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High Times at the Federal Government?

August 7th, 2018

By Peter Casciano, Esq.
(301) 244-4523
pcasciano@a-f.net
Maryland Disability Lawyer, LTD Lawyer, Andalman & Flynn Some of my clients that work for the federal government have experienced the difficult dilemma of being prescribed marijuana by their physician, but have been unable to use it due to their employer.
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How Much Will It Cost to Get Divorced?

July 27th, 2018

By: Amanda Vann, Esq.
301-563-6685
avann@a-f.net
One of the most common questions I get is: “How much will a divorce cost?” The best answer I can give is: it depends. If you are in need of an attorney to assist you in the process, you should inquire with your attorney about their hourly rate, as well as retainer fees. Depending on the number of issues between you and spouse that need to be addressed and resolved, a divorce can cost thousands of dollars. If you and your spouse can come to an agreement on any of those issues, doing so will reduce the overall expenses you incur.
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Resources for Explaining Divorce to Your Children

July 24th, 2018

By: Amanda Vann, Esq.
301-563-6685
avann@a-f.net
One of the most difficult conversations you can have as a parent is to tell your children you are getting divorced. There isn’t a right or wrong way to articulate the information, but having some additional support and resources is a good way for parents to get on the same page and to help your kids through the process.
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What Happens to My Pet in a Divorce?

July 20th, 2018

By: Amanda Vann, Esq.
301-563-6685
avann@a-f.net
A pet is a part of a family, whether it is just you and your spouse, or you also have kids. When going through a separation or divorce, you have to also address where your pet will go. In Maryland, a pet is considered property, which means that you and your spouse need to decide who will own the pet after you separate and divorce. Spouses can always reach an agreement regarding their pet. Some people agree on one spouse taking the pet, others decide to share the pet. There are possible solutions if you are going to reach an agreement.
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Can I Change My Last Name as Part of My Divorce?

July 17th, 2018

By: Amanda Vann, Esq.
301-563-6685
avann@a-f.net
When clients file pleadings in court to obtain a divorce, one question I often ask is whether or not they would like to change their name back to their maiden name. The law in Maryland allows for a petitioner to seek the court to grant them a name change as part of their divorce. This doesn’t mean that you can change your name to anything you want. The law is specific and will allow for a spouse who has taken the name of their new spouse in marriage to revert back to their maiden name. It is rare for a judge to deny this request, provided the request is being made to evade your creditors or for fraudulent purposes.
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Life Insurance Waiver of Premium Claims

July 6th, 2018

By Peter Casciano, Esq.
(301) 244-4523
pcasciano@a-f.net
Maryland Disability Lawyer, LTD Lawyer, Andalman & Flynn Related to the long-term and short-term disability benefits claims that we file for our clients, we also work on life insurance waivers of premium claims. When our clients stop working due to an illness or injury, in many instances they already know to research whether they are covered by a long-term or short-term disability policy (or both).
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You No Longer Have to Wait to File for Divorce in Maryland

July 3rd, 2018

By: Mary Ellen Flynn, Esq.
301-563-6685
Email: meflynn@a-f.net

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As of October 1, 2018, this applies even if you have minor children in common.

More than a year ago, Maryland created a “Divorce by Mutual Consent” clause, which eliminated the 12-month separation requirement for obtaining an uncontested divorce. Read the rest of this entry »


Federal Disability Retirement Applications for Deceased Claimants

June 20th, 2018

By Peter Casciano, Esq.
(301) 244-4523
pcasciano@a-f.net
Maryland Disability Lawyer, LTD Lawyer, Andalman & Flynn Potential clients sometimes call with questions about whether FERS disability retirement applications can be filed for an employee who is deceased.

The Federal Circuit has squarely declined to require OPM to process a disability retirement application filed by the administratrix of a deceased federal employee’s estate. The court has found that the right to file an application for retirement benefits is personal to the employee alone and that the employee’s death ends the possible filing period. See Oshiver v. OPM, 896 F.2d 540 (Fed.Cir.1990).
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New Attack on Federal Workers’ Rights

June 19th, 2018

By Elliott Andalman, Esq.
301-563-6685
eandalman@a-f.net

On Friday, May 26, 2018, President Trump issued three executive orders placing new limits on the rights of federal workers. Read the rest of this entry »


Top 5 Things to Consider Before Filing for Divorce

June 15th, 2018

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

1.  Don’t Be Emotionally Charged When Contemplating Divorce

Going through a divorce in an emotional process, but you shouldn’t make decisions about your divorce when you are emotionally charged. This means that before making a decision regarding your divorce, such as divorce filing, settlement of an issue, division of an asset, custody, or support determinations, these decisions should not be taken lightly and should be given ample time to contemplate and ensure you know what you are doing. Making a decision about your divorce while emotionally charged is never a sound choice. You should always take time to digest what is happening to ensure you aren’t just making a decision because of your emotions. Read the rest of this entry »