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Samantha P. Rodier

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Samantha Protokowicz Rodier, Esq.

Education:

  • Harford Day School, 1994
  • Garrison Forest School, 1998
  • Tulane University, B.A., Cum Laude, 2001

Law School:

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2005

Admitted:

  • Maryland & U.S. District Court, District of  Maryland, 2005

Member:

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Harford County Bar Assoication
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • Harford County Chapter of the WBA
  • Baltimore-Carroll Chapter of the WBA
  • Harford County Family Law Advisory Committee
  • MSBA Family Law Section Counsel

Biography:

  • Judicial Law Clerk: Hon. William O. Carr, Administrative Judge, Circuit Court of Harford County, 2005-2006
  • Baltimore-Area Tulane University Alumni Club (Co-President, 2006-2013)
  • University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law
  • Journal (Business Editor, 2004-2005)
  • Garrison Forest School Alumnae Board, 2009 to Present
  • Board of Trustees, Harford Day School, 2010 to 2013
  • MSBA Family Law Section Counsel, Member (2016-2017, 2017-2020)
  • Harford County Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of Maryland, President ('17-'19), Vice President ('15-'16)
  • Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy, Past Fellow (''15-'16)
  • Maryland Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member

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January 3, 2020

Domestic violence is a traumatizing experience and many victims struggle with intense feelings of confliction when living with an abuser whom they love. Making the decision to separate or get divorced is difficult for any couple, but when the fear of imminent physical harm or even death is present, it can feel suffocating. There are…

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Estate Planning as a Small Business Owner

December 11, 2019

Estate planning can be complex and time-consuming, but knowing that your property will be handled in accordance with your wishes after your death can bring peace of mind. An estate can include a home, car and other belongings, but many individuals do not know it can also include a small business. Here, the Harford County…

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December 3, 2019

Divorce and separation can be difficult and emotional experiences even when the decision to part ways is civil. The divorce process is challenging in itself, which is why understanding the legal terms that go with it can alleviate confusion and frustration among parties. Here, the team of Harford County divorce attorneys at Rodier Family Law…

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Will Remarriage Impact Child Custody?

November 1, 2019

It is a common concern among divorced parents that remarrying will impact their child custody rights. It is important to understand that, in most cases, a new relationship should not have a direct effect on your ability to properly parent and maintain custody of your child or children, with few exceptions. Here, the Bel Air…

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Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Spouses

November 1, 2019

Divorce is a stressful event that complicates almost every aspect of life—maintaining civil relationships with your ex-spouse, managing financial shifts and handling post-divorce day-to-day responsibilities become muddled even further when childcare is involved. Here, the team of Maryland family law attorneys at Rodier Family Law offer some tried-and-true co-parenting tips for divorced spouses to ensure…

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Should I Create an Estate Plan If I Have No Children?

September 30, 2019

Just because you do not have children does not mean that you should skip creating a proper estate plan. In fact, there are several important reasons why you should create a comprehensive estate plan so that your property, assets and even medical wishes can be handled the way you want. Here, the estate planning attorneys…

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How Are Retirement Accounts Divided During Divorce?

September 30, 2019

Dividing assets during a divorce can be stressful for both parties, especially when it involves retirement funds. Here, the Harford County divorce attorneys at Rodier Family Law discuss how 401(k) plans and other defined-contribution retirement plans can be divided during a divorce. What are Different Types of Retirement Accounts? Both 401(k) plans and IRA plans…

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How Does Life Insurance Affect Your Estate Planning?

September 30, 2019

Estate planning is a difficult yet necessary part of life; while it revolves around an uncomfortable subject, it is important to provide a plan for asset distribution in order to take care of your loved ones, valuables and remaining debts after you die. In addition to knowing the ins-and-outs of estate planning, it is also…

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Everything to Know About Postnuptial Agreements

September 29, 2019

While you may be familiar with the intricacies of prenuptial agreements, many individuals are unaware of the importance of postnuptial agreements and what they mean for couples going through a divorce. Here, the Bel Air divorce lawyers at Rodier Family Law provide an overview of postnuptial agreements as well as the differences and similarities between…

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