FAQ

Personal Injury Cases

How much is my personal injury case worth?

The evaluation of a personal injury case begins by analyzing two factors: liability and the damages. For liability, we look at whether the person at fault in the accident was negligent and how serious the negligence was. To determine damages, we look at the cost of the medical treatment and any lost wages for the victim.

Do I have a case?

In every situation, we look at the liability and damages to determine whether you have a case. Both must be present for a proper case and that’s why it’s important to speak with an experienced lawyer.

How long does a personal injury case take?

Personal injury cases can be a long process. We don’t typically begin negotiation with an insurance company until you’ve completed your medical care. After medical treatment is complete we can then negotiate with the insurance company and if those negotiations aren’t fruitful we can discuss filing a suit.

DUI Cases

It’s my first offense DUI, am I going to jail?

Typically, a first offense DUI does not result in jail time, but instead usually results in probation before judgment. When you have more than one offense, it is more likely that jail time will be involved and that’s why it’s very important that you speak to a lawyer about your case.

Custody

What is the determining factor in a custody case?

The most important determining factor in a Maryland custody case is the custody agreement that both parents have been exercising immediately prior to their attempt to get custody through the court.

Is there maternal preference in Maryland?

No, there is no maternal preference in Maryland. The legal standard that the court is going to consider is what is in the best interest of the child.

What are child-support costs and how are they calculated?

Maryland uses child-support guidelines to calculate child-support costs based on the income of the parties and certain expenses including health insurance, daycare, and whether there is any alimony in the case.

Divorce

What is the first step in my divorce?

The first step in every divorce case is for the parties to attempt to come to an agreement, which will result in a voluntary separation and property settlement agreement. If no agreement can be reached, then the judge will have to decide after a trial.

What are the costs of a divorce case?

This is going to be determined by whether the parties can come to an agreement. If not, the matter will have to be litigated which involves much more time and expense. During the litigation, the parties have the option of coming to an agreement at any time, which will reduce the costs associated with the litigation process.

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