Maryland Civil Rights Questions & Answers

Q: Is anyone familiar or heard of Mortgage Edge Corporation. They're listed on Deed of Trust as beneficiary.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 11, 2019
Cedulie Renee Laumann's answer
The beneficiary under a Deed of Trust IS the lender.

Although this online forum is not designed to seek legal research on specific issues / entities / matters, you can check with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) for information on the last known resident agent for corporations operating in this state.

While not legal advice, I hope the above general information helps!

Q: can the guardian of a living disabled adult (senior citizen) re-write a properly executed will?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Estate Planning for Maryland on
Answered on Dec 19, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
No. But a guardian may be able to make other estate planning decisions, including establishing a trust in the name of their ward and funding it, with distribution of the trust assets upon death being set forth in the trust. You should not do anything without first consulting with experienced estate planning counsel, as guardians owe fiduciary duties to their ward and can run afoul of both civil and criminal statutes if they do not act solely in the best interest of their ward.

Q: Can I obtain a lawyer with a right to sue letter from the Civil Rights Commission

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Maryland on
Answered on Sep 25, 2018
Joseph D. Allen's answer
Typically (but not always) a right-to-sue letter follows a determination that the MCCR did not find probable cause that discrimination occurred. As for recommendations, I'm afraid you'll have to do some research and speak with some attorneys who offer free consultations- and get a sense of who you want representing you (and also get their opinion of the strength of your case).

Q: Where I live the police say it is gang related and can't be worn into school? Is this true?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Answered on Sep 6, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
I do not know what "it" is. Platen is defined as "a plate, typically made of gold or silver, used for holding the bread during the Eucharist and sometimes as a cover for the chalice."

The police say. Who says? An individual police officer? A supervisor? Is it in writing? Is it an urban legend?

Who are they?

Who is telling the police it is?

Take your time in school Write out a cogent and gramatically correct inquiry. If you cannot, then it appears you should...

Q: Hello. I need advice. My dad is in competent of court for non payment of child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Criminal Law, Family Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Answered on Jul 31, 2018
Elizabeth Pugliese's answer
Stay out of it. It is not your job to resolve this problem. Citizens' arrests aren't really a thing anyway. Let the court system handle this. Let your Mom handle it.

Q: Should I take legal action against my boss?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for Maryland on
Answered on Jul 26, 2018
Joseph D. Allen's answer
As far as injuries to yourself and related medical expenses, your situation seems to fall squarely under the workers compensation system. Any non-injury related damages you incurred (or potentially damages to the unborn child) might or might not fall outside workers compensation. It certainly seems inconsiderate and foolish of your employer to have you fill out the incident report form before getting medical care- but it is not clear whether that would create civil liability outside the...

Q: If you break house arrest and they book you, do u only serve the time you were supposed to serve or is it longer?

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights for Maryland on
Answered on May 20, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
This is a criminal defense question. I do not understand your question.

However, if you broke house arrest I wish you the best.

And if you are the 17 year old, then ask your lawyer. You either retained one or was appointed one

Q: If I have a housemate and the police produce a search warrant for them, are my possesions included in the warrant?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Answered on May 18, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
The search warrant generally applies to an entire premises, unless it is limited by its terms. If not limited, they may very well search and seize your items. If that were to happen, you would need to retain counsel to either invalidate the seizure as to your possessions, or move to suppress any evidence of a crime that implicates you that was seized from your room, and argue that your 4th Amendment rights were violated. You would likely have to establish that your room was clearly identifiable...

Q: What does a person normally receive in MD court for inhalent abuse

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Answered on May 15, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
There is no "normal," as sentencing takes into consider a wide array of factors, including past criminal history, age, employment, nature and aggravating circumstances of the case, victim impact, the defendant's actions to address any substance abuse or emotional/mental issues that may underly his/her actions, etc. The specific county, judge and prosecutor can make a difference as well. A non-violent first offender can generally hope for probation and no conviction. Consult a lawyer in...

Q: My brother was living in my home for about 4 months. He recently passed away in his sleep. I have a question. ..

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Probate for Maryland on
Answered on Feb 5, 2018
Cedulie Renee Laumann's answer
You may wish to re-post with the specific question.

Q: Can I still file with the eeoc if I passed the 180 day limit to file with the mchr (Maryland)

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 23, 2018
Jonathan C. Puth's answer
Yes, you have 300 days to file with the EEOC in Maryland, where there is a state deferral agency. If you are referring to Montgomery County office of human rights you should also be timely.

By the way, if you're late with a filing it doesn't matter usually if it's one day late or 100. Either way in most instances you're out of luck.

Q: Where would I begin looking for an attorney for grandson who is a criminal defendant with mental health issues?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 19, 2018
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr's answer
We handle these issues and you can call us at 410 244-5068. The initial consult is free.

Q: Can i sue if a police they lock me up for a burglary i didnt commit and mistake me for the guy who did it .

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 18, 2018
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr's answer
Possibly. Depends when the incident occurred --- must generally be within 1 year to fulfill notice requirements -- and there would have to be some degree of damages. Deprivation of liberty could be part of that.

Q: If I give a friend permission to use my mailing address is that against the law

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 5, 2018
Cedulie Renee Laumann's answer
No.

People are generally free to forward mail anywhere they choose. However, where someone is required to report their actual residence / address, they must report their actual address (e.g., if someone is a registered offender).

Q: What are the legal responsibilities of an independent contractor.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Answered on Dec 29, 2017
Cedulie Renee Laumann's answer
The question is extremely broad as an online post cannot realistically outline every legal responsibility, much will depend on the particular field/industry.

Generally speaking, thought, an Independent Contractor assumes responsibility for all his/her own work and does not have an employer/employee relationship. That means an Independent Contractor should pay their own taxes (both employer and employee side), pay for their own insurance, buy their own tools, control how they do their...

Q: Can I record an incoming call to my personal cell phone even if I am not showing it to anyone?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Answered on Sep 28, 2017
Cedulie Renee Laumann's answer
No. Maryland law requires the consent of the other person to record a phone conversation. Sometimes consent may be implied if someone keeps talking after an announcement "this call will be recorded."

For more information you may wish to read up on Maryland's wiretapping laws.

Q: How can I deal with this situation?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Maryland on
Answered on Aug 9, 2017
Eric Todd Kirk's answer
There is a well known and long standing rule of professional conduct prohibiting a lawyer from acting as a witness and an advocate in the same proceeding.

Q: What violates a child welfare safety plan during a sexual abuse investigation?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Answered on Jul 16, 2017
Elizabeth Pugliese's answer
I am not normally a fan of reporting to CPS. However, there is already a plan in place that your ex is aware of. The fact that he is not thinking about the implications of the children spending the night shows he is not demonstrating good judgment. Your first priority is to protect the children.

You should consult with an attorney regarding all your options.

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