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I am a 30 year veteran of the Maryland and District of Columbia court systems.
- Business Law
- Construction Law
- Insurance Defense
- Maritime Law
- Real Estate 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
144 Questions Answered
- Q. Where can I get a quiet title
- A: You obtain the relief you want by negotiation with others, resulting in a title document that gets recorded in the land records, or you go to court and obtain a judgment that can also be recorded in the land records. The term "quiet title" includes many things, much as the word "car" describes many different brands and models. The question you should ask your advisor is how to accomplish a specific thing, like proving ownership, or eliminating an easement, or fixing a boundary, or removing an improper lien.
- Q. My sister and I have Joint Tenancy and co-own a townhouse; How do we calculate her investment?
- A: Where expenses of ownership are not equally shared, there is a broad range of negotiation possible. First, you must make the calculations concrete. Gather the facts and documents. Your co-owner can review the data with a financial or legal advisor. Absent a negotiated agreement on the proceeds of sale, either of you have the option to sue for "partition," where the court orders a separation of ownership and a forced sale to a third-party. But that requires that you relinquish much control over your transaction. Above all, be patient, and you may keep the situation from becoming a court case, where the pandemic has severely limited the efficacy of our court system. This would retard your outcome.
- Q. I want to give a home that I own (no mortgage) to a friend. How do I do that? Are there any tax implications?
- A: Title transfers trigger many payment obligations, some of which are "taxes." When you make the transfer also determines what is due, and when. For instance, you can transfer now, you can make a conditional transfer (a life estate for you or others), or you can promise a transfer at a later date, or upon death. A fuller answer depends on what and when.
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