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Margaret Hackett Oliver

Divorce and separation Attorney at Columbia, MD

4.9   56 reviews

also known as Margaret H. Oliver

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1997
    Status
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About Margaret

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Separation, divorce and family conflict create crisis situations in nearly every family. Iam a mediator, collaborative attorney and experienced litigator. Working with families of all configurations, I will listen to your hopes and concerns to gain a better understanding of how best to assist you.   I will provide you with the legal advice, advocacy and guidance necessary to assist youregardless of the process you select, and I will keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Location

Margaret H. Oliver, LLC
6851 Oak Hall Lane.
Suite. 202
Columbia, MD, 21045

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Meg Oliver
Meg was recommended to me and handled my contentious protracted divorce. She was extremely responsive and had a special ability to "calm" the emotions and stay focused on the case issues. I felt well supported by her, and she answered all my questions. She hung in there as an advocate no matter how hard it got or how obstructive my ex-husband was. With her help and support I am happily divorced. I appreciated and benefitted from her skills and wisdom. She was definitely in my corner through it all. With her advocating hard for me the case did settle.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2024
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Meg knows her stuff!
After my 24 year marriage came crashing down around me I had no idea where to turn or what to do next. As a man, about the only thing that I knew was that I wanted to hire a female attorney with a lot of experience. A friend of mine recommended that I reach out to Meg Oliver to have her guide me through the divorce process. I am so glad that I did. Meg is a unique blend of experience, great communication skills and patience. In the end Meg Oliver negotiated a fair agreement with me ex-wife's lawyer. I was pleased with the outcome and highly recommend Meg to represent you in your divorce.
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Posted by Sam | May 12, 2023
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Excellent Professional Attorney
Meg provided me with all legal route options related to my case with all possible paths and outcomes including timeframes and financial burdens. She is incredible with communication via emails or phone calls, keeping track and staying on top of all required documentations. Her knowledge and experience in divorce law helped me in a great deal to get a settlement and a court order. She also has a wonderful office staff. I am extremely happy that she was on my side.
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Posted by Dawn | March 27, 2023
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100% would recommend for a divorce lawyer
I had no clue on how to move forward in getting a divorce after 28 years of marriage.. Meg was amazing, she knew how to talk to me to feel comfortable on moving forward with the process. Always on top of the next step, an very thorough with all the paperwork. Always there for me even on a holiday, all I had to do was email her and or her Admin and they would get right back to me. Meg made this process much easier for me than I thought. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ! If you are in need - DO NOT LOOK ANY FUTHER. CALL MEG OLIVER. It was fast and less stressful for me. I am Happy to have met her. Thank you Meg
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Posted by Janet | March 2, 2023
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Divorce By Text, After 34 years of Marriage - A Real Shitshow!
My husband sent me a text wanting a divorce. I was devastated. I knew I needed an attorney ASAP. I contacted Meg Oliver, as she was highly recommended by a friend. After explaining my circumstances, she told me what I needed to do. Meg worked hard, and countless hours. She kept me informed every step of the way. Her personality and work ethic is was what I admired. Meg is soft spoken, but during mediation she stands her ground. If you re looking for a good divorce attorney, I would highly recommend Meg Oliver.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2022
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Worth it
Meg was hired to wrap up a divorce that was going nowhere fast, except to court. Her relational skills and thorough knowledge of the process and financial matters brought the process to a timely and calm conclusion without litigation. My only regret is that I did not hire her at the beginning.
Posted by JILL | October 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Warm, Kind and Empathetic
I am so grateful to have found Meg! She held my hand through a very contentious divorce and guided me towards a fair settlement. The process would have been so much more painful without her empathy and understanding. If you have to go through an ugly divorce (I'm sorry!) I can't recommend Meg and team highly enough.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2021
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A happy divorce client
Meg Oliver is an accomplished, knowledgeable, patient, and wise attorney. Meg brought me through a difficult and sometimes adversarial divorce. The divorce process was very successful from beginning to end. Meg allayed my initial fears with solid information, anticipating what might and did happen, communicating effectively what to expect and do at each step. We reached an outcome with which I was extremely happy. Meg acted with a high degree of professionalism and experience, and conducted herself ethically. Meg was cost efficient by keeping the case moving. When a contentious issues arose, Meg calmed the situation rather than inflame it. Meg considered the cost of what could be gained by compromise versus the cost in litigation, and other fees of escalation. I was extremely happy with Meg’s representation and found her to be genuine and easy to talk with. I cannot overemphasize that Meg always put my interests first. Meg established and maintained a good working relationship with myself and the opposing attorney. She was a pleasure to work with, was very attentive, well prepared, forward looking, and provided me peace of mind. I will not hesitate to contact Meg with any future legal issues.
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Posted by Ken | December 6, 2021
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Reasonable Divorce Process
I recently completed my divorce process with Meg and she helped, what was a complex situation, us to be reasonable and practical in how to approach the process and get through it maintaining our sanity and achieving a fair outcome. There were difficult moments in the process but, Meg kept me looking at the final goal we were trying to achieve. Many thanks for her efforts.
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Posted by Meegan | August 13, 2021
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You want this lawyer-trust me!
From the moment I met Meg she struck me as kind, very knowledgeable, and willing to do anything to help me through my divorce. And she did. Including talking to me or emailing me even on her time off. She was consistently and constantly on my side and calmly but with force fought for me. Because of her excellent advice and her exemplary skills as an attorney I was able to avoid a costly court battle. I am forever grateful to Meg.
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Posted by Matthew | May 21, 2021
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10 out of 10
Margaret was kind and professional. She walked me through some difficult steps and did so without trying to charge as much as possible. I give Margaret Oliver the highest possible endorsement.
Posted by Andrea | April 9, 2021
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Family Attorney
I came to Attorney Margaret Oliver for help with a case that I have been dealing with for a long time. Attorney Margaret listened to me and showed much compassion for what I was going through. She was very thorough with explaining the law and she cared enough to make sure I truly understood how she was going to help me. Attorney Margaret is a great lawyer that truly cares and it shows through her professionalism and her knowledge. Attorney Margaret is a great lawyer to trust with your legal issues.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2020
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Excellent Counsel
Meg is not only a good attorney who is very knowledgeable in her areas of expertise, she is also a kind and caring counsel who absolutely has your best interests in mind. She is patient, and makes you feel that you can count on her to have your back. If you propose something that is not exactly the best approach, she will question it, and make sure you understand the implications and outcomes, before making any final decisions. She is also very responsive and quick to return calls/emails. She and her staff always conduct themselves efficiently and very professionally. They are detailed-oriented and very thorough. They are reliable, personable, and definitely not "stuffy." It will be a pleasure to work with her and her staff again. I highly recommend her as your attorney.
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Posted by Claudia | August 27, 2020
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THE BEST
Margaret Oliver is simply the best. I have a very difficult ex-husband, and have used her on several occasions for different issues concerning custody. She listens, is compassionate and very savvy. She will get you the results you are looking for! Divorce is very difficult, but having a qualified lawyer makes it bearable. I hired her based on reviews I had read online, so I hope this review helps someone hire the right lawyer, which is her! I highly recommend Ms. Meg!
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Posted by Leslie | July 6, 2020
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Superwoman
Meg Oliver is the best! She made my divorce journey bearable and helped me navigate unknown territory to reach a workable agreement.
Posted by Janet | March 13, 2020
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The best professional I could have been linked with
Dearest Meg, It is hard to believe we are at the point of signing the MSA and our meetings have largely come to an end. It has been a long road in so many ways, but I want you to know how much you have softened that road for me. Despite life's challenges, I have always found that the "right" people have been presented to me at the time I have needed them the most. You, Margaret Oliver, are a perfect example of this. You are absolutely the best professional I could have been linked with, and I knew it the moment I watched your video and even more so when I met you in person. You are smart, competent, compassionate, honest and caring, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for guiding me through my identify-changing, heart-breaking times. I am hopeful things will continue shifting for me and that the shifts will make me a better mother, friend, professional and person. With sincere respect, fondness and appreciation. --Janet
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Posted by Laurie | December 23, 2019
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More than professional
Meg took over for my original divorce attorney, who had a different vision from my own, in the middle of our divorce process. Prior to our first meeting, she had reviewed my file, and was well aware of the status of all facets of my divorce. As a result of her preparation, we were able to proceed and make progress immediately, rather than wait for her to catch up. I can’t tell you how much unnecessary stress and time she saved me-simply by doing her homework! Working with Meg is smooth and calm, and each step she took on my behalf was intentional and focused. We ended up establishing a great rapport, and I deeply appreciate her professional side. But more importantly, I learned that Meg is a person worthy of my trust and, ultimately, respect. I wholeheartedly recommend Meg in any capacity.
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Posted by Leslie | May 2, 2019
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I can not thank you enough!
The transfer of my mothers guardianship from DC was disrupted and mishandled by other lawyers and my first meeting with you I felt understood and respected. You did not disappoint at all. As a 75 year old woman I really appreciate being taken seriously. But I rarely feel respected.
Posted by Mimi | February 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I hired Meg to help me with my divorce. When I started, I had no idea what to do, what the process was, or what my options were. Meg patiently explained all of that and helped me decide best course of action. She didn't push me to do anything until I was ready and once I put things in motion she guided me each step of the way. She made sure I considered all aspects and items when we were dividing property and reminded me of things I hadn't considered. She made the process as straight forward and simple as possible. I was also impressed with how quickly she would respond to me and get me answers to my questions.
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Posted by Kathy | October 25, 2018
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Capable and Caring attorney
I hired Meg to handle my divorce. I found her to be exceedingly knowledgeable and professional. She responded to my wishes and concerns, and she provided guidance and advice when needed. What was truly exceptional for me was her understanding that divorce is an emotional time. In addition to providing her superior expertise, she gave encouragement, assurance and compassion through my most difficult moments. I would highly recommend Meg for guidance and support through divorce.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Margaret H. Oliver, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Minister of Music
  • St. Mary's Episcopal Church
  • 1992 - Present
  • Member
  • Hodes, Pessin & Katz, P.A.
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Assistant State's Attorney - Head of Juvenile Division
  • Office of the State Attorney - Baltimore County, Maryland
  • 1998 - 2001
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Boston University
  • Teaching Certification
  • 1981
  • Eastman School of Music - University of Rochester
  • Master of Music - Vocal Performance
  • 1978
  • College of Wooster
  • Bachelor of Music
  • 1977
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jackson v. Jackson
  • Court must consider social security payments when dividing retirement.
  • Mercado v. Mercado
  • Agreement reached with the use of the collaborative team.

Associations

  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • Vice President
  • 2017 - Present
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Howard County Collaborative Professionals, Inc.
  • President
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Maryland State Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association
  • President
  • 2011 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer - 5 year award
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Connie Sapp Award
  • Howard County Chapter of the Women's Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Maryland Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Heuisler Honor Society
  • Heuisler Honor Society
  • 1997
  • Magna cum Laude
  • University of Baltimore
  • 1997
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Publications

  • Women's Journal
  • What's Yours Is Mine and What's Mine Is Mine
  • 2010
  • Women's Journal
  • The Ripple Effect: Collaborative vs. Court
  • 2009
  • Women's Journal
  • POAs, Medical Directives and Wills, Oh My!
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Collaborative Training
  • Team Approach in Collaborative Divorce
  • 2011
  • Second Saturday
  • Separation and Divorce
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (16)
Endorse Margaret
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Meg for decades and she is always honest and diligent in her representation of clients. An excellent mediator and collaborative attorney!"
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Margaret is extremely passionate about her law practice and her clients. I trust that she will do everything she can to reach a positive resolution in the matters which she handles."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As a Baltimore divorce attorney, it is important to me to refer my clients to mediators who are knowledgeable about the issues that regularly arise in divorce and custody disputes and who have the personality to effectively deal with individuals whose emotions are high. I never hesitate to recommend Meg Oliver. She is a patient and gifted mediator, who strives for creative solutions to help parties resolve their disputes."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I recently had the opportunity work with Meg on a child custody modification after knowing Meg for many years, first during law school and, more recently, as an active member of the Howard County legal community. It was a pleasure to work with Meg, and I look forward to working with her again in the future."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Attorney Margaret Oliver for many years. She is truly an inspiration to know and work with. She sets the standard by which other attorneys should be measured. I highly recommend her to everyone needing serious, yet compassionate, representation."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Meg is a great family law collaborative attorney. She understands complex legal issues and is creative in problem solving. I recommend Meg to any person seeking a caring attorney who can help them find resolution. Meg is a strong advocate and I often refer separating clients to her for representation."
Family Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Margaret Oliver as a family law attorney and collaborative law practicioner. I consider her to be one of the top family law attorneys in Howard County. I have referred cases to her and would not hesitate to do so in the future. Margaret is knowlegeable, conscientious and truly puts the interests of her clients first."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Meg is a talented and charismatic leader in the collaborative practice community in Howard County. Where there is a training or a community outreach event to spread the message of collaborative practice, you will find Meg. If I needed a family lawyer, I would want someone as smart and dedicated as she."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Meg is a knowledgeable, hardworking, compassionate Attorney who I am honored to endorse. I was initially intrigued by the Collaborative practice and eventually obtained my training and certification to be a Collaborative Professional through a workshop in which Meg was an Instructor. Through her leadership and dedication to the cause, I found her to be an inspiring figure in the collaborative movement, someone who truly has a passion to serve."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a mediator who is also an attorney, I have the utmost respect for Meg. She brings both compassionate concern for her clients and deep competence to her role of attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Meg in a Collaborative case and have also served as opposing counsel in another. I have also had the opportunity to work with Meg on the board of Howard County Collaborative Professionals (HCCP). Meg is a superb attorney and committed Collaborative professional. Meg's integrity, intellect, and thoughtfulness make her someone I am privileged to endorse."
Family Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Meg is highly regarded by her peers, a diligent lawyer, a hard worker, and dedicated to helping those she serves. A decision to choose Meg as your lawyer is truly a wise and safe decision."
Family Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've am impressed with Meg's cool, calm, collected, quiet leadership abilities and her strong organizational and leadership skills."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Meg Oliver is highly competent, communicative and professional. She is involved in the community and decicated to providing quality service to her clients with the utmost level of integrity."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Meg possesses the ability to move parties toward a productive resolution of all manner of domestic legal issues from divorce to child custody. Whether a client is seeking a traditional litigation approach to their divorce or a divorce within the colaboritive model, Meg has the experience and knowledge of the law to achieve efficient positive results for her clients."
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Columbia Divorce and separation Lawyer Margaret Hackett Oliver
Margaret Hackett Oliver
Divorce and separation Attorney
Columbia, MD
Licensed for 26 years