Before You File: 5 Considerations to Make During a Divorce

The divorce lawyers at Bodie Law discuss things that should be taken into consideration before filing for divorce. The potential end of a marriage can be such an emotionally charged situation that it’s often tempting to act in anger … and without thinking things through.  Stepping away from heated emotions to formulate a plan before…

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Family Feud: 4 Things Siblings Will Quarrel Over

The estate planning attorneys at Bodie Law discuss the common areas of disagreement for siblings dealing with situations in settling an estate. A parent’s serious illness or passing is already fraught with emotion.  But the aftermath can be even more difficult when siblings disagree about matters related to medical care or the settling of an…

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Your Retirement and “Honorable and Faithful” Service

What in the world does “honorable and faithful” service mean? Believe it or not, as an employee of Baltimore County, even having been employed for several years, you could be denied the retirement benefits you have come to expect.  What’s worse is that the denial of these benefits may have nothing to do with the…

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Divorce Mistakes That Can Derail Your Retirement Plans

Unfortunately many people make major mistakes regarding their retirement long before a divorce.  The biggest mistake for the economically dependent spouse is to fail to have retirement savings in their own name.  During a marriage many people are trusting and make the decision to put all retirement saving in one spouse’s name, usually the spouse…

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Bodie Participates in West Towson Elementary Career Day

Michael Harmon  recently participated in the 4th Annual Career Day at West Towson Elementary School which took place April 8th from 10 am – 12:15 am. Volunteers from various professions filled the gymnasium at West Towson Elementary. There were journalists, chefs, musicians, engineers, doctors, athletes, and of course, a Bodie attorney. Students from 4th and 5th…

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Breach of Contract Basics

It is difficult to imagine a world without contracts.  It has become an everyday task to enter into contracts with companies, employees, suppliers, customers and other businesses.  But even in a contract-driven world, surprisingly few people know their legal rights when it comes to breaches of contract.

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Negotiating a Commercial Real Estate Lease

Information on commercial leases and things to consider when negotiating contracts Deciding to “move-in together” is a big step. Signing commercial leases is its own version of taking a relationship to the next level. Only in this version, it is typically accompanied by a few hundred pages of paperwork. The standard terms of commercial leases…

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Not a Limitless Power: POA in Real Estate Transactions

Power of Attorney documents are a well-known component of estate planning, usually associated with assigning decision making roles for end of life planning and instances when someone is otherwise incapable of caring for themselves. However, the power granted in a power of attorney is not limitless.

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Filial Support Laws: Picking Up the Tab for Mom and Dad

America is facing a long-term care crisis.  Statistics show that the amount of time elderly people are spending in nursing homes increases each year. This is a result of both the baby boomer generation, as well as advances in modern medicine. Without proper estate planning, children may be the ones left picking up the tab…

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Springing out Powers

Maryland seniors may want to think about updating their estate plan before retiring in the Sunshine State, due to Florida’s Power of Attorney Act.  Recent estate law changes in Florida may prevent power of attorney documents from “springing” into action.

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