St. Mary's County, Maryland was founded in 1637 and is one of three Maryland counties that make up the Southern Maryland region. It is the southern most Maryland County on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. As of 2010, St. Mary's County had a population of just over 105,000 people. The county's seat is in Leonardtown and the bulk of the County makes up the St. Mary's Peninsula, bounded by the Chesapeake Bay, the Patuxent River, the Potomac River, and the Wicomico River.
Other than the County Government and County schools, the largest employer in St. Mary's County is the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River. St. Mary's County is also home to several historically significant sites including St. Mary's City, Piney Point lighthouse, Point Lookout State Park, Sotterley Plantation, Tudor Hall, and Cecil's Old Mill.
For the 12 month period ending March, 2013, there were just over 23,000 bankruptcy filings in Maryland. Of those filings, about 268 were filed out of St. Mary's County, or roughly 1%. The total for Maryland represents a roughly 7% decrease from the year before. The vast majority of filings out of St. Mary's County are Chapter 7 filings. While financial times may be getting better, St. Mary's County's proximity to government/military employment makes its residents extremely susceptible to the impact of government spending cuts and sequestration.
This financial reality makes it hard for people to feel like things are getting better and they may not be. Skeen and Kauffman LLP is proud to serve the residents of St. Mary's County through our Southern Maryland office location in Great Mills, Maryland including the cities and towns of Lexington Park, Leonardtown, California, Charlotte Hall, Golden Beach, Dameron, Hollywood, Loveville, Mechanicsville, Ridge, and Tall Timbers.