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Maryland Wrongful Death Claims - Maryland Injury Lawyers Blog

Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Jun 09, 2011 in Car Accidents

A new law goes into effect on 10/1/11 in the State of Maryland that will alleviate one of the major headaches that lawyers handling Maryland wrongful death and Maryland survival claims have had to deal with. the new law changes Estates & Trusts Section 7-604 of the Maryland Code so that lawyers will not have to obtain Court Approval from the Maryland Orphans Court (or, in some counties, the Register of Wills) for contingent fees in Maryland personal injury cases resulting in death, Maryland car accident cases resulting in death and Maryland medical malpractice cases resulting in death. The new law simply requires that the attorney fee agreement needs to be filed with the Register of Wills and that the attorney handling the Maryland contingency fee matter file with each estate a statement that the scope of representation did not include administering the estate in Maryland.

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