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Not So True To Form - AIA Recent Updates


Just last year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its update to its contract documents library. Given that the AIA only updates the contract ...

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The ABLE Act: A New Tool for Special Needs Planning


Imagine growing up with a disability in a world where you are forced to rely on government benefits to pay for your care and, to ...

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TIME TO COMPLY - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act


Effective February 11, 2018, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act went into effect. The Act requires that all employers provide sick and safe leave to ...

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Building and Protecting a Brand - The Legal Side


In 2017, two significant US trademark registration cases were decided against the United States government and in favor of the people.  However, for most companies ...

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How The New Tax Act May Affect Your Business


The much-discussed federal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” includes many changes that may affect businesses of all sizes. The Conference Report transmitting the new law ...

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Prospective Impact of the Federal Estate and Gift Tax Changes in Maryland


Well, there goes Congress!  Just when we thought it was safe to prepare estate plans based on a stable estate-planning environment, Congress has changed the ...

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On January 12, 2018, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto of House Bill 1, the “Maryland Healthy Working Families Act ...

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2017 Maryland Community Association Law Legislative Update


The 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly saw the introduction of almost 100 bills, the passage of which will impact Maryland community associations.  Below ...

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The New Law on Suspension of Privileges


On June 23, 2017, the Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State of Maryland, issued an opinion in Elvaton Towne Condominium Regime II ...

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Maryland Mandatory Minimum Wage Increase Effective July 1, 2017


On July 1, 2017, the Maryland state minimum wage will increase to $9.25 per hour.  The current minimum "Tip Wage" in Maryland is frozen ...

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"Secret Trusts" Sometimes A Necessity; Now A Possibility


The 2017 Session of the Maryland General Assembly ended in April, and the various bills affecting our estate and tax planning options that passed were ...

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Senior Partner Michael W. Davis Named Accredited Estate Planner®


Attorney Michael Davis is newly certified as an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC}.

As a Senior ...

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Work for Hire: More Complicated Than It May Seem


Does your company own the article, manual or handbook that it paid a contractor to write for the company? Does your company own the photographs ...

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2017 Employment Law Legislative Update


The 437th session of the General Assembly of Maryland ended April 10, 2017.  The following is a recap of just some of the employment related ...

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2017 Report From The Maryland General Assembly Estate Planning and Probate Legislation


At the beginning of the year, 2017 was looking to be a very productive one for the General Assembly when it came to bills affecting ...

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Transfer Tax Relief - Sole Proprietorship to Single Person LLC


The Maryland General Assembly eased the burden on small business owners this past legislative session, something it should seek to do with greater frequency. Both ...

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Legislative Update - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act


As of Tuesday, April 4 it seems Maryland mandatory paid sick and safe leave will most likely not become law this year.  After months of ...

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Loan Underwriting’s New Frontier – Employee Relations


One of the biggest fears people have when buying a used car is that they will get a lemon.  Cars are complex; sellers can be ...

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Timing Your Charitable Giving: Now or Later?


As April 15th quickly approaches, many people are in the process of reviewing the charitable gifts they made to their favorite charity, religious organization ...

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