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2021 Legislative Update


2021 Legislative Update

The 2021 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly was a unique session due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic ...

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Buying or Selling a Business: The Drive for the Goal Line


We are currently experiencing a significant increase in the number of business buy/sell transactions and it appears that the trend will continue at least ...

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Restaurants Face Challenges Dealing with Food Delivery Services


The COVID-19 pandemic should have been a golden opportunity for food delivery apps such as Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Postmates.  Thanks to months of ...

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2020 Legislative Update


The Maryland General Assembly opened its 2020 session on January 8th.  This year, 2,745 bills were filed and a total of 600 bills were ...

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Important COVID-19 Updates


For Businesses, Entrepreneurs & Organizations


The business impact of the novel COVID-19 virus outbreak has many business owners reviewing the "force majeure" clauses in their ...

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What You Need to Know About Indemnification Clauses - Part 1


One of the most overlooked provisions in almost any contract is the indemnification clause. While most people pay a great deal of attention to the ...

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Legal Documents in 2020 and Beyond

Everyone likes shortcuts, right? It saves you time! However, when it comes to legal documents, you should never take a shortcut. Due to the amount ...
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Are Land Surveys Really Necessary?


Buying a property can be an expensive process.  Among the many costs that a buyer faces, such as the cost of inspections, transfer taxes, and ...

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Prepayment Penalties: An Unwelcome Surprise


Whether you have applied for a loan or are thinking about doing so, it is important to consider whether you could be charged a fee ...

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2019 Legislative Update


The Maryland General Assembly opened its 2019 session on January 9th. During this year's session, 2,500 bills were filed and a total of ...

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County Council Considers Bill to Tighten Development Within Watersheds


The future of development in Howard County has long been hotly debated, especially in the wake of the disastrous Ellicott City floods of 2017 and ...

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Contemplating a Construction or Renovation Project?


When you’re planning a major construction or renovation project for your business or for your home, the importance of hiring a general contractor is ...

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Top Traps for Unwary Tenants


For many businesses that are trying to rent space, negotiating a commercial lease is a major decision that involves hours of research and planning. You ...

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Devil in the Details - How the 666 days between floods is temporarily banning development in Ellicott City



On May 27, 2018, 666 days after the July 30, 2016 Ellicott City Flood, the historic downtown neighborhood experienced something no one ever thought would ...

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2018 Legislative Update


The Maryland General Assembly opened its 2018 session on January 10, 2018.  Before it concluded on April 9th, a total of 889 bills had ...

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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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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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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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