Elisabeth (Beth) A. Hare
Ms. Hare has taken on the role of office manager, working with each paralegal to keep their departments organized and running efficiently. She currently oversees the paralegal’s work in our Bankruptcy, Estates and Trusts, Deeds, Guardianships, Collections, Corporate Transactions and Digital Document Scanning and Retrieval Departments in our office. She also works on community involvement, marketing, and advertising for Dolina Hobbs.
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Ms. Hare’s primary focus is the bankruptcy department and working under Chester Hobbs to file Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies for our clients. She also meets with clients and explains the bankruptcy process in a manner that keeps each client at ease, as the process may be overwhelming. She walks clients through the process of filling out the schedules on the petition and gathering the supporting documents. While most bankruptcies are straightforward, Ms. Hare also has experience in assisting with complex bankruptcies and making sure they are filed in accordance with the United States Bankruptcy Code. She works through the means test to determine which chapter of Bankruptcy a client would be eligible to file. She has worked to file Chapter 13 emergency petitions to save the homes of our clients facing an imminent foreclosure. Ms. Hare works closely with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service to assist low-income clients who apply and qualify for MVLS services.
Victoria J. Blair
Ms. Blair works with Ms. Hare in the bankruptcy department, aiding clients throughout the process. This includes requesting documents from clients and assisting with the preparation of the bankruptcy petition before it is filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court. She provides clients with necessary information regarding their bankruptcy, including hearing dates and document deadlines.
With the expansion of the firm, Ms. Blair also works alongside the attorneys to administer Trusts, Charitable Remainder Unitrusts (CRUTs), and Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs). This includes handling financial matters, such as working with accountants during the tax season and making distributions to beneficiaries.
Ms. Blair also assists in drafting deeds for clients’ estate plans and administering small estates through the Register of Wills office in Maryland. Her attention to detail and hard work make her a great asset to the firm.
Danielle I. Ford
Ms. Ford started as a Document Archival/Retrieval Specialist, but with the expansion of the firm, she has taken on additional tasks and works with estate planning and corporate clients. Her cheerful voice will greet you when you call or visit our office.
While working with estate planning clients, Ms. Ford assists in drafting Advance Medical Directives, Financial Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills that best suit each clients’ wishes and needs. She also assists clients in reviewing their estate planning documents, as well as having them properly executed. While it may be a daunting task for clients, it is also vital to have an estate plan in place before an unseen event occurs.
In corporate transactions, Ms. Ford aids clients through a variety of business matters, including drafting and filing business documents on their behalf, such as Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Operating Agreements, and Stockholder Agreements. Ms. Ford also works closely with the attorneys to create documents that a corporation or business needs to provide better services to their customers and employees. In additional to helping with business start-up and continuation, Ms. Ford also works with clients to wind up business affairs, should the client wish to dissolve their business.
Ashley M. Hertrich
Ms. Hertrich’s primary focus is Guardianships and Estate Administration. She assists the attorneys in all aspects of Guardianships for a Person or Property. She carefully drafts petitions to the Court and manages the accounting for the Guardianship. This includes maintaining accounts and paying any bills from those accounts. She also helps the attorneys with any medical and/or health needs that may arise, so that the client is properly cared for.
Although it may be a difficult time for many clients, Ms. Hertrich assists with the tasks that are a vital part of the estate administration process. She works closely with each client to open the estate, guiding them through the final stages in order to close the estate. The most important task of administering the estate is handling the complex financial matters, which includes reviewing any financial portfolios to close out all open accounts for the estate, contacting companies to resolve unpaid debts, working with accountants for estate taxes, and making distributions to the beneficiaries. Ms. Hertrich is thorough, persistent, and able to finish estates very quickly. Her knowledge and willingness to do anything makes her an important part of our team.
Lorraine Brooks is a Paralegal concentrating in workers’ compensation claims. She began her legal career in 1994 and has over 20 years of experience in workers’ compensation claims, personal injury claims, civil litigation, and corporate transactions. She holds an Associates of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies from Harford Community College. She brings great passion and a deep concern for her clients.
Reema Sood joined Bodie, Dolina, Hobbs, Friddell & Grenzer in August 2013 as a Legal Assistant. In 2014, she began work as a Paralegal covering personal injury, employment matters, and corporate litigation. Ms. Sood does a great job of finding solutions to problems. She is a graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County and started law school at University of Maryland Carey School of Law in 2015. Ms. Sood now serves as a Law Clerk while attending school in the evening.