This page links to articles that give concise answers to common legal questions.

Some of the questions and answers deal with accidents and injuries, the types of cases we handle at the Santa Maria Law Center. However, I also answer other legal questions that would be of interest to consumers in general.

This page will grow regularly, so be sure to check back often.

Accidents & Injuries

Top 10 Reasons I Might Be The Right Maryland Accident And Injury Lawyer For Your Case

What Are The 4 Most Important Things To Do At The Scene Of My Maryland Car Accident?

Who Is The Top Car Accident Lawyer In Maryland?

What Is A Deposition?

Should You Have A Lawyer For Your Maryland Car Accident Case?

Can Social Media Be Used Against Me In An Insurance Claim?

When A Vehicle Hits A Pedestrian, Who Is At Fault?

What Laws Apply To Maryland Bicyclists Riding On Roadways?

What Laws Govern Motorists’ Interactions With Bicycles?

When Should You Begin To Negotiate A Settlement Of Your Injury Claim?

Do You Have To Be Permanently Disabled To Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

Can The Fact That I Was Not Wearing A Seat Belt Be Used Against Me In My Car Accident Injury Claim?

Cars & Driving

Top 10 Reasons I Might Be The Right Maryland Accident And Injury Lawyer For Your Case

How Do I Beat A Speeding Ticket In Maryland?

If I Get A Ticket In Another State, Will It Show Up On My Home State Driving Record?

What Determines The Price of My Car Insurance?

How Can I Save Money On My Car Insurance?

Do I Have 3 Days To Cancel A Contract To Buy A Car?

When A Vehicle Hits A Pedestrian, Who Is At Fault?

Courts & Trials

What Exactly Is Hearsay?

What Is A Deposition?

What Are Some Of The Funniest Things Lawyers Have Said In Court?

Can Lawyers Lie In Court?

Criminal Law

Do You Have A Right To Flip Off A Cop?

Constitutional Law

Do You Have A Right To Flip Off A Cop?

What Exactly Does The Constitution Say About Freedom Of Religion?

Why Don’t Luggage Searches At The Airport Violate The Constitution?

Employment


Can My Employer Require Me To Take A Lie Detector Test?

Can My Employer Require Me To Take A Drug Test?

Miscellaneous

Is A “You Break It, You Bought It” Sign Enforceable?

Can I Change My Name To Anything I Want?

What Is A Deposition?

What Are The Real Facts Of The McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case?

How Do I Stop Telemarketing Calls?

How Do I Block Junk Mail?

Is Private Drone Use Legal In The United States?

Who Is Responsible For Bed Bugs?

In Maryland, What Is The Difference Between Libel And Slander?

Is It Legal To Record A Conversation Or Phone Call?

What Exactly Does The Constitution Say About Freedom Of Religion?

Is It True That You Can Abandon An Infant At A Hospital Or Police Station Without Penalty?

Is Public Breastfeeding Legal?

What Is Net Neutrality And Why Should I Care About It?

What Is A Common Law Marriage?

Do Children Of Illegal Immigrants Automatically Become U.S. Citizens?

Your Money

Do I Have To Pay Charges Made With My Lost Or Stolen Credit Card?

Can You Explain Social Security Retirement Benefits?

How Do I Stop Telemarketing Calls?

Is A Store Required To Accept A Return If I Have A Receipt?

Do I Have 3 Days To Cancel A Contract To Buy A Car?

What Happens If You Die Without A Will?

Can Businesses Refuse To Accept Cash?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Reverse Mortgages?

Neighbors


What Can I Do If My Neighbor’s Tree Hangs Over My Property?


My Neighbor’s Tree Fell Into My Yard And Damaged My Car. Who Pays?

Who Is Responsible For Bed Bugs?

Small Business

Are Email Disclaimers Binding?

I Am Starting A Small Business. What Ownership Structure Should I Choose?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Doing Business As A Corporation?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Doing Business As A Sole Proprietorship?


Pros And Cons Of Doing Business As A Partnership


What Are The Pros And Cons Of Doing Business As An S Corporation?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Doing Business As An LLC?

**These questions and answers are designed to provide helpful information that can be read quickly. They are neither a full explanation of the subject nor legal advice. To learn more, and to receive legal advice on which you can rely, contact me or another lawyer.