Ellicott City Family Lawyer
As the largest unincorporated county seat in the country, Ellicott City is home to more than 65,000 men, women and children living together in a community whose founding predates the establishment of the United States of America. As one of the oldest and largest family law firm in Howard County, Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C., is proud to share in this rich heritage and serve the people of Ellicott City for all of their family law needs. Our firm is about more than representing individuals in divorce or child custody proceedings; we are with you when considering adoption or guardianship options. We’re there for you if you or your children are threatened with domestic violence. And we’re here to make sure you and your family are taken care of throughout your lifetime and beyond, from drafting practical yet powerful prenuptial and postnuptial agreements to creating wills, powers of attorney and living wills for the most important and sensitive end-of-life decisions. Let us protect your family and you and help you reach your goals. Call Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C., for advice and representation in all your Ellicott City family law needs.
Will, Power of Attorney & Living Will
Each of these documents plays a vital role for you and your family. The will provides for the distribution of your estate to your loved ones according to your wishes. The power of attorney gives a person you know and trust the ability to pay your bills, talk to your doctors, and manage your financial and legal affairs when you cannot. The living will gives explicit directions to the medical community on the types of measures you do or do not want taken to resuscitate you or prolong your life. Don’t leave your family members wondering what to do or fighting among themselves at a time when they should be pulling together and supporting each other. Do yourself and your family a favor by taking the time now to create these essential legal instruments.
Ellicott City Adoption & Guardianship
A lot can happen that renders a child’s biological parents unable to continue providing adequate care – death, incarceration, mental health disability, drug addiction, active military duty, illness, etc. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, or close family friends might be willing to step in and take on a loving and supportive role, but they may be at sea about how best to go about it. Our Ellicott City adoption and guardianship lawyers provide practical advice, technical assistance and professional representation through the proper legal proceeding that best suits the child’s needs, including adoption and guardianship under Maryland law.
Domestic Violence Actions in Ellicott City
Sadly, violence and abuse are often perpetrated by the people with whom we are most intimately connected. But violence or the threat of harm should never have to be tolerated, no matter how close the relationship. Maryland law provides for protective orders to put an immediate stop to abuse or threats and keep abusers from having any contact with the people they are likely to hurt. Court orders can force an abuser to relinquish firearms while awarding the victim with temporary possession of the home, custody of the children and pets, and financial support as needed. Our Ellicott City domestic violence attorneys can help you get a protective order in place while pursuing permanent options for your long-term safety, including divorce and relocation with the children if warranted.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Some people worry that asking for a prenuptial agreement sets the wrong tone for an upcoming marriage, but the opposite is true. Executing a prenuptial agreement gives the couple an opportunity to put aside any doubts or insecurity they may have about embarking on a new life with someone and possibly becoming responsible for their debts or left without support should the marriage end prematurely in death or divorce. For individuals who have been through a rough divorce in the past, have children from a previous marriage they want to protect, own a business they can’t afford to put at risk, or simply want to start this new chapter in their life with security and peace of mind, a prenuptial agreement can provide those assurances. Our Ellicott City family law attorneys provide sound advice and technical expertise in the negotiation, drafting or review of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that will be valid and enforceable under Maryland law, should they ever be needed.
Get the Help You Need With Family Law Matters in Ellicott City & Howard County
For high-quality legal help with any Maryland family law matters in Ellicott City, call Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C., at 410-997-0203, or contact us online to reach out to a team of dedicated and experienced Ellicott City family lawyers.