About The Tim Barkley Law Offices

Since 1991, the Tim Barkley Law Offices have provided legal services to individuals, families and businesses throughout central Maryland and northern Virginia.  For nearly twenty of those years, Tim has served individuals, families and businesses in a small-town practice in Mount Airy, Maryland.

As an experienced and highly qualified Asset & Wealth Protection Attorney, Tim Barkley is able to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to clients, while always paying close attention to personal details.

To learn more about our coordinated menu of services or to set up your initial consultation with Tim Barkley, please contact our office today.

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July 1, 2015 |


By Timothy S. Barkley, Sr. July 2015. In July of 1995, a young lawyer looking for office space found a small office for rent in what is now the Long & Foster building on Ridgeville Boulevard, sharing a conference room with Mike Zimmer in what had been the offices of the late Chuck Carlton. The building housed the files of Mr. Carlton and the late Elizabeth Tripp. Moving from the first-floor office to a second-floor suite, thence to a suite over the Subway, the no-longer-young lawyer has found himself downtown, in a hundred-year-old building that was once known as Mr. Rilddlemoser’s Hall or the Potomac Edison Building. The building has housed a movie theatre...

June 3, 2015 |


By Timothy S. Barkley, Sr. June 2015. The vacation is all planned, tickets bought, pet sitters engaged, but … “Hon, did we ever sign that will?” “What will? The one you downloaded? No, because we could never figure out the thing for the kids’ money.” “Oh, yeah. Well, do you want to pull it up again?” “Are you kidding? After the argument we got into last time?” “Well, what about talking to a lawyer? There’s this guy the neighbors mentioned …” Before you board the plane, make sure you’re not leaving legal chaos behind. Your Will. Is your will up-to-date? Does it adequately provide for your assets and your loved ones? Was it drafted under...

May 6, 2015 |


By Timothy S. Barkley, Sr. May 2015. “But I heard that the nursing home took everything when you went in. That’s what happened to my grandmother – she went in and they told her she had to sell everything and give it to them.” The attorney nodded. “That was one arrangement. You gave everything to the nursing home and they agreed to take care of you for the rest of your life.” The husband chimed in, “and I heard that the state took everything!” “That’s a common misconception. Let’s clear the air. “A nursing home that takes care of you sends you a bill, just like any other creditor. If your care needs work, the...

April 1, 2015 |


By Timothy S. Barkley, Sr. April 2015. “Let’s talk about uncomplicating your estate plan. “When your plan was created in 2005, the federal estate tax exemption had just risen to $1.5 million. The Maryland estate tax exemption was $1.0 million. Do you have any idea what your estate value was in 2005?” The clients leaf through the papers behind the “PLAN SUMMARY” tab in their “ESTATE PLAN” notebook. “It says here, ‘your estate is valued at approximately $3.0 million.’ But that was before the stock market took a dive. We lost a little less than half of that, and we’re only just now starting to make it back.” The attorney nods sympathetically. “Heard that sad...

March 4, 2015 |


By Timothy S. Barkley, Sr. March 2015. First, the phone call: “Can you look over our wills and trusts? It’s been a few years, and we want somebody to make sure they’re up-to-date.” Certainly. Let’s get together. Next week? The meeting. “We had this done about ten years ago by a lawyer in Baltimore. I read your articles, and I keep hearing about changes in the tax laws. Can you look at this and tell us if we have to change anything?” The lawyer assents, hefts the proffered three-ring binder of estate papers, and begins to flip through. “Can you tell me about your estate – what’s your net worth? If we sold everything,...

February 6, 2015 |


By Timothy S. Barkley, Sr. February 2015. “I don’t want to go through what Mom went through.” Pause. “I don’t want to put my kids through what we went through when Mom died. “When Mom had her heart attack, the ambulance crew did CPR and tried to bring her back, then the ER doctors hooked her up to all kinds of machines. When we showed them the living will, they said they had to go over it, and it took days, almost a week, for them to decide that it was OK to turn off the machines. “I don’t want to be hooked up to machines, and I don’t want CPR. If I’m going,...

January 10, 2015 |


By Timothy S. Barkley, Sr. January 2015 You’re standing on a playing field, a ball in your hand, facing a crowd of burly guys running helter-skelter around the field. Some of them seem to be running at you. You weave and dodge. People are yelling and gesturing, and you heft the ball, then throw it where you think it ought to go. Big guys react instantly, violently, and some are thrown to the ground while others run. Spectators cheer, some jeer, and you shake your head, wondering what you just did. You wake up with a jump, frustrated that you keep having that stress dream from high school. You wish you knew what game...

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