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New Administrative Judge Appointed in Third Judicial Circuit

We at Law Office of Jason Ostendorf would like to congratulate Judge Yolanda L. Curtin on her recent appointment as Circuit Administrative Judge for the Third Judicial Circuit by Chief Justice Matthew J. Fader. Judge Curtin’s appointment, which began on June 19, 2023, includes the circuit courts for Baltimore and Harford Counties. Her dedication and commitment to serving our community …
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A Comprehensive Guide to Grounds for an Absolute Divorce in Maryland

Update: As of October 1, 2023, the law regarding the grounds for an absolute divorce in Maryland has changed. This article reflects the law prior to that date. If you are reading this after October 1, 2023, you may want to refer to our new article which discusses the updated law in detail. Divorce can be a complex and emotionally …
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Understanding Separation Agreements in Maryland

When navigating through the complexities of divorce, a well-crafted separation agreement, also known as a Marital Settlement Agreement, can make the process less contentious and more predictable. In this article, we delve into the intricate aspects of separation agreements under Maryland law and discuss why involving a competent Maryland divorce lawyer in the process can be invaluable. What is a …
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Seven Methods of Constitutional Interpretation: An Appellate Lawyer’s Guide

Interpreting Supreme Court decisions can feel akin to opening a box of chocolates, full of surprise and intrigue. Despite this complexity, the justices adhere to distinct methods of interpretation when deciphering the U.S. Constitution. Let’s delve into these methods to better understand the underlying framework that shapes these consequential decisions. As an appellate lawyer, a fundamental part of your work …
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Unmasking the Supreme Court: The Imperative of Strict Constructionism

The interpretation of the United States Constitution often falls into two dominant philosophies: strict constructionism and the living document approach. In a nutshell, strict constructionism demands a literal and narrow interpretation of the Constitution, adhering closely to the text as it was originally written. On the other hand, the living document approach champions the idea that the Constitution must adapt …
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Key Factors to Consider When Choosing an Appellate Lawyer

Selecting the right appellate lawyer to handle your appeal can significantly impact the course and outcome of your case. Unlike trial lawyers, appellate lawyers focus on the legal arguments and writing necessary to persuade judges rather than juries. This specialty necessitates unique skills and qualities. Here are some essential factors to consider when choosing your appellate lawyer. Specializes in Appellate …
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The Impact of Parental Alienation on Child Custody Decisions in Maryland: An In-Depth Look

Parental alienation, a complex and often misunderstood phenomenon, can have a significant impact on child custody decisions. This post provides an in-depth look at the concept of parental alienation, its effects on children, and how it is viewed in the eyes of Maryland law when determining custody. Understanding Parental Alienation Parental alienation refers to the process where a child becomes …
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Evolving Definition of Family and Its Constitutional Implications: How LGBTQ Rights Have Shaped Family Law

The concept of family has evolved significantly over time, driven in part by societal changes and advancements in LGBTQ+ rights. The legal landscape surrounding family law has also shifted, with constitutional principles and landmark Supreme Court decisions playing a crucial role in shaping our understanding of what constitutes a family. In this article, we will explore the evolution of the …
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Important Client Advisory:

Due to our high demand and dedication to existing clients, we are accepting new cases for court representation only in appeals within Maryland's appellate courts. For all other legal matters, although we are not entering appearances or attending court hearings, our team is available to offer robust legal consulting services including:

  • Legal Document Preparation: Drafting documents for clients to sign and file, ensuring compliance and precision.
  • Strategic Legal Advice: Offering guidance via phone or email to navigate complex legal challenges.
  • Court Argument Scripts: Crafting detailed scripts for effective opening and closing arguments.

For court appearances in non-appellate matters, we recommend engaging local counsel to ensure the best possible representation and support.