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Cary B. Hall

Cary B. Hall

Law Offices of Cary B. Hall, L.L.C.
  • Criminal Law, Family Law, Divorce...
  • Pennsylvania
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My practice focuses on civil, criminal and family law litigation with over 20 years of tested experience throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and Maryland. I have successfully tried civil and criminal jury trials, contested family law hearings, administrative proceedings and appeals. My passion is assisting individuals and small businesses with their legal issues.

Many moons ago, I earned an Ivy League degree in philosophy from Columbia University, and then my law degree from the University of Miami. While in law school, I was involved in graduate student government and was a contributing author and editor of the University of Miami Business Law Journal.

I began my legal career as a judicial law clerk in Towson, Maryland, and first established my own law practice there at the age of 26. I moved to Pennsylvania in 2000, and revived my solo practice after working for a few years with local law firms. These early efforts were rewarded by being named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Star” in 2005 and 2006 by the publishers of Philadelphia magazine. Since then, and based upon my law firm experiences, I have found that I can best serve my clients one-on-one as a solo attorney.

I also serve as an arbitrator in civil court cases, and have been court-appointed as defense counsel in state criminal prosecutions. In addition to my solo law practice, I additionally serve as a Special Assistant Public Defender in Magisterial District Courts throughout Montgomery County. I’m a contributing author (and have even been editor-in-chief) to the Montgomery Bar Association’s Civil Practice Manual, the definitive legal manual for practicing law in Montgomery County.

Currently, I am privileged to be a trusted advisor and knight-in-shining-armor to satisfied clients throughout the country. I pride myself on providing personalized and affordable legal service to my clients and I even return phone calls, something that doesn’t always happen with larger law firms.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • DUI & DWI
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Collections
  • Construction Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Estate Planning
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Juvenile Law
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Personal injury or other tort claims only.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Solo Attorney and Knight-in-Shining Armor
Law Offices of Cary B. Hall, L.L.C.
- Current
Law Firms in Towson, MD and King of Prussia, PA
Judicial Law Clerk
Baltimore County Circuit Court
Clerk for the Honorable Lawrence R. Daniels
University of Miami School of Law
J.D. (1995) | Law
Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Research Techniques
Activities: Articles and Comments Editor, University of Miami Business Law Journal
Columbia University
B.A. (1992) | Philosophy
Honors: Dean's List
Activities: Coxswain, Men's Heavyweight Crew/Rowing Team; Undergraduate Dormitory Council
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer - Rising Star
Law and Politics/Philadelphia magazine
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer - Rising Star
Law and Politics/Philadelphia magazine
Professional Associations
State Bar of Pennsylvania # 85747
- Current
Montgomery Bar Association
- Current
Speaking Engagements
How to Conduct a Successful Client Intake Interview, Montgomery Bar Association
Montgomery Bar Association
Speaker/instructor concerning initial client interviews in criminal defense cases.
Websites & Blogs
Law Offices of Cary B. Hall, L.L.C. - Official
Legal Answers
633 Questions Answered

Q. As a single mom of 2 who has the kids 98% of the time, do I have any legal right to tell their father he cant go too far
A: It depends on the content of your custody order which determines the custody boundaries for both of you. If the custody order limits his travel with the children, then you can direct him to that language and request that he abide by the court order -- and if he doesn't, you can file a petition for contempt against him to enforce the custody order. If the court order is silent on the issue, however, he can basically do what he wants on his time with the kids so long as it's not contrary to their best interests. If you think such traveling is somehow detrimental to them (and, hey, travel is usually a GOOD thing for children), then you can file a petition to modify your custody order to add travel limitations. Best of luck to you.
Q. with physical and legal custody of my son. Can I withhold him from mother on her day for visitation?
A: Whatever the court orders says, that's what you have to do. If it says she gets some time with your son on a Tuesday, then that's what needs to happen. Failing to abide by the court order sets you up for an imminent contempt proceeding, and you don't want that. If, however, the court order has vague language like "Mother shall have partial visitation with the child as the parties may agree," then you have a lot more discretion about which days visitation will occur -- and a lot more control about switching things around week to week. Best of luck to you.
Q. Why did I get 2 suspensions? Am I still eligible for ILL?
A: Yes, it sounds like you have two suspensions - and PennDOT runs them consecutively, not concurrently (meaning 1 year + 2 months = 14 months suspension for you). Best way to confirm is to get your Restoration Rights Letter online at You can always get this 24/7 online, and you should check it every so often as a checklist for what you still have to accomplish to restore your driver's license in full. I believe you're still eligible for an ILL. If in doubt, and the Restoration Rights Letter doesn't clear it up, contact PennDOT directly to inquire. It's a nightmare dealing with them, but they're the only game in town, unfortunately. Best of luck to you.
Q. I want to leave my husband and need to file for custody of our 6year old. How long after I file does it take effect.
A: A custody filing itself doesn't grant you custody of your child -- rather, an order of court does. Your custody filing asks the court to grant you such an order, but you have to go through the custody hearing process first. That varies from county to county in Pennsylvania (and I'm relying on Pennsylvania law here, even though you're asking your question from New York). If your husband contests your request for custody, it could take many months to finally resolve -- although the court would likely enter at least a temporary order, especially if you two can agree on custody terms. If you two are already in agreement on how custody will work, you could likely expect an agreed order to be entered at your first hearing, which is probably less than two months after the date of your custody filing. I suggest sitting down with a good family law attorney who practices law in the county in which you'll be filing for custody. You'll get your best answers to specific questions that way. Best of luck to you.
Q. If a house is owned by 3 brothers and only 2 want to sell, is there a legal right for force the 1 brother to sell?
A: Yes. The two brothers that want to sell the property can file an action in court requesting a "sale in lieu of partition." That asks the court to order a sale -- and the court will ultimately do it. This forces the lone hold-out to either buy out his two brothers' interest in the property or lose it to another buyer. Best of luck to you.
Q. Can i recant my statement to the police?
A: You can, but you might be threatened with (and prosecuted for) making a false statement under oath. Not good. The better bet is for you to inform the police -- and the DA's Office, if it gets to that -- that you do not wish to prosecute. They'll know they have an uncooperative witness and may agree to withdraw charges against your husband. By the way, this is what happens when the police are called: it's taken out of your hands immediately. Remember that the next time you dial 911. Best of luck to you both.
Q. Can I, as a 3rd party, file for custody of my niece while she in in custody of CYS? We are currently fostering. In PA.
A: I don't see why not. You would have standing to file for custody under current PA law, and obviously already have the blessing of CYS since the child has been placed with you. Realistically, however, you already have de facto custody, but filing now for a more long-term determination is probably a good idea. Best of luck to you.
Q. Why would a simple assault charge also show up as a felony for a first time offender? What happens next?
A: He was probably charged under a fairly new statute called "Strangulation," which is a second-degree felony -- and it's just as serious as it sounds. Your husband needs good legal representation, and right now, so that you both can nip this case in the bud before it progresses any further. I do a lot of these types of cases. If you'd like to talk, contact me ASAP via the information on my Justia profile. Best of luck to you both.
Q. If parent 1 signs away parental rights and parent 2 dies, does parent 1 still have rights to a minor child if not adopte
A: No. Once the parental rights are signed away and terminated by a court, Parent 1 has as much "right" to the child as I do.
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Law Offices of Cary B. Hall, L.L.C.
25 W. Airy St., Suite 300
Norristown, PA 19401
Telephone: (267) 663-9995
Fax: (215) 525-4364