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Posted on Thu, 2014-03-20 21:09 by Bethany L. Flanders in Insurance, Real Estate

  Most people have car insurance and health insurance.  Some people even have pet insurance!  If you own property, you most likely have homeowner’s insurance.  But how many people have title insurance and/or even know what it covers?

On March 5, 2014, the Maryland Senate passed SB212 (2014), historic legislation providing the protections of Maryland’s employment, public accommodations, and housing anti-discrimination laws to transgender persons. Passing by a vote of 32-15 in the Senate, the bill reportedly passed with the largest margin ever for an LGBT-rights bill in Maryland.

Posted on Fri, 2014-03-14 13:22 by Darin L. Rumer in Family Law, Maryland Law

When two parties divorce (or seek custody of children), often one or both of the parties will seek child support and/or alimony. Sometimes one of the parties has been unemployed (particularly with a stay at home mother) or under-employed. But now, you will have two households, two sets of entirely separate living expenses, and additional costs – based on the salary and incomes you had while living together.

Posted on Fri, 2014-03-07 20:03 by Elizabeth J. McInturff in Family Law, Maryland Law

You have your custody order, but it’s been a few years and circumstances have changed. You want to modify the Order, so now what?

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.

Posted on Fri, 2014-01-31 20:43 by Jarrod S. Sharp in Civil Litigation, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law

On November 19, 2013, the North Carolina Court of Appeals rejected the University of Maryland’s (“UM”) attempt to dismiss a lawsuit over the university’s planned migration from the Atlantic Coast Conference (“ACC”) to the Big Ten Conference later this year.[1]  In 2012, the ACC brought suit against UM in North Carolina state court seeking a declaratory judgment that a withdrawal payment provision in the ACC Constitution was a valid liquidated damages clause enforceable against the university.

Posted on Fri, 2014-01-31 20:12 by Reed Spellman in Estate Planning, Maryland Law, Taxes, Trusts Estates

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Two bills in the Maryland legislature could affect which estates would be subject to Maryland estate tax in the future and should be carefully watched by estate and tax attorneys and those Marylanders looking to protect their estate assets.

Posted on Fri, 2014-01-24 17:10 by Tamara A. O'Connell in Civil Litigation, Evidence, Maryland Law

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