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Jac E. Knust

Jac E. Knust

Bringing You Court-less Divorces and Mediated Settlements Out of Court
  • Divorce, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI ...
  • Maryland
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Jac E. Knust began his law practice in 1972 and practices primarily in the Central Maryland Metropolitan area. He has engaged in a general law practice for 50 years, with emphasis on family law, divorce, separation and property settlement agreements, elder law, estate planning, wills, probate, trusts, powers of attorney, health care advance directives, criminal matters, real estate, landlord/tenant, business planning, corporations, LLCs, and partnerships. He is a former Assistant State's Attorney for Howard County, a former Assistant Public Defender for Howard County. From 2014 to 2018 Jac E. Knust served as a Special Magistrate for the Circuit Court for Howard County, MD. His personal hobbies and interests include farming, restoring old structures and vehicles, off roading, beach activities, and reading. Jac E. Knust is a trained mediator and has mediated family law and civil disputes since 1994. He emphasize out of court solutions to legal disputes. Jac E. Knust is trained in the collaborative law process, which uses mental health coaches and financial professionals who help the parties reach an amicable non-adversarial solution to problems, with special sensitivity to the impact of divorce on children and spouses.

Practice Areas
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
Elder Law
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Agricultural Law
  • Free Consultation
    We offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation, except with the purchase of online forms where personal lawyer contact is not included.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Cash, Personal and Business Checks, Money Orders
  • Contingent Fees
    Accepted based upon type and complexity of case
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Most accepted cases are done on an hourly basis with a retainer deposited against future legal work and costs. We also offer fixed fees on many cases once we have evaluated your legal matter.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Special Magistrate
Circuit Court for Howard County, MD
- Current
Special Magistrate for the Circuit Court of Howard County, MD
Assistant Public Defender
Public Defender's Office for Howard County
I defended all types of cases from misdemeanors involving assaults, domestic violence, theft, DUI/DWI, robbery, rape,manslaughter, and murder.
Assistant State's Attorney
Howard County State's Attorney's Office
I prosecuted all cases in the District Court of Maryland for Howard County.
Catonsville Community College
Certificate of Accounting | Accounting
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University of Baltimore School of Law
J.D. | Law
Honors: Heuisler Honor Society
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University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
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Clemson University
B.S. | Industrial Management
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Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame
Friends School of Baltimore
Awarded to athletes who have accomplished outstanding performance
Heuisler Honor Society Recipient-1973
Heuisler Honor Society
Award for exceptional academic performance. I graduated 8th in a class of 274 law students
Rank of Eagle Scout
Boy Scouts of America
Professional Associations
Howard County Women's Bar Association
- Current
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Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore
- Current
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Maryland Collaborative Practice Council
Board Member and former president
- Current
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Howard County Collaborative Professionals
- Current
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Howard County Bar Association
- Current
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Maryland State Bar Association
- Current
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Howard County Collaborative Professionals
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District of Columbia Bar
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Howard County Collaborative Professionals
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Speaking Engagements
Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore, Technology and Collaborative Practice, Baltimore, MD
Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore
Certified Mediator
Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
9 Questions Answered
Q. I was hit in a car accident. Lawyer says I can only get $30K bcuz that was other driver’s policy. Is this true?
A: If you have uninsured or under insured motorist coverage you may be able to recover more money from your own insurance company. Don’t rule out filing suit against the person there may be some assets that you were not aware of. A judgment can always be used as a means for garnishing a paycheck etc. Also if he was working for someone else at the time the employer may have a policy that would offer some coverage.
Q. I am currently separated from my spouse and want it file for an absolute divorce. I fall under Maryland law.
A: If you and your spouse can. Enter into a written agreement that resolves all issues regarding spousal support. And property. You can get a divorce right away. Either one of you can file and as soon as you can get in front of a judge You can get divorced.
Q. I filed divorce from my husband. Im the breadwinner. He does work. Can I move out with my 3 yr old (same state).
A: Yes. However, the big question for you to answer is ” Is this the best thing for our son?” consider hiring a mediator to resolve all issues and avoid court delays, contentious feelings, an potentially high lawyer fees.
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Contact & Map
The Collaborative Law Group
5513 Twin Knolls Road
Suite 220
Columbia, MD 21045
Telephone: (410) 465-8900