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Three New Laws Impacting Maryland Estates in 2017

June 15th, 2017

By: Kate McDonough, Esquire
301-563-6685
kmcdonough@a-f.net

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland, Divorce Attorney, Andalman & Flynn

There were a variety of new laws or amendments to existing laws which will take effect this year that will have an impact on Maryland estate administration. This blog highlights three of the changes that estate Personal Representatives, attorneys, and all residents of Maryland should be aware of.

Keep reading to learn about these new regulations and how they might affect you!

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Service Dogs and Disability Benefits

June 14th, 2017

By Peter Casciano, Esq.
(301) 244-4523
pcasciano@a-f.net

As a life-long lover of dogs, sometimes the hardest part of my day is not petting the service dogs that occasionally accompany my clients to meetings with me. I learned early on that those sweet dogs are there for work, not play, and therefore it helps them do their job better if I don’t distract them. It is tempting though.

For many years, service dogs were thought of by society as “seeing-eye dogs” assisting those with vision impairment and/or loss. However, dogs provide assistance to people with disabilities across a wide spectrum.

Keep reading to learn more about service animals and how having one can affect your disability benefits claims.

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Does My Child Have a Say in a Custody Dispute?

June 6th, 2017

By: Amanda Vann, Esq.
301-563-6685
avann@a-f.net

One of the most common questions I am asked when addressing custody is whether or not a child will have the ability to express their wishes to the judge during the process. By the time a custody case is being filed in court, it is apparent that the parents are not in agreement regarding custody or a visitation schedule. The parents are asking for a judge to create an order deciding where the child should live and how often the child will see each of his or her parents, and many factors go into the judge’s decision.

Keep reading to learn more about how a child’s preference can affect child custody decisions in the state of Maryland.

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Want to Improve Your Chances of Winning FERS Disability Retirement? An Independent Evaluation Can Help

June 1st, 2017

by Tito Morales, Esq.
301-563-6685
TMorales@a-f.net

As I have discussed before, the only way to prove your Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) Disability Retirement claim is to submit medical evidence that demonstrates your physical or mental disability.  Unfortunately, the standard types of medical evidence (clinical records, diagnostic tests, scans, etc.) are not always sufficient to prove your disability.  In these situations, we often rely on independent evaluations that are designed to highlight the severity of your impairment and how it impacts your ability to perform your federal job.

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Why You Shouldn’t Date During a Divorce

May 25th, 2017

By: Amanda Vann, Esq.
301-563-6685
avann@a-f.net

Divorce is a difficult time, and often people feel lonely and want to find a significant other to help them cope. But dating while going through a divorce is not the best idea, and it could even adversely affect your divorce case.

Keep reading to learn more about why dating during a divorce isn’t a smart idea, or contact an attorney at Andalman & Flynn today.

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New Challenges for FERS Disability Retirement Applicants

May 18th, 2017

By Elliott Andalman, Esq. and Peter Casciano, Esq.
301-563-6685
eandalman@a-f.net
pcasciano@a-f.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inspector General (IG) at OPM (Office of Personnel Management) from time to time investigates how well the agency handles retirement applications for the federal workforce. The most recent study was performed in fiscal year 2015. Sadly, the results are not pretty—it turns out OPM is not a user friendly agency for retirees.

Keep reading to learn more about the results of the study, and contact Andalman & Flynn if you need assistance with your FERS Disability Retirement Application!

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Relationship Advice from a Divorce Attorney: Part Three

May 17th, 2017

By: Kate McDonough, Esquire
301-563-6685
kmcdonough@a-f.net

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland, Divorce Attorney, Andalman & FlynnThe final installment of my three-part series on Relationship Advice from a Divorce Attorney deals with the topic of kids and families.

Keep reading to learn what family-related  topics you should discuss with your partner before deciding to get married and how to deal with a failing marriage when you have children. And if you need help navigating the process of divorce and co-parenting, contact the expert lawyers at Andalman & Flynn.

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How Will the Judge Decide My Custody Case?

May 12th, 2017

By: Kate McDonough, Esquire
301-563-6685
kmcdonough@a-f.net

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland, Divorce Attorney, Andalman & Flynn

Making sure that my clients are well-informed before their court appearances is one of the most important parts of my job. I find that prospective clients often have “the wrong idea” about what factors are most important for a judge deciding a child custody case. For example, did you know that the “maternal preference” has long been abolished in Maryland? And that the Court does not automatically award custody of the children to the wealthier parent or the parent with the nicest home for the children to live in?

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Relationship Advice from a Divorce Attorney: Part Two

May 10th, 2017

By: Kate McDonough, Esquire
301-563-6685
kmcdonough@a-f.net

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland, Divorce Attorney, Andalman & FlynnPart Two of my three-part series on relationship advice from a divorce attorney deals with the topic of money. Many people dread discussing money with their partner, but it doesn’t have to be so hard—and avoiding these important discussions can have major consequences for your relationship.

Keep reading for top tips on talking about and managing money when you’re in a relationship. And if you haven’t read Part One of this series, go back and read about my general relationship advice!
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Collecting on Your Landlord Tenant Money Judgment

May 9th, 2017

In Maryland, landlords can obtain money judgments against tenants in Failure to Pay Rent actions. While traditional civil money judgments allow for plaintiffs to proceed straight to collection measures, there is one additional step to take if you simply have a money judgment disposition in your Failure to Pay Rent case.

Keep reading to learn more about the steps you can take to collect on your landlord tenant money judgment in Maryland!

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