be installed: inverter inside in the basement, shutdown switch outside in the front, and conduit running on the side of my home hugging the downspout. The installers didn't do this and performed the... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 20, 2022

You have a breach of contract action that is unlikely to be material enough to allow you to rescind the contract, give back all the solar panel equipment, and get a full refund. You will be stuck with your contract. Your damages will be measured by the cost to correct and repair any faulty... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for Maryland on
Q: If a case has been dismissed voluntarily without judgement, how long does the plaintiff have to retry the case in MD?

The case is for credit card debt. Are there any typical reasons they would voluntarily dismiss the case without judgement?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 20, 2022

If the dismissal is "without prejudice" then they can re-file suit so long as they do so within the original statute of limitations, which is 3 years in Maryland for typical credit card debt. The 3 years begins to run from the date the last payment under the credit card agreement became... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: If I miss my land lord tenant court date can I appleal it
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
answered on Sep 19, 2022

Generally, the answer is yes, but such an appeal needs to be filed within 4 days for a failure to pay rent case and 10 days for other matters, such as a breach of lease, tenant holding over action, etc.

Additionally, often the Court will set an appeal bond to prevent frivolous appeals,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: What does this mean?

IfanyprovisionofthisLeaseorapplicationthereoftoanypersonorcircumstanceisheldinvalid,thatinvalidityshallnot affect other provisions or applications of this Lease which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application; and to this end, the provisions of this Lease are declared to be... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
answered on Sep 19, 2022

It's a bit jumbled together, but it's what known as a "severability clause". Essentially, if any aspect of the contract is found to contravene MD law (for instance, interest set at 10% in a rent case, etc.), the rest of the contract will continue to function regardless.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: How much notice is a landlord have to give a tenant to evict, without a lease & rents month to month in Maryland?

Washington County, Maryland

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
answered on Sep 19, 2022

It is generally 60 days. However, some of the counties have stricter rules.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Is there a Rule on a default expiration for Court Orders in family law, when a child is 18, sans a motion by the parties

There is Court Order of Consent between the parties prior to the kids reaching the age of 18. I was order to pay child support. To stop paying child support, I motioned to the Court that the child was 18 and no longer needed financial support. It was granted. However, there are other clauses in the... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 19, 2022

If your daughter is over 18 now, in the absence of any agreed terms that specifically continue past the age of 18 (such as an agreement to share health insurance costs to a certain age, college tuition, etc.), then the obligations end at 18 insofar as your child goes. A lawyer would have to review... Read more »

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