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WHAT IS A GUARDIAN IN MARYLAND?

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND What is a Guardian in Maryland? A guardian is someone appointed by the Court to assume legal responsibility for another person or another person’s property, or both. Guardianship is appropriate and necessary when an individual is not capable of making their own decisions in society. Three examples are: Minors – Individuals who are under the age of 18 Mentally Disabled – Individuals who have been diagnose and treated for mental disability Elderly – Certain elderly individuals can be classified as unable to care for themselves, and will therefor require a guardian For the sake of time, we are...

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SHOULD I GET A PREMARITAL AGREEMENT?

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Use of Premarital Agreements The world we live in currently is in stark contrast to the one our parents grew up in, and one of the biggest changes in American society has been scene in the institution of marriage. Less people are getting married, those marriages aren’t lasting as long, and the divorce rate has skyrocketed. In this age of divorce, a formerly obscure legal document, the premarital (prenuptial) agreement, has come into almost standard use. What Is a Premarital Agreement? Is It Different from a Prenup? Prenuptial agreement, premarital agreement and prenup all mean the same thing. They are...

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MARYLAND FAMILY LAW, DIVORCE, LEGAL SEPARATION, ANNULMENTS & CUSTODY

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Annulments in The State of Maryland An annulment is a decree establishing that the marriage between two parties never existed. The Maryland Family Court is dealt with deciding the validity of each annulment case and infrequently grants annulments. If the court decides to grant the annulment, it is considered that you and your spouse were never married. If you are seeking an annulment, it is advisable for you to speak with an experienced Maryland family law attorney at The Burton Firm. The standard of proof that must be met to prove an annulment is difficult to meet, but...

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DIVORCE & SEPARATION IN IMMIGRATION STATUS

Maryland Family Law Attorney Explains Divorce & Separation in Immigration Status A divorce or separation can definitely affect your lawful status and ability to stay in the U.S. if you are in the country on a visa that was granted based on your spouse’s application. If you used your spouse’s status to immigrate within two years of your marriage, you are a conditional resident, and therefore getting a divorce or separation will affect your status. Additionally, divorce or separation may affect your status if your status depends on your spouse’s status. To protect yourself and your immigration status, you must know the difference...

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PARENTAL ALIENATION SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW LAWYER When a couple is going through a divorce or separation, the entire family is affected and those affects can be lasting and significant. Children are often times the most affected because they have not had the years of experience that it takes to understand and deal with emotional trauma. In the same way that their young minds are more susceptible to emotional stress, they are also far more susceptible to manipulation. Parental Alienation is the process, and the result, of the psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and/or other family...

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WILLS & ESTATES FAQ

MARYLAND ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY Its that subject that many of us don’t want to talk about, let alone think about – what will happen when we pass away? We are not going to get into the spiritual and metaphysical on this page today, but what we can do is help you understand what happens to your personal property when you pass away. Our great country’s Constitution sets laws and regulations that create the foundation for every state’s specific laws regarding the passage of property following an individual’s passing. Each state will have a slightly different set of laws determining how property will...

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CHILD GUARDIANSHIP

MARYLAND CHILD GUARDIANSHIP ATTORNEY CHILD GUARDIANSHIPS IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND Child guardianship is a serious issue. It is a lot of responsibility to become the guardian of another person. You are given the responsibility of making the most important decisions on their behalf, and obligated to ensure their safety and wellbeing. The process to become the guardian of a minor in the state of Maryland is appropriately complex and should be handled by an experienced Maryland child guardianship attorney. Steps to Become a Guardian Petition the Court - In order to become a guardian of a minor, the individual must first petition the...

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CONTESTED GUARDIANSHIPS

MARYLAND GUARDIANSHIP LAWYER MARYLAND GUARDIANSHIP LAWYER EXPLAINS CONTESTED GUARDIANSHIPS & INTERESTED PERSON’S RIGHTS Interested individuals have a large role in how guardianship of a minor, disabled person, or property is granted. Often, interested parties involvement will turn an uncontested guardianship case into a complicated battle, called a ‘contested guardianship.’ It may happen when the guardianship is being granted, or later down the line if an interested party believes the guardian is not doing a proper job of caring for the person or property. If you are fighting for guardianship, consult with a highly experienced Maryland guardianship lawyer for legal assistance. Who is an...

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GRANDPARENT & 3RD PARTY CUSTODY & ACCESS

Maryland Family Law Lawyer Helps With Grandparent & 3rd Party Custody & Access The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is very special. In fact, some countries even celebrate such a relationship with National Grandparents Day. It is not uncommon in this country for children, who have a great relationship with their grandparents, to be raised by them who would like legal custody of their grandchildren. In the event of a divorce, grandparents often pursue visitation rights to see their grandchildren regularly. Unfortunately, if biological parents prohibit third parties, such as grandparents, from visiting the children, they can have a very difficult...

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“POWER OF ATTORNEY” IN MARYLAND

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW LAWYER MARYLAND FAMILY LAW LAWYER HELPS WITH ALL LEGAL ASPECTS OF "POWER OF ATTORNEY" IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND Power of attorney is a term that authorizes another person (your agent) to make decisions on your behalf. You should be very careful when granting such powers to another individual as he or she then becomes legally able to conduct business for you in the event that you are unable to do so. It’s very important you understand the various types of powers of attorney, the implications of limited versus general power, the authorities you are giving and the events...

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