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Thomas C Valkenet

Thomas Valkenet’s Legal Guides

30 total

  • Maryland now allows you to hire lawyers for limited engagements in civil litigation!

    Effective July 1, 2015 the Maryland court rules change to permit the hiring of counsel to represent you on a limited basis. That means you can hire a lawyer for one event in a case, without paying a

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  • How to beat a bank for a quarter million bucks.

    Maryland’s law of equitable subrogation is fairly settled. Where a lender has advanced money for the purpose of discharging a prior lien, and the disbursement is in reliance upon the lender receiving

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

    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

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

    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!

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  • Maryland discovery practice - unanswered interrogatories and a motion to compel

    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...

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  • Need help picking your Maryland lawyer?

    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!

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

    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...

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  • Proving lost profits in a busted economy

    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...

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

    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...

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  • Three points about a speed camera ticket in Maryland.

    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.

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