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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: How long before a trial is scheduled for a July 2021 ticket? When I called they are still scheduling 2020 court cases.

I am currently suing the person that hit my vehicle, but didn't want to wait another 6 months to a year before my trial is scheduled. Should I contact my insurance company and pay the deductible to get my vehicle fixed? I have full coverage, but don't have full PIP coverage. I think this... Read more »

Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk answered on Jul 22, 2021

It might not be possible to reliably predict when a currently file case will make it to trial. As you know there are meaningful delays due to covid and there could potentially be more. It's a financial decision but you may well wish to pay your deductible and let your insurance company try to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Per MD Code Real Prop § 8-203.1 can a landlord refuse tenant to be present during move out inspection due to Coronavirus

To be more specific, the property manager will not allow me, the tenant, to be present during the move-out walk-through inspection due to covid. Thank you

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Jun 22, 2021

Just seeking a bit of clarification here:

Are you asking if the Landlord can choose not to come or asking if the Landlord can refuse to allow the Tenant to be present?

For the former, you could allow an agent to take the place of the Landlord to conduct the walkthrough. For the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Maryland on
Q: Does hicks rule apply only in circuit court or also district court
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 7, 2021

The Hicks court opinion (from which the "rule" gets its nickname) only applies to the circuit court criminal rule of procedure that contains the 180 day trial deadline limit, and there is no corresponding 180 day deadline for trial in District Court, so no, the rule only applies in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Maryland on
Q: I am being pressured by my employer to receive the Covid19 injection against my will. What is my recourse?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 6, 2021

Although the EEOC has not directly answered the question, it appears vaccine mandates by employers are permissible, subject to some obligation to accommodate an employee's religious beliefs or disability (under the Americans With Disabilities Act) that precludes their vaccination. If an... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Maryland on
Q: my mother is in the hospital incapacitated. she does not have a will. we're five siblings. we need a power of attorney

mom is physically unable but has retained some cognitive responses. she's unable to speak, only nods her head. we need help from willing attorney to come to the hospital in Germantown.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 3, 2021

If she’s mentally competent she can sign a will and powers of attorney (Health Care POA and financial/general) but it gets tricky organizing witnesses and a notary public (for the POA) at a Hospital during covid. It can be done. Contact an experienced attorney who is willing to make Hospital visits.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Not sure how to report address history on adjustment of status paperwork

Im current on H1B status and have been so since October. Prior to that I was on OPT. The issue is that during COVID I flew to stay temporarily with my husband (in a different state) but forgot to report it as an address change. When I switched to the H1B status, I reported an address in my original... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Apr 24, 2021

Write in the addresses that you now remember. Make sure you have both documents and explain what happened at the interview.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Maryland on
Q: can my employer force us and make it mandatory to get the covid vaccine or be fired

my job made it mandtatory to get the vaccine or lose your job...is that legal? can they do that?

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Apr 14, 2021

Generally, the answer to this question is yes. However, there are two main exceptions: (1) if you have a disability that renders you unable to receive the vaccine; or (2) if you have a religious objection to the vaccine. If you fall under one or both of these, then you are permitted to request an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: I live in MD and I have filed a breach of lease against the tenant who I am renting my house to.

When I filed the form for eviction at District court, I check marked the box for 14 days breach of lease causing imminent danger. Is it possible to change the eviction notice to 30 days for breach of lease?

Also if I filed my case on January 25th and I issued a notice to quit/vacate... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Mar 30, 2021

That's a whole bunch of questions. In regards to the 14 days, if there is danger of imminent damage/harm, then yes, you could go for the 14 day notice.

In regards to will the judge really look at the notice: it depends on the judge, but yes, they should certainly be looking at it....
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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: I have an 18 month lease that will expire at the end of June 2021. My landlord has decided to sell. I live in Maryland

How much written notice must he give me? What if I can't find another place? Am I protected by Covid? I am not behind on my rent.

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Mar 15, 2021

Generally speaking, the notice requirement is 30 days notice, effective rent due date. If your landlord wants to sell it, that's how much notice he will have to give (ie. May 2021). There is talk of a law prohibiting the giving of notice in MD for a while, but it's unclear whether that... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Excuse my ignorance. If courts are not open, how can one evict commercial tenant after they ignore 30days notice

For a nonpaying commercial month to month tenant of a small office condo. Thanks

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 14, 2021

Courts are open, and are handling cases, many by remote video hearings over zoom on the internet or through participation by telephone. Some courts still have in-person hearings. There are no COVID eviction protections for commercial leases.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Violation of Probation for restitution not being paid in full prior to probationary period ending

I was convicted of felony theft, over $10k under $100k. I was sentenced to 4 years incarceration, all but one suspended and 5 years probation. I was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $47,000. I paid monthly what I could afford, abided by the terms of my probation and was released... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 8, 2021

Assemble all your payment records and income verification and bankruptcy info, which will show your good faith efforts to pay. I do not see you being violated for inability to pay such a large restitution obligation. Nobody gets violated for not having enough money. Your probation should be closed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Have small Maryland office condo with nonpaying month to month tenant. We have been paying condo fee & property tax.

The tenant has means & finances but just using Covid to his advantage. How can we evict 3/31 or can we at least convert to triple net to free ourselves of recurring expenses? Can’t afford the $2500 retainer or the hourly rates. Thanks!

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 6, 2021

If this is a commercial lease--not a residential--then give 30 days written notice to vacate (it's month-to-month), or whatever longer period is required by the lease, and when they fail to vacate you file for eviction based on tenant holding over beyond the term of the lease, or immediately... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: I am buyer. Seller did not disclosed information about solar panel contract. Can I refuse to buy and get my depositback

Do I need an attorney or it can be mediated?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 2, 2021

Need more facts. What, exactly, is the non-disclosure? That warranty repairs were limited to manufacturer warranties? That disputes under the solar panel contract can only be resolved by binding arbitration in Chester County, PA? Or that the solar panels have a balance due with 48 monthly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: I am a Maryland landlord and wish to sell my rental property. Our tenant is month to month. Can we sell during pandemic?

Our tenant owes 11k in back rent due to pandemic. We sent a certified letter to her to vacate in 30 days as we need to sell. We are trying to prevent the house going into foreclosure. She said she’s not leaving. What rights do we have as landlords?

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Jan 20, 2021

That sounds very frustrating.

So, provided the 30 day letter was done properly, you would need to file a Tenant Holding Over action with the District Court. This will start the process for eviction. Unfortunately, the Courts are in Phase 2 so there is no guarantee when the courts will hear...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: Looking to see if I can get help with Child Support.

Set up Child support in 2016, i believe, making $67,000 yrly. Due to Covid my pay has decreased significantly. Because of this I have reached out to child support for Modification, Unfortunately I was told "You do not need to file a modification your job can only take 65%." I am currently... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 28, 2020

The only was an existing child support order can change is if a court issues a new order. The way you get a new order is to file a motion to modify child support based on a change of circumstances. The other parent can consent to the change by agreement, which would make the process go fairly quick... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: I am a hold over tenant with a court date coming up soon. I am up to date on rent, and my lease has gone month to month

If I lose, am I entitled to an appeal, and if I appeal, may I ask for a jury trial? No money will be owed by me. I am fighting on the basis of retaliation. Thanks. I am trying to approximate how much time I will have in I lose my case in March, 2121. I am chronically ill, Federally Totally... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Dec 16, 2020

Good evening,

Well, a lot of this depends on the grounds. If the Landlord gave you proper notice to vacate and your lease term is up (ie month to month) then you will almost assuredly lose the case. All the Landlord has to prove is that a) the lease term is up, b) you were given proper...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: My ex was tested for covid our son is suppose to be with him this weekend. Can I keep him if his results aren't back

If the results are negative I will gladly send him there but if they aren't back or are positive can I get in trouble for keeping him home when it is his weekend. He insists that he is pick him up regardless. I have already had him my weekend this month so I can't just trade weekends with him

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Nov 26, 2020

Tallk to your ex. See if you can switch weekends or make it up later. You have to follow the court order but you can work out an arrangement if you both agree.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: How long can the court Maryland court systems postpone a court date due to COVID-19?
Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk answered on Nov 24, 2020

The COVID19/coronavirus pandemic has claimed some 260,000 American lives since February. Experts suggest this is a once in a lifetime health crisis of epic magnitude. I predict he courts will continue to adhere to the guidance of public health officials and the governor. There is no limit on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Thank you, does the estate have to be reopened for the PR to sell the home? It is currently closed.

Thank you for answering my last question. The estate is currently closed and has gone through probate and was closed many years ago.The personal representative's lawyer sent a letter certified mail saying that if the heir living in the home does not willingly agree to sell the home as an heir... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Nov 16, 2020

My prior answer stands. The answer depends on whether the estate is open and who is in title on the home. If this is related to the other question I saw in which a probate was closed many years ago in PG County but the house was not transferred, then it may be necessary to reopen the probate to get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Maryland on
Q: How long would the process take of making a complaint for the sale in Lieu of Partition in Prince George's county, MD?

An elderly disabled person is being forced out of his home that he lived in all of his life by the personal representative. The home had been closed with probate many years ago, and it's still closed, but the personal representative has now decided to sell the home after all this time. The... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Nov 16, 2020

Your posting does not provide sufficient information for a reliable response, and I suggest that you review all of the facts with counsel during a consult. If the house is titled to the decedent, and there is an open estate with a qualified PR, there is no need for a complaint for sale in lieu of... Read more »

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