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The Purpose of an Irrevocable Trust

An irrevocable trust is a trust that cannot be modified or terminated without the beneficiary's permission. This type of trust is generally used for tax purposes. In establishing an irrevocable trust the grantor, the person making the trust, transfers ownership of assets to the trust and can no longer be taxed on those assets.

Are You Planning on Creating an Irrevocable Trust?

Establishing an irrevocable trust is a significant undertaking and you will benefit from consulting a Baltimore trust lawyer. The lawyer can assess your situation and advise you if an irrevocable trust is in your best interest. The lawyer can write the trust's provisions and ensure the trust conforms to your state's applicable law.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation

  • Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
  • Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney's experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
  • Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
  • Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in Baltimore, MD

Circuit Court for Baltimore City

100 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 333-3722

District Court of Maryland

5800 Wabash Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 878-8000 

Eastside District Court

1400 E North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21213
Phone: (410) 878-8500