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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Summary

I am a 30 year veteran of the Maryland and District of Columbia court systems.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Maritime Law
  • Real Estate Law
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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Maryland
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Education
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
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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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Publications
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
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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600 Wyndhurst Avenue
Suite 230
Baltimore, MD 21210
Telephone: (410) 323-0900
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