Thomas C. Valkenet

Thomas C. Valkenet

In the courts of Maryland and D.C.
  • Business Law, Construction Law, Insurance Defense ...
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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I am a 30 year veteran of the Maryland and District of Columbia court systems.

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Insurance Defense
    Maritime Law
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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U.S. Supreme Court
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University of Baltimore School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Saint Anselm College
B.A. | Political Science
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Professional Associations
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.
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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
Legal Answers
189 Questions Answered
Q. I have squatters living next door for a year. Their waste water is entering my basement. How can I remove them?
A: Actually a common issue in the City. In past cases, we have sued the owner (in your case, the estate or heirs of the property) for nuisance and injunctive relief. You can also press the City Solicitor's office and Dept. of Housing to press regulatory claims against the owner, or to initiate a receivership that will force a sale of the property. As you are finding, the burden of owning property is great. None of these options are quick, or inexpensive.
Q. I have a sales contract for my house. I wrote the contract with the Disclosure for an as-is sale. Buyer rejects
A: Did you treat the contract as "ratified," even with the missing items? Contracts grow and change, from the initial submission to the final document. Missing addenda and signatures may mean items were not agreed upon, or that simple mistakes were made. Your question doesn't allow for any more specific answer than that, unless and until a lawyer reads all the documents and interviews you about the transaction. If you are using the standard MAR forms, there is a mandatory mediation provision, where such disputes must be brought before either side runs to court.
Q. I lent a sculpture to a friend about ten years ago and it was on her front lawn all that time. She recently sold the
A: Your question is two layered: First, was this a loan? Or, did you gift the item to your friend? And what were the terms of such loan? Second, did the home sale include chattel items in the list of personal property to convey with the sale? The direct approach often works- ask for return of the item. But be prepared for a flat "no." You might then enlist your friend to invoke the mediation provisions of the MAR contract, spurring some negotiation on the matter. The new owner may even offer to sell the item back. So, ask yourself "what's it worth?"
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600 Wyndhurst Avenue
Suite 230
Baltimore, MD 21210
Telephone: (410) 323-0900
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