Columbia Legal Issues Blog

Bankruptcy can provide a new beginning

Contrary to the view of some that bankruptcy is a sign of failure, it can actually provide a solution to a difficult problem. Bankruptcy can provide an opportunity for a new beginning in Maryland and a clean slate from which to rebuild a solid financial future. What leads a person to bankruptcy

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What to do if a California officer asks you to exit your vehicle

Summer is in full swing, and you’ve been enjoying some down time, perhaps attending a concert or two, going to the beach, or getting together with friends for a backyard barbecue. These types of activities often include alcohol consumption, which isn’t necessarily a problem but might be if you drink

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Motor vehicle accidents increase on holiday weekends

Holiday weekends come with stories of parades, fireworks and family get-togethers. They also come with news of traffic fatalities. Holiday traffic often leads to an increased number of motor vehicle accidents and deaths on Maryland highways. The recent holiday weekend proved no exception. A wrong-way accident on the inner loop of the

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Chapter 7 bankruptcies sometimes caused by student loan debt

The issue of student loan debt is one that has been a frequent topic of conversation in the media in recent weeks and months. The amount of outstanding student loan debt in 2019 is believed to be about $1.5 trillion. A large amount of that debt is held by millennials.

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Bankruptcy can come to a farmer’s aid

Agriculture is a vital industry in Maryland and across the United States. It is an industry that is greatly reliant on weather and good or bad weather can make or break a farmer’s year. Debt is a reality in most people’s lives and as long as it is managed does

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Motor vehicle accidents are all too frequent on beltway

Nice weather has arrived, and people in Maryland are riding motorcycles that had been stored for the winter. It is widely believed that defensive driving is a best practice in heavy traffic situations. Tragically, defensive driving is not always enough to prevent fatal motor vehicle accidents. It is no secret that

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Have you lost control of your debt?

If you are like many Marylanders, you do not carry cash. Why should you when you can use more convenient forms of paying for your purchases, such as bank cards or credit cards? However, being part of a cashless society often means losing track of the amount of money you

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Motor vehicle accidents remain a threat on congested highways

It is no secret that traffic on Maryland highways continues to increase. The increase in traffic can cause delays, which can cause drivers to become frustrated and impatient. This in turn can lead to motor vehicle accidents. One such accident resulted in the death of an older gentleman from Westminster. The

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DUI roadside tests are not legally required in Maryland

When  a police officer makes a traffic stop, he or she may claim that the driver was clocked traveling above a posted speed limit or that the vehicle has a brake light that does not appear to be functioning properly. In many cases, however, the reason for a Maryland traffic

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You don’t have to put up with harassment from creditors

Like other Maryland residents before you, your financial situation appears to be in a downward spiral. No matter how much you cut corners, your efforts to address your overwhelming debt on your own does not yield results. Making the situation worse are the constant phone calls and other contact, demanding

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