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At Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell, we offer you the benefit of our years of experience in the broad realm of legal matters. Please visit our Staff Page to learn about our attorneys and their areas of concentration.
We understand how sensitive and serious these areas can be, and we are ready to help you, no matter what your condition, or how bad you think things are.
Family Law is the name given to the branch of civil law that a family lawyer or a family attorney covers, including the legal relationships among family members. This includes husbands, wives, parents, children, and domestic partners.
At Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell, your family law attorney concentrates in the family law relationships which encompass adoption, child custody, visitation rights, domestic violence, divorce, juvenile dependency and delinquency, marital property rights, support obligations, and paternity.
Child custody refers to custodial awards or determinations involving a minor child. These determinations involve who has the right to make decisions about the child, or legal custody, including decisions about education, religion, medical issues, and discipline, as well as where the child will live, or physical custody.
With “sole custody,” you alone have legal and physical custody of your child. In a “joint custody” arrangement, you and your ex-spouse share legal and/or physical child custody.
If you and your spouse cannot agree on a child custody arrangement, the court will likely make a child custody decision based on the “best interests of your child.”
At Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell, we regularly help our clients with custody and visitation issues, acting as our clients’ strongest advocates for their rights.
Domestic violence law and the term “domestic violence” usually refers to crimes involving domestic abuse, such as child abuse and child neglect, spousal abuse or domestic-partner abuse, and elder abuse.
Domestic abuse isn’t just physical; it also covers the threats, emotional abuse, harassment, and stalking that a spouse, partner, or date uses to control someone else’s behavior. The abuse can be directed against anyone: children, former partners, roommates, and parents, but it is most typically directed against women.
Domestic violence is a crime — but, in addition to cooperating with the prosecution of criminal charges, the victim of domestic violence can file civil charges. That’s why you need a domestic violence lawyer, attorney or a child abuse lawyer in these most difficult situations, and we urge you to call us at at Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell, so we can help you!
At Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell, our attorneys represent homeowners, home buyers, home sellers, landlords and landowners in a variety of transactions and disputes involving residential property — including home purchases, foreclosures, neighbor disputes, landlord-tenant actions, and much more.
If you have any questions or needs in the area of real estate, landlord-tenant disputes or homeownership, we urge you to contact us today!
At Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell, our attorneys advise clients on their options for disposition of real and personal property after death, and create any number of necessary documents pertaining to the client’s estate and finances — including wills and trusts.
Our attorneys also assist clients in setting out their end-of-life health care wishes through advanced medical directives and health care powers of attorney.
A will is an instrument that declares in writing (and conforming with our laws) how your property and affairs will be distributed and handled after your death. From our point of view, having a will is one of the most important parts of being a responsible member of society and part of your family. Our attorneys work with our clients to craft a proper will, that allows property to be transferred quickly while avoiding many federal and state tax burdens. Our attorneys explain estate distribution options to our clients and carefully draft a will that adheres to the requirements of Maryland law.
We also handle probate and estate administration — these are the court-based processes through which a deceased person’s property is distributed after death. The process oversees the accumulation of the deceased’s assets, the payment of the decedent’s debts from assets of the estate, and the distribution of remaining assets according to the decedent’s will or estate plan. As you can see, this process is a necessary facet of wills and estates and your Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell attorneys can help you and your family through all parts of it.
If you are unable to work because of a long-term disability, you may be eligible to receive Social Security – Disability benefits. The amount of benefits to which you are entitled under any Social Security program (except SSI — Supplemental Security Income) is not related to need, but is based on the income you have earned through years of working (through jobs and self-employment). Social Security keeps a record of these earnings over your working lifetime, and pays benefits based on the average amount earned.
At the federal level, the Social Security Administration determines eligibility for disability benefits, processes claims, and administers the benefits program. The process, however, can be intricate and difficult, which is why the help of an experienced Social Security – Disability attorney from Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell can help guide you through the claims process, and resolve any problems that arise with SSDI claims and benefits.
Our attorneys advise and represent parties to residential lease agreements (both tenants and landlords) on legal issues such as rental housing discrimination, property safety and repairs, security deposits, and tenant eviction (sometimes called “unlawful detainer” actions).
If you have faced with problems related to a landlord-tenant situation, we urge you to call us at once. We look forward to meeting you and helping you resolve the issue in your favor!