You do not have to register it for it to be valid. However, it is a good idea to register it, so that if something happens to you, someone can actually find it. You register it with the Register of Wills. In Baltimore City it's located at the Circuit Court on Calvert Street.
I suggest you sit down and show your business plan to an attorney. There are many factors to consider between a corporation and an LLC. They each have pros and cons. The issues include how to set one up, how to make an operating agreement, taxes, etc. It can get complicated depending on your goals.
The cost to file a lawsuit is $28 in the district court. Plus you'll have to pay for service of process which can be upwards of $60 or more, depending on the method you choose. You will also have to expend the time to properly prepare a complaint with exhibits, show up to a court date, and have a trial. This can take several hours of time. Depending on where the defendant lives, Maryland may not even be the proper forum to sue the friend - it may be in another state depending on your...
Contingency fees for auto accident type cases range usually between 25-35%. Sometimes more, sometimes less. The settlement time could be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months (more likely) only assuming the defendant would want to settle. I recommend seeking an attorney to evaluate your case.
Depends on the age of your son, the relationship of the neighbor to the truck, and whether you can show that the truck was negligently parked on the street. You should consult an attorney because you will need to provide much more specific information.
Any answer on here would be pure speculation. Attorneys often decline to take cases on a contingency basis if they have little to no chance of success because a lot of time and effort can be put into a case with no return. It is possible to arrange a hybrid type agreement where you would pay an attorney hourly or something upfront and then if you are successful with your case, they would keep a fee out of the recovery. You can use the Find a Lawyer function here of Avvo to keep looking for an...
There are many excellent public defenders. If he's concerned, then you could ask for a new one, as my colleagues suggested, or you could retain private counsel. Depending on the facts of the case, a plea may be in his best interest. However, if your son wants a trial, then he has the right to have one. That's ultimately his decision. My firm has represented several clients charged with murder, and sometimes a plea deal is the best course of action for many reasons; sometimes it's not.
Unfortunately lawyers will be unable to offer you any rates from Avvo without knowing the details of your case. Contingency fees typically range anywhere from 25% to 40% depending on the details of the case and on other factors such as whether a trial is involved. My office does offer free consultations. I would be happy to speak with you further if you would like.
The standard Statute of Limitations in Maryland is actually 3 years. It only increases to 12 years if the contract was signed under seal. See the Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article Section 5-101 et seq.
You generally calculate that from your last payment. If it was a one time bill and was originally billed in 2001 and you have never made a payment, the 3 year statute will most likely apply. They can still sue you over the debt. Statute of limitations is an affirmative defense...
Draft a revocation of power of attorney. Sign and witness it. Safe to have it notarized. Deliver a copy to the original power of attorney and any and all financial institutions that may have access to the original power of attorney and any state agency where the original may have been recorded.