Barbour & Hangarter, P.A.

Helping individuals and businesses with legal issues for more than fifty years.

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Firm Overview

At the La Plata, Maryland law offices of Barbour & Hangarter, P.A., we represent clients throughout Maryland and in parts of northern Virginia who are struggling with family law, elder law, personal injury issues, and many other types of legal issues. These types of cases affect you in the present, and they can also have a substantial impact on you and your loved ones in the future. With more than 15 years of experience as a lawyer, Joseph Hangarter has the knowledge you want on your side as you deal with these difficult cases.

When you come to Barbour & Hangarter, P.A. for legal assistance, you receive the benefit of our:

Extensive experience - In addition to having practiced law for more than 15 years, Joseph Hangarter has finance and accounting degrees and worked as a CPA for three tax seasons. This range of experience gives our firm a unique perspective on the law, and we are able to provide specific knowledge for your case that other attorneys may not possess.

Respected professionalism and ethics - Joseph Hangarter is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for the professionalism and ethics he displays in pursuit of his clients' goals.

Personal service - As a sole practitioner, Attorney Hangarter is able to devote more individual time to each client than is typically possible at a larger firm.

A wide range of practice areas:
We are a general practice law firm, with concentration in the areas of:

Family law - If you are dealing with a case involving divorce, child custody, adoption or any other aspect of family law, we can help you get the results that benefit you and your loved ones. We also offer divorce mediation services.

Elder law - Our elder law services include handling estate planning, nursing home law matters, Medicaid issues and powers of attorney for older clients and their families.

Personal injury - If you are the victim of a personal injury due to someone else's negligence or a defective product, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Main Office

Main Office
5875 Crain Highway, Suite 101, P.O. BOX 1098
La Plata  MD  20646-1098

Phone
  • (301) 392-9400
Fax
  • (301) 392-9430

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

In personal injury, criminal and traffic cases.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Fixed fees can be quoted for most criminal and traffic matters. Consultations in family law cases are generally $100.00 for an approximately one hour consultation.

Hourly Rates

$300.00 per hour for legal services. $250.00 per hour for mediation services.

Office Information

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

Office Manager

Linda

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Child Custody
We protect your parental rights to raise your children in an appropriate and supportive home.
Full-service family law firm in La Plata
Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption or experiencing the frustrations of marital conflict, Barbour & Hangarter, P.A. can help. We have served families in Maryland and Northern Virginia for more than a decade. We provide legal services in all areas of family law, including:

-Adoption
-Alimony
-Child custody and visitation
-Child support
-Child support modification and enforcement
-Divorce
-Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
-Mediation
-Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
-Preparation of retirement orders
Divorce
Barbour & Hangarter, P.A. will represent your Divorce legal matters.
Through mediation or litigation, we can help you gain the most equitable results from your divorce, including fair distribution of assets, division of the marital home, child support payments and child custody rights.
Family
Full-service family law firm in La Plata
Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption or experiencing the frustrations of marital conflict, Barbour & Hangarter, P.A. can help.

Adoption
We assist families with all aspects of international and domestic adoptions. We also handle the legalities of your adoption so that you can concentrate on your new family member.

Alimony
Divorce should not lead to financial crises. We help you establish an equitable amount of spousal support.

Child custody and visitation
We protect your parental rights to raise your children in an appropriate and supportive home.

Child support
At Barbour & Hangarter, P.A., we can help ensure that you receive or pay an equitable amount of the financial support required to raise your children in a healthy, happy environment.

Child support modification and enforcement
Child support payments do not change unless the court modifies the child support order. If either the custodial or the noncustodial parent experiences a significant change in circumstances, we can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.

Divorce
Through mediation or litigation, we can help you gain the most equitable results from your divorce, including fair distribution of assets, division of the marital home, child support payments and child custody rights.

Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
We are skilled at maneuvering through the complex laws of Maryland to protect your parental rights from the interference of government authorities.

Mediation
Mediation puts the decisions in your hands, and can often provide more expedient, predictable results than a trial. We can help you obtain the most equitable divorce settlement.

Pre-and post-nuptial agreements
At Barbour & Hangarter, P.A., we expect the unexpected and draft premarital agreements that protect both spouses' interests and that can alleviate some of the stress should you ever divorce.

Preparation of retirement orders
After the divorce case is complete, retirement division orders must be prepared, filed and served on the administrators of the retirement plans that are to be divided.

Joseph C. Hangarter

ISLN
912502203

University:
University of Maryland (B.S., Finance, 1989; B.S., Accounting, 1991)

Law School:
George Washington University, J.D., with honors, 1996

Admitted:
-1996, Maryland;
-1997, Virginia and U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

Memberships:
Charles County Bar Association (Treasurer, 2002; Secretary, 2003; Vice President, 2004; President, 2005; Treasurer, ADR Committee, 2005-Present)
Maryland State Bar Associations
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association

Birthplace:
Washington, D.C.

Biography:
Certified Public Accountant, 1993 (Awarded Elijah Watt Sells Certificate with High Distinction for one of the top approximately 100 scores nationwide on the CPA exam out of over 40,000 applicants taking all four parts of the exam.) -- presently on inactive status
Education
  • George Washington University
    Juris Doctorate, with honors , 1996
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