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Mark Oakley

Mark Oakley

  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Family Law ...
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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Mark W. Oakley is an established litigation attorney concentrating on civil litigation, personal injury, construction law, and criminal and traffic defense. He also advises business clients, negotiates and drafts contracts, and handles a variety of litigation matters at all levels of the state and federal court systems. Mr. Oakley is trained and certified in the collaborative practice of law. Mr. Oakley is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1987), and the University of Maryland, College Park (B.A. 1984). He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Bar Association of Montgomery County. He is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Authored the winning brief in the case of 1986 Mercedes v. State of Maryland, a precedent-setting decision limiting the State’s power to forfeit private property.

University of Maryland - Baltimore
J.D. (1987) | Law
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University of Maryland - College Park
B.A. (1984) | English
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Professional Associations
District of Columbia Bar
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Maryland State Bar Association
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Bar Association of Montgomery County
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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    I handle personal injury claims on a contingent fee basis, meaning if there is no recovery, you do not owe me a legal fee.
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
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Q. Would this have any legal repercussions, as she would miss her obligation to receive the ankle monitor?
A: I agree with Mr. Kirk. This sounds like Pretrial services monitoring pending the criminal case. Have your friend’s lawyer call PTS and explain the circumstances so as to avoid a violation of pre-release conditions and revocation of bond.
Q. I let my brother live with my family 17 years ago when he separated from his wife and family, there was no rent.
A: You have no case. You jointly participated in the work that you now claim was defective, and which neither of you had any experience or business doing. Homeowner DIY jobs carry that risk: you don’t know enough to follow building codes. That is true even if you were not beyond the statutes of limitations and repose, both of which would bar your claims even if your brother was a third-party contractor you hired to do the job.
Q. Decedent lived in Florida. Only real property owned was in MD. No Will. Where do I open the estate?
A: Open the estate in Florida. You will need a certified triple seal copy of the proceeding and appointment as executor/personal representative. You then file a foreign personal representative petition to set inheritance tax (there won’t be any if spouse or lineal heirs like children will inherit) which is part of a foreign proceedings packet you obtain from the Register if Wills and file it in the county where the property is located. Or just hire a Maryland lawyer to do all this for you. The proceeding is a summary one, meaning other than the initial filing the proceedings are then closed and you can do whatever you need to do with the property (sell it, e.g., and then report the proceeds in the Florida estate proceedings for distribution to the heirs at law). Only the court appointed executor/PR of the estate can sell or transfer title to the property, and it can only happen after filing the foreign proceedings packet of forms. Opening an estate first in Florida is therefore a necessity.
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Rockville, MD 20850
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