Cary B. Hall

Cary B. Hall

Law Offices of Cary B. Hall, L.L.C.
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  • 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 la

Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Business Law
  • Collections
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Juvenile Law
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Law
  • Traffic Tickets
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Personal injury or other tort claims only.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Judicial Law Clerk
Baltimore County Circuit Court
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Clerk for the Honorable Lawrence R. Daniels
Education
University of Miami School of Law
J.D. (1995) | Law
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Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Research Techniques
Activities: Articles and Comments Editor, University of Miami Business Law Journal
Columbia University
B.A. (1992) | Philosophy
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Honors: Dean's List
Activities: Coxswain, Men's Heavyweight Crew/Rowing Team; Undergraduate Dormitory Council
Awards
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
Member
- Current
Montgomery Bar Association
- Current
Publications
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
Website
Law Offices of Cary B. Hall, L.L.C. - Official
Legal Answers
211 Questions Answered

Q. I'm a massage therapist and I've been accused of indecent assault by 2 coworkers. Will I automatically lose my license?
A: The Pennsylvania Code indicates that "[a] massage therapist whose conduct constitutes a sexual violation or sexual abuse is subject to immediate temporary suspension . . ." -- but it's unclear if that occurs as soon as a complaint is made (and to whom? police, and/or the State Board of Massage Therapy?) or once a conviction occurs. Generally, look here for more information: http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/MassageTherapy/Pages/default.aspx. Losing your massage therapy license is obviously of great concern, but losing your freedom and/or being placed on a Megan's Law list of sexual offenders for years is arguably worse. You NEED to contact a good criminal defense attorney immediately to begin damage control and to formulate a game plan going forward with these accusations. My office is in Norristown. If you'd like to discuss your situation, I'd be happy to talk to you offsite. My contact information is contained in my profile here on Justia. Best of luck to you.
Q. With only a verbal custody agreement is my Ex allowed to move my son?
A: If you do nothing, you will ultimately be unable to cry "foul" on the move! I believe you should file an action with the court now to establish a *written* custody order so that any major modifications (like a geographical move) can go through the courts. He said/she said can get very tangled very easily, and it's in everyone's best interests to literally be on the same page of a custody order so that everyone knows exactly what's happening and when. I see that you're posing your question from NYC, but in the Pennsylvania law forum here. The correct jurisdiction for filing a custody action would be in the state where the child has continuously resided for the last six (6) months. If that place is in southeastern PA, I'd be happy to speak to you further about your situation offsite. My contact information is listed in my profile here on Justia. Best of luck to you.
Q. I am seeking divorce from a woman who is not a US citizen & we haven't been together in almost 20 yrs.
A: Then you should hire a family law attorney to discuss your situation and how best to get the result you want. I do practice in Berks County, so if you'd like to discuss your situation in further detail, please review my profile on here and contact me offsite. Best of luck to you.
Q. I had punched this girl in the face Tht was 16 maybe even 17 I am 23 n she pressed charges on whn I go to court am
A: No idea - and I just answered a *very* similar question on here. Sounds like it should be a probation case, but you never know and it depends what you're charged with. Aggravated assault is a felony; simple assault is a misdemeanor. Two very different animals, and the punishments for each differ greatly as well. If you're in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, feel free to contact me offsite to further discuss your case. You need to talk to a good criminal defense attorney ASAP to minimize the criminal impact to you. Best of luck to you.
Q. I had punched a minor am I’m 23 n she was like 16 17 and she pressed charges will I get locked up this is my 1st charge
A: No idea. Sounds like a probation case, but you never know and it depends what you're charged with. Aggravated assault is a felony; simple assault is a misdemeanor. Two very different animals, and the punishments for each differ greatly as well. If you're in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, feel free to contact me offsite to further discuss your case. You need to talk to a good criminal defense attorney ASAP to minimize the criminal impact to you. Best of luck to you.
Q. me and my wife are going to file for divorce and she once half of the settlement that im still going through.
A: Since your injury occurred during your marriage -- and any right to sue about it "accrued" at that time -- any proceeds from personal injury settlements and/or worker's compensation payments *would* be considered marital property. That means she can claim part of it. If you two can't agree how to split the money, the issue will be referred to an equitable distribution master or a judge to decide how to divide it. If you'd like to further discuss your situation offsite, fee free to contact me offsite -- I do practice in Berks County. Best of luck to you.
Q. I have 50-50 with my ex- I planned a vacation with kids she agreed to and now is saying no- can she do this?
A: It depends on what your custody agreement says. Presumably there's *no* language in it that allows one parent to outright "veto" the vacation of the other. There may be language that requires one parent to give the other some kind of notice of the vacation, including dates, location, contact information, etc. There may be a requirement that such notice be given a certain number of days in advance of the vacation. But I've never seen a custody agreement that gives one parent the ability to simply nix the other parent's vacation with the kids "just because." If I'm right about your custody agreement (and I'm basing my comments on Pennsylvania law only), then your ex cannot prevent you from going on vacation with the kids. If she disagrees, I'm sure she'll file something with the court and you'll have to hash it out there. Best of luck to you.
Q. can a joint spousal checking account in PA be frozen if only one person owes the debt?
A: It really shouldn't be. Property owned by a husband and wife is a special kind of ownership in Pennsylvania known as a tenancy-by-the-entireties. This includes money held in a joint checking account in the names of both husband and wife. A creditor of just one spouse cannot seize property owned by both spouses held in tenancies-by-the entireties. So the answer is no -- that joint checking account shouldn't be frozen. And if it is, you would have this defense to release any attachment of the account. Best of luck to you.
Q. I have 50/50 custody but im working out of state and the mother went and filed for full custody but I'm in Maryland
A: It depends in which state the custody order was entered - perhaps. In light of the 50/50 custody split, your custody order may also state which court will have jurisdiction for future modifications if you and the child's mother live in different states. Honestly, it's unclear from your question where everyone is right now (you, your child, and your child's mother). Regardless, you should file an opposition to the petition to modify custody to preserve your rights, and perhaps you can raise a jurisdictional objection at that time as well. You really need to consult with a good family law attorney in the state where the petition to modify was filed. If that state is Pennsylvania, feel free to contact me offsite to supply some more details and further discuss your situation. Best of luck to you.
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Norristown, PA 19401
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Fax: (215) 525-4364