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Archive for August, 2005

Telephone Calls

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Why is that lawyers do not return telephone calls? We are supposed to be in a service business after all. Divorce clients are under stress and when they call their lawyer they really want to talk to him or her.

The Client’s Mantra

I needed a lawyer.

I called you.

I couldn’t get you.

I got another lawyer.

The I Love You Defense

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

If you don’t have fault grounds for divorce in Maryland, there are two no-fault grounds — one year voluntary separation and two years involuntary separation. One defense to a complaint based on one year voluntary separation is that the separation is not voluntary. This means it will take two years to get divorced instead of one. I call this the I Love You Defense. You say that you still love your spouse and want the marriage to continue. At the same time, you let the other side know that you will relunctantly agree to a divorce within one year if the price is right. In order for this to work you must show that you have made some attempts at reconciliation.

Breaking Down the Door

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

What can you do when a spouse locks you out? If talking doesn’t work, you can hire a locksmith to let you in. Or you can take a more direct approach and force a window or a door as long as your name is on the deed or the lease. It is perfectly legal to break into your own home.

Divorce Costs Business Owners in Maryland

Monday, August 1st, 2005

Maryland business owners, who are getting a divorce, are sometimes surprised to learn that their spouse is a secret partner in their business. The price can be up to 50% although their other partner, Uncle Sam sometimes gets a share, too. When the spouse’s lawyer calls me to make an appointment with a business valuation expert, they say “They can’t do that, can they?” Yes, they can. Marital property includes any asset acquired during the marriage, no matter how titled. That includes businesses and pensions plans, as attorney John King explains in this press release.

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