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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
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
Solo Attorney and Knight-in-Shining Armor
Law Offices of Cary B. Hall, L.L.C.
- Current
Attorney
Law Firms in Towson, MD and King of Prussia, PA
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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
600 Questions Answered

Q. I'm 14 & he's 15. he posted a video of us having sex on Instagram. it's being sent around.. what charges can I press?
A: Contact your local police, and tell them you want to file charges under Title 18, § 6321 ("Transmission of sexually explicit images by minor") and § 3131 ("Unlawful dissemination of intimate image"). Under section 6321, the cops could also take his phone or computer (whichever was used to disseminate the video) and he'd never get it back. Best of luck to you. Hard lesson learned here too -- don't forget it.
Q. Can your support order go down if the payee gets a new job and makes more money? Does she have to notify a change in $
A: Yes to your first question, and no to your second question. If you think there's been an increase in her income, YOU should file a petition to modify your support payment. Best of luck to you. If you need some assistance in filing, feel free to contact me offsite -- my office is Norristown.
Q. Can I adopt my fiancés daughter in the state of Pa? And how hard will it be to do so? Any advice on how to get started?
A: Yes -- but you'll have to file a petition to involuntarily terminate birth mother's parental rights at the same time. If birth mother hasn't had any contact at all with the child within the past 6 months, your fiance will have grounds to terminate birth mother's parental rights. Contact your county's Orphans' Court section -- they may have sample forms for filing both a petition to terminate and for adoption. Best of luck to you.
Q. Can my ex come back for my dog after a year?
A: Probably not. Pets are considered property under Pennsylvania law, just like a table, lamp, etc. If you've paid for the upkeep of the pet for the past year, a court will likely let you keep the pet. If she comes for the pet, you can politely decline her request. At that point, she'll have to sue you in court for the return of the pet -- and if she's already established another life in SC, it's fairly unlikely that she'll go to such lengths at this point. Best of luck to you.
Q. If I don’t have the fathers information for emergency custody in the state of PA how do I fill out the paperwork ?
A: Yes. And you'll need to do some investigation to find the father's location so that he can get a copy of everything you file. Last known address may be sufficient, but you'll need to convince the court that you've done your best to locate him. So get started, and best of luck to you.
Q. Not given any ticket at stop or paper for court despite a summons with charges for plates and pos. can it be thrown out?
A: Likely not - no requirement that you be issued a ticket at the traffic stop. A summons can be sent to you by mail, and that's permissible as long as it's filed with the court within 30 days of the offense.
Q. I was charged with prowling and loitering at night and public drunkeness. I tried commiting suicide that night.
A: Probably, depending on your prior criminal record. Have your attorney (and get a public defender if you can't afford a private attorney) talk things over with the cops, and maybe that charge can get tossed at the initial magisterial district court level. Get something on the letterhead of your current treatment facility which details what happened to you that night ASAP, and give it to your attorney. Best of luck to you. And stick around: life is worth living. :)
Q. How do I handle custody if we are separated and he is in another state?
A: Initially, who has the child now? Wherever the child has resided for the past 6 months, THAT'S the state that has jurisdiction over child custody matters. If your daughter is with you in Pennsylvania, but it hasn't been 6 months here yet, but the child WAS previously in your former state for at least a 6 month period prior to your move, then your former state has jurisdiction. If your daughter is with you in Pennsylvania and you haven't been here for at least 6 months yet, I suggest waiting until at least 6 months have passed and then you can litigate any child custody issues here in Pennsylvania. That's much more convenient for YOU. Now, when parents live in different states, custody can take on various forms depending on the age of the child and the distance between the parents (as well as other factors). If two different states -- but you each are just over the state line, like only 15 minutes away from each other -- then the interstate reality doesn't much affect the ability of the noncustodial parent to see the child. If the child is not of school-age yet, then it's also much easier to have a longer visitation period for the noncustodial parent because weekly school attendance isn't yet an issue. The upshot, however, is that you should sit down with an experienced family law attorney and discuss your situation. All custody cases are extremely fact-sensitive, and no two situations are alike. Talk to someone, and then hire them -- it will be worth it in both the short- and long-term for both you and your daughter. Best of luck to you.
Q. My husband is being summoned for a child support order for his 17 year old from an ex-girlfriend. Can I attend also?
A: They'll probably ask you to wait outside the hearing room, but you can certainly otherwise come with him to offer moral support. If it's a hearing in an open courtroom, however, any interested citizen can attend such proceedings and observe -- including you. Best of luck to him.
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Law Offices of Cary B. Hall, L.L.C.
25 W. Airy St., Suite 300
Norristown, PA 19401
USA
Telephone: (267) 663-9995
Fax: (215) 525-4364