Blog Archive: February 2014

Posted on Fri, 2014-02-28 15:04 by in Estate Planning, Maryland Law, Trusts Estates


Do you have a will?


Even if you never get around to consulting a lawyer to prepare a will and have it properly executed, virtually every state in the union has taken the trouble to write one for you.  Unfortunately, the legislatures who created  the laws of intestacy don’t know you, don’t know your children, don’t know your crazy “ex”, don’t care if your only sibling is a homeless, unemployed, or deadbeat.  They create a “one size fits all” set of rules that direct where your assets go and in what percentages without regard to any of those details of your life.


Posted on Fri, 2014-02-21 16:58 by JGL Associate Attorney in Civil Litigation, Federal Law, Labor Employment




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It’s your first day on a new job. You are shown to a desk or conference table and the office manager places a large stack of papers in front of you. Tax forms, personal information forms, and the Employee Handbook. The Handbook can be small or large, and most of the time no one reads it. Nearly all of the time, however, a new employee will sign a piece of paper saying that he or she has read the handbook and understands all that is contained in the handbook. After this point, few employees ever think about what is actually written in the handbook until something bad happens. And sometimes not until it’s too late.


Posted on Fri, 2014-02-14 18:40 by Elizabeth J. McInturff in Bankruptcy, Family Law, Federal Law


On the heels of the Supreme Court striking down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), including holding that in states where it is legal for same-sex couples to marry, the government must extend same sex couples federal health and social security benefits, and extending tax benefits to same same-sex couples, Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Federal Government will extend married couples equal protection under the law.


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