Areas of Practice

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Our Areas of Practice

We offer many specialized areas of practice complemented by decades experience and relationship building in the Frederick Community. Please contact us with any questions about how we may serve you.

  

Business Organization and Planning

Solid businesses are created from the ground up. Good planning can help businesses avoid headaches and disputes later, saving time and money. We offer a wide range of business services to limited liability companies, corporations, and partnerships including contract development, buy/sell agreements, operating agreements, and corporate governance.

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Commercial and Civil Litigation

There are times when litigation is the only available avenue to remedy a dispute between the parties. In these cases our firm can provide the effective representation needed to protect your interests. Some examples of issues that Holtzinger Weaver, PA have litigated on behalf of their clients include contract disputes; real property disputes; construction disputes; personal injury claims; employment disputes; attorney, accountant, consultant and professional negligence disputes; commercial liability disputes; and commercial landlord and tenant disputes.

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Commercial Transactions

Our attorneys offer their experience and knowledge to clients with regard to the negotiaton and documentation of commercial transactions, including the drafting of legal documents, advising clients as to the appropriate structure for the transaction and as to their rights and potential liabilities related to the particular transaction.

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Construction Law

As with business planning, construction law is first a pro-active practice of planning, negotiation, and well-defined relationships accomplished with sound, informed advice. Our firm offers residential, commercial, and government construction consultation on contracting and disputes. We use our wealth of experience and knowledge of the building industry to represent homeowners, contractors, developers, land owners, and government agencies. Our experience with construction projects from the planning, design, and permitting stage through completion of the construction provides a unique insight and advantage for the clients we represent.

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Employment Law

We represent employers in carefully mapping out their relationships with their employees. We provide consultation in drafting employment manuals, employment agreements containing confidentiality and non-compete provisions. We also provide consultation on hiring, promotion, discipline and termination of employees. We also represent employees in a wide range of claims including race, gender, pregnancy, age discrimination and perceived diasbility claims obtaining six-figure settlements for our clients.

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Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

When a dispute arises, mediation and alternative resolution should be explored before embarking on expensive litigation. Our attorneys are designated mediators for the Circuit Court of Frederick County, the Circuit Court of Howard County, Circuit Court of Washington County, and the Association of Realtors, and have served as arbitrators for a variety of disputes.

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Municipal Law/ Local Government

Weaver & Fitzpatrick, P.A. has experience representing clients before local government administrative political bodies. We have experience specific to the greater Frederick area that distinguishes us from other local firms. We can help with land use and development, local zoning laws, municipal contracts, municipal ordinances and resolutions, infrastructure issues, drafting, interpreting and enforcing municipal codes and ordinances, litigating land use and appeal of administrative agency decisions.

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Real Estate Law

We offer real estate services including consultation and overview of sales and refinance agreements. Additionally, we represent and advise sellers, buyers, lenders, and borrowers in a wide variety of matters including the drafting of contracts, leases, financing agreements, title examination, easements and covenants, and the resolution of title defects. Our firm also handles negotiating and drafting of easement and right of way agreements, resolution and litigating of boundary line disputes and quiet title actions.  We work with Excalibur Title & Escrow, LLC, a Maryland title company, which provides title insurance and closing services for our clients.

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Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Estate planning and taxes is an area of practice that requires both diligence and sensitivity. We offer consult and supervision of drafting, planning, and execution in the estate management process including durable power of attorney, living wills, traditional wills, and trusts. We also handle estate litigation before the Orphan's Court and Circuit Court.

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Zoning and Land Development

Our firm represents land owners and developers in navigating the complex landscape of municipal and local laws. We can help with site plans and subdivisions, construction plans, rezoning, comprehensive planning, zoning text amendments, annexation, special exceptions and variances, permitting, easements and right of way agreements, environmental issues, forest resource ordinance compliance, and adequate public facilities ordinance compliance.

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Divorce and Child Custody

A divorce, or dispute over the custody and visitation of children, is one of life's most traumatic and difficult challenges.  We understand the uncertainty and fear that our clients are facing in such situations.  We will explain the law that governs your case in terms you can understand, identify the options that are available to you, consult with you to formulate a strategy, and represent you throughout the legal process.  Our client and their children's best interests are our paramount concern.  We have over a decade of experience in representing clients in divorce matters and child custody and will help you to find solutions to all of the issues you are facing including legal grounds for absolute divorce, limited divorce, asset division, use and possession of family home, protective orders, division of retirement accounts and pensions, qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs), military retired pay division orders (MRPDO), child support, alimony, and separation agreements.  Mr. Fitzpatrick also serves as a child's best interests attorney and child advocate appointed by the Circuit Court for Frederick County, Maryland and has been appointed to represent children in contested custody matters for many years.