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Posted on Mon, 2015-06-29 13:08 by Matthew J. Focht in

A question clients often ask is whether they should talk to the opposing driver’s insurance company after they have been injured in a car accident.

Posted on Mon, 2015-06-15 08:22 by Jeffrey N. Greenblatt, Allison McFadden in

Maryland Legislature Addresses Divorce in Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly met this past winter for its annual ninety day session and proposed legislation, heard testimony regarding proposed legislation, and enacted new law. 

Posted on Fri, 2015-06-05 15:54 by in

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Are you thinking about taking the plunge and renovating your home? Have you been looking around the house thinking, “Wow this floor sure is showing its age,” or “This kitchen used to be fabulous… in 1987,” or “Now that we have the money, why don’t we add that sunroom we always dreamed of”? Maybe you are a young contractor, ready to spread your wings and open your own company. If so, to successfully navigate your exciting new undertaking it is important to understand the nuances of the Maryland home improvement laws.

Posted on Thu, 2015-05-28 14:52 by in

5 Ways to Prepare for Divorce

Oftentimes, the last thing on the mind of someone about to embark on a divorce is how to best posture his/herself in the event of contentious litigation. However, considering this position may be essential to the ultimate outcome of the divorce. Indeed, by commencing divorce litigation, the parties are essentially asking the Court to enter their homes, and decide, among other things, who is the better parent, who has the greater need for economic support, and who owned what property and when.

Posted on Tue, 2015-05-26 12:41 by Matthew J. Focht in

One question I hear often is “Should I move my car after an accident?” In particular, personal injury clients want to know if their case will be hurt if they move their vehicle before the police arrive at the scene. The thought process behind the question fits with what we see on television and in movies – if the vehicles are moved, how can the authorities do a thorough investigation of how the accident happened? And if a thorough investigation of the accident isn’t performed, how can fault be determined? 

Posted on Fri, 2015-05-15 15:58 by Jerry D Miller in

If you own a business, there’s a good chance you’ve been faced with the independent contractor vs. employee dilemma. The decision isn’t always an easy one to make and since an incorrect designation can have significant negative consequences, it’s best not to decide in haste or purely on the basis of economics. Here are some things to consider the next time the issue comes across your desk:  

Posted on Wed, 2015-05-06 14:47 by in Business Services

 

Got an innovative idea? Starting a new business?  Decided to incorporate? Now what?!

One of the first decisions a budding entrepreneur encounters when starting a new business is where to incorporate their new venture.  In my corporate and business law practice, I tend to point clients in one of two directions, either their home state (the state where the business operates), or Delaware.  For this article we will assume the home state of the entrepreneur is the State of Maryland.

Posted on Thu, 2015-04-30 13:57 by Matthew E. Kreiser in

As a labor and employment attorney, I am often asked by potential clients if they have a viable claim against their employer for being subjected to a “hostile working environment.” And why would they not? Many people feel they are subjected to difficult working conditions, and the word “hostile” is a loaded term, perceived to be attention grabbing and capable of capturing interest. Although it sounds like an all-encompassing claim, the law has very particular requirements to satisfactorily allege that one was, indeed, subjected to an unlawful, hostile working environment.

Posted on Fri, 2015-04-17 11:07 by Eleanor A. Hunt in

 

Making a Legal Will

Posted on Tue, 2015-04-14 16:31 by Jay P. Holland in

 

Amendments to False Claims Act expanded remedies for retaliation against contractors and others.

Hillary Clinton came in for criticism when word emerged that she'd bypassed her government email account while running the State Department in favor of her private account. But Corporate America is in no position to criticize, we learn in this special section—mixing of private and company email is rampant, and dangerous. We also investigate the difficulties liberal marijuana laws raise for employers and changes in federal whistleblower-protection laws.

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