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Restricting Access to Firearms Using an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO)

September 27th, 2018

Beginning on October 1, 2018, a law enforcement officer, spouse, cohabitant, or person related by blood, marriage, or adoption, or intimate partner, may petition the court for an extreme risk protection order (ERPO). The ERPO allows these family or household members, or law enforcement officials to ask that a court remove, on a temporary basis, a person’s access to firearms where a person presents an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury.

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Join Us as We Participate in the Army Ten-Miler on October 7, 2018

September 26th, 2018

By Peter Casciano, Esq.
(301) 244-4523
pcasciano@a-f.net
Maryland Disability Lawyer, LTD Lawyer, Andalman & Flynn Every year, my wife and I participate in the Army Ten-Miler. I cannot think of an event that so wonderfully captures what it means to live and work in the Washington DC metro area.

This year’s race takes place October 7, 2018, beginning and ending at the Pentagon and crossing back and forth over the Potomac River. A map of the race course can be found here: https://www.armytenmiler.com/race-day/course/

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Can a Protective Order Be Permanent?

September 25th, 2018

A protective order allows a person eligible for relief to secure protection from abuse. A judge may enter a protective order where the judge finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the alleged abuse has occurred, or if the respondent consents to the entry of a protective order.

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“Revenge Porn” Now Included Under the Definition of Abuse for Domestic Violence Protective Orders

September 21st, 2018

In Maryland, you can obtain an order of protection from either the District Court or Circuit Court in your county to prevent a current or former spouse, a cohabitant, a person with whom you have had a sexual relationship, or other relatives from abusing or threatening you.

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The Role of a Personal Estate Representative in Maryland

September 19th, 2018

The personal representative of an estate is the person tasked with handling the probate of an estate of a decedent.

Who Can Become a Personal Representative of an Estate?

In Maryland, persons over the age of eighteen, who are mentally competent, and who have not been convicted of a serious crime are generally eligible to be considered for declaration as the personal representative of an estate. If a person is not a citizen of the United States, they may be the personal representative of an estate if they are a permanent resident and are the spouse, ancestor, descendant, or sibling of the decedent.

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How to Protect Your Credit Score in a Divorce

September 17th, 2018

Among the issues to consider in the divorce process is preserving your credit score and your access to credit. Credit scores can be used by potential lenders or potential landlords to assess your financial circumstances as part of the determination about whether you might qualify for a mortgage, have access to other credit, or secure a rental residence. Your ability to secure a new home or to use credit for other expenses may depend on your credit score and access to credit.

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What to Consider When Making a Parenting Plan

August 21st, 2018

By: Amanda Vann, Esq.
301-563-6685
avann@a-f.net
Many parents going through a divorce decide not to litigate child custody and instead work out a parenting plan. It is a difficult process even for those who remain amicable with one another, as there are many things to consider when it comes to your children. Below is a checklist that I recommend parents use when trying to come up with an amicable parenting plan:
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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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