Maryland Divorce Legal Crier

”Fairly new attorney although in her 30’s. Used to be a  paralegal and decided to become a lawyer. Teaches paralegal classes at the community college.” Holt proclaimed to me. “She’ll learn. She just needs some seasoning.” “You deduced that from the phone call?” I asked. “No, I Googled her.” Holt started flipping through the case […]

I caught up with Holt at his office at 221B Billiard Street, where his secretary, Ms. Hobson said he was expecting me. The office was well-appointed in a traditional style with leather, brass and mahogany accoutrements. There were Jade treasures from the Orient hidden among the books behind the glass and wood of his bookcase. […]

Inspired by characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle *   *  * Sterling Holt is hands down the best divorce lawyer in town. My name is James Wright. I have the happy task of chronicling Holt’s cases for a program broadcast by the local radio station. The day started in the Easy Café where all the […]

Is Your Lawyer a Psychopath?

Experts say that psychopaths comprise about one percent of the general population. Studies have shown, however, that a higher percentage of psychopaths are attracted to certain professions. For example, about ten percent of chief operating officers are psychopaths (no wonder you didn’t get along with that boss). Now, Kevin Dutton, a psychologist at Oxford, has […]

Discovery Sanctions in Custody Case

The father filed to modify custody of two children.  He sent interrogatories and document requests to the mother under the Discovery Rules of the Court. Discovery Rules Discovery is a process in which you can ask questions and request documents from the other side. The purpose of discovery is to avoid surprises at trial and […]

liquidated damages in a divorce

“Simplify.  Simplify.”  — Henry David Thoreau Divorce negotiations can feel like Whack-A-Mole. There are so many issues. And they are interconnected so if you change one the others change. For example, if alimony goes up, child support goes down. One tool I have in my divorce toolbox is liquidated damages. That means reducing disputes to […]

It is not a compliment to say a lawyer has a “sharp practice.” It does not mean that he is the sharpest pencil in the drawer or that he is well-dressed. I first heard that term when I clerked for the public defender during my final year of law school. I asked the public defender […]

You don't have to have contempt for the other in a divorce

As I watch the President refusing to shake the Speaker’s hand, and the Speaker tearing up the President’s State of the Union address, they remind me of my divorce clients who have nothing but contempt for their soon-to-be-ex’s. When I was in the army, there was a saying. Respect the uniform even if you don’t […]