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Posted on Fri, 2014-07-18 00:00 by in Estate Planning

 

Even estate planning seems to go through stages and fads with discussion of new techniques making the cocktail party circuit and the “free” lunch seminars for discussion.  One popular topic these days is the use of Revocable Living Trusts.  Before you consider rushing in to visit your estate planner to “get one of these” you might want to understand the basics of it and see why it is not a “one size fits all” tool for everyone.

Posted on Fri, 2014-07-18 00:00 by Roberta Roberts in Discrimination, Labor Employment, Maryland Law

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Eight years ago, Maryland’s Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers Act (“RAPWA”) [1], which went into effect on October 1, 2013, did not exist, and the United Parcel Service (“UPS”) denied a pregnant Maryland employee’s request to lift no more than 20 pounds at work on the written advisement of her doctor.

Posted on Fri, 2014-07-18 00:00 by Helen Chen in Criminal Defense, Evidence

The Duke of She told Confucius: “Among the upright men of my home, if the father steal a sheep his son will bear witness.”

Confucius answered: “Our people’s uprightness is unlike that. The father screens his son, the son screens his father. There is uprightness in this.”[i]

Posted on Fri, 2014-07-11 16:13 by Hina Z. Hussain in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

 

On June 24, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon ruled that the No-Fly list was unconstitutional because the government does not provide Americans who are on the list any meaningful opportunity to contest their inclusion.

Posted on Fri, 2014-06-27 17:29 by Kara Fischer in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Defense

 

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On Wednesday June 25, in a unanimous ruling the Supreme Court held that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. Courts have long allowed warrantless searches in connection with arrests, allowing officers to conduct a full search of the person being arrested as well as any property on or relatively near them at the time they are arrested.

Posted on Fri, 2014-06-20 17:04 by Elizabeth J. McInturff in Family Law, Maryland Law

“A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF CANNOT STAND”

– Abraham Lincoln, Republican State Convention (June 16, 1858), quoting Mark 3:25

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Have you heard the one about the couple that split the house after their divorce? She got the inside, he got the outside. Or the story of this couple from Cambodia who cut their house in half after the wife refused to leave?

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 (One of the trademarks registered to Pro Football, Inc. d/b/a/ The Washington Redskins)

On Wednesday, the United States Patent And Trademark Office (Trademark Trial and Appeal Board or “TTAB”) canceled the Washington Redskins’ trademark registrations in the start of what is likely to be a lengthy legal battle.

Posted on Fri, 2014-06-13 15:00 by Morgan Lavan in Family Law, Maryland Law

Three Sisters on Wall

In March of 2014, the Court of Appeals considered whether an adult sibling seeking visitation rights with her minor siblings, contrary to their parents’ wishes, should be held to the same standard as third parties seeking visitation.[i] The factual circumstances of In re: Victoria C. presented a ripe opportunity for the Court of Appeals of Maryland to produce a more forgiving standard that recognized the importance of familial relationships other than parent-child. The Court of Appeals, however, declined to take that route.

Posted on Fri, 2014-06-06 18:01 by Reed Spellman in Maryland Law, Trusts Estates

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Everyone has heard that “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” And, we also know that when you pay your taxes late, there is another certainty: penalties and interest. Now, let’s say you pay your taxes late, you are assessed with penalties and interest, you pay the penalties and interest, but later discover that, in fact, you never owed the tax in the first place. You would then expect to have the tax, along with the penalties and interest, which you paid, to be refunded to you. Right?

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