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Thomas C. ValkenetIn the courts of Maryland and D.C.
- Business Law, Construction Law, Insurance Defense ...
- District of Columbia, Maryland
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I am a 30 year veteran of the Maryland and District of Columbia court systems.
- Business Law
- Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
- Construction Law
- Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
- Insurance Defense
- Maritime Law
- Real Estate Law
- Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Additional Practice Area
- General Civil
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- University of Baltimore School of Law
- J.D. | Law
- Saint Anselm College
- B.A. | Political Science
- Maryland Professionalism Center, Inc.
- Instructor, Civil Litigation
- Activities: Newly admitted lawyers in Maryland must attend a course on Professionalism and ethics. Thomas is an instructor on civility and professionalism in civil litigation.
Articles & Publications
- Bow-riding, a reckless practice and already illegal in Maryland.
- Linkedin- Thomas C. Valkenet
- Trial Reporter, "The Limited Appearance in Maryland Civil Litigation"
- The Maryland Association for Justice
Websites & Blogs
- Young & Valkenet Law Library
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197 Questions Answered
- Q. How can my ex husband take over the condo we bought during marriage? We are now divorced and he wants the condo now.
- A: If you wish to remove your name from the underlying note, he must refinance. Period. "Taking over" often means he promises to make your payments, without changing the terms of the note and deed of trust. That must means you remain exposed when he misses a payment.
- Q. Unpermitted work
- A: You can't get a full and complete answer on this free platform because any lawyer will have to review the documents. I assume you are referring to the standard MAR and perhaps GCAAR forms. In our litigation practice, I have considered the failure to disclose unpermitted work to be both a violation of one or more main clauses, as well as a latency that should be disclosed. Some argue that the presence of a County permitting file means it is not a latency-- you or your agent could have pulled the permit file during the inspection period. The real question is whether you are still within an inspection period, where you might ask for price adjustment to reflect possible remedial work to obtain a permit.
- Q. I own a house with my ex and I’m still on the deed not the loan. I want to be bought out can I legal do that?
- A: Two co-owners may negotiate a buy-out. This pre-supposes that one is willing to sell. Does your divorce decree or settlement agreement describe the timing or mechanism for disposition of this asset? If not, you are left to file a lawsuit for partition if ex does not agree. The law doesn't force you to be an unwilling business partner. For lack of agreement, the court can appoint a trustee to take control of the asset, sell the asset, and deposit the net proceeds with the court. Often, the mere threat of such a cumbersome lawsuit prompts the parties to negotiate a more reasonable outcome.
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