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Thomas C Valkenet

Baltimore Litigation Lawyer.

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  1. Your broken leg is now the Trustee's broken leg. Feel better?

    Written by attorney Thomas Valkenet, 2 months ago.

    When you file for bankruptcy protection all the things you own, including legal causes of action, become property of the estate. You no longer control whether a lawsuit can be filed or continued by yo

  2. Enforcing the deal even if the final document is not signed.

    Video posted by attorney Thomas Valkenet, 10 months ago.

    On November 1, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals published a decision confirming that you may have an enforceable deal even if the final document is not signed, and the other side tries to back away. Sue to enforce your rights!

  3. Maryland discovery practice - unanswered interrogatories and a motion to compel

    Video posted by attorney Thomas Valkenet, over 1 year ago.

    This vidoe was originally posted in response to an AVVO question about interrogatories. One side in litigation failed to answer, at all, and so the issue was whether a motion to compel would be filed. This is basic stuff, and the best thing is to always file something. Even if t...

  4. Need help picking your Maryland lawyer?

    Video posted by attorney Thomas Valkenet, over 1 year ago.

    There are a lot of ways to pick a lawyer. But there is one standard that is applied to lawyers across the country. It involves lawyers and judges rating other lawyers. These ratings take years to earn, and they cannot be purchased!

  5. Arbitration agreements in Maryland are not automatically enforceable to limit your right to sue!

    Written by attorney Thomas Valkenet, over 1 year ago.

    Just about all the commercial contracts you sign have an arbitration clause that requires submission of disputes before a lawsuit can be filed and maintained in court. The arbitration clause was intended to streamline dispute resolution, and to put parties of unequal economic pow...

  6. Proving lost profits in a busted economy

    Written by attorney Thomas Valkenet, over 1 year ago.

    Maryland's highest appellate court recently issued an opinion guiding a very common issue, post recession. Under what circumstances should a trial court permit (or require) evidence of post-breach market conditions affecting a claim for lost profits? It's a fancy way to ask whet...

    1 person found this Legal Guide helpful

  7. Your dumb smart phone will give you up to the police.

    Written by attorney Thomas Valkenet, almost 2 years ago.

    The police want access to your cell phone! And courts across the country are unsure about whether you are protected. What, exactly, is on your cell phone that you hope will remain private from government intrusion? Most everything, I am sure. The Fourth Amendment of the United S...

    1 person found this Legal Guide helpful

  8. Three points about a speed camera ticket in Maryland.

    Written by attorney Thomas Valkenet, almost 2 years ago.

    Our clients often ask why they were ticketed for another driver's violation, and how to contest speed camera tickets in court. Here are the facts. A lawyer can provide valuable assistance, at the trial table.

    2 people found this Legal Guide helpful

  9. Save your boat from auction in Maryland! Contest that maritime lien in the District Court.

    Written by attorney Thomas Valkenet, almost 2 years ago.

    Your boat needs care and attention, even in tough times. But you may fall behind, or be unable to pay the bills for repairs, bottom painting, towage, slip fees or other necessaries. And as a tough economy has made it difficult to maintain your home mortgage and business expenses...

    2 people found this Legal Guide helpful

  10. Must I pay the real estate broker on a busted deal?

    Written by attorney Thomas Valkenet, about 2 years ago.

    You've heard the story, and it goes like this-- "I had to back out of a real estate contract to sell my property, and now the broker is demanding that he get paid, what do I do?"If you can't run to a phone and call us, here's the essential rule--a Maryland real estate broker is e...

    1 person found this Legal Guide helpful

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