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Is that a fake check? Here’s how to find out.

Checks and cashier checks are still common forms of payment, but they, are increasingly used in fraud schemes.  Technological advances, such as high quality photocopiers, permit con artists to produce very convincing counterfeits and reproductions that often pass for genuine.  These fake instruments often contain information from real banks, depositors and their accounts, which makes the... MORE

Author: John C. Fredrickson

If your divorce is amicable, do you need a lawyer?

Sometimes, couples want to avoid lawyers when they seek an amicable divorce.  They may believe that lawyers are unnecessary because their property division is amicable and “simple.”  Or they fear that their spouse will perceive the involvement of a lawyer as adversarial.  But consider this: even in an amicable divorce you must fully understand your legal rights and obligations, including... MORE

Author: Lisa Seltzer Becker

Do Your Employees Understand Their Duty of Loyalty?

All of your employees are subject to an array of implied common law duties. This includes the “duty of loyalty” which requires an employee to serve his or her employer faithfully and refrain from knowingly or willfully acting to harm the business. It also requires the employee to refrain from conflicts of interest with the employer. The duty of loyalty protects you, as the employer, and is a... MORE

Author: A. Howard Metro

For Small Business Contracts, Details are a Big Deal

Far too often we see small business owners with a business model that has a critical defect:  the lack of quality contracts.  While Google and other websites can provide basic contract forms that appear useful, these forms have serious downsides.  Typically they fail to include provisions that are specific to your business and may even include clauses that might actually be adverse to your... MORE

Author: S. Hayes Edwards Jr.

Renovation Litigation: Here’s how to avoid it

I’ve been a lawyer for 42 years now and I have represented thousands of individuals and businesses.  But among the people who know me well, the real milestone is the fact that I have bought and renovated eight houses during that same time.  During just the past 17 years, my husband and I have owned three of the houses on that list and are getting ready to start our downsizing odyssey by... MORE

Author: Lawrence S. Jacobs

Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreements Cleanwater Linganore

McMillan Metro, P.C. represents a number of residential builders and developers.  Over the years, the firm has come to recognize the great risk taken by a developer when it purchases a piece of raw ground and undertakes the entitlement, subdivision and development of a new project.  While the vagaries of the economy affect all enterprises to some degree, developers must also contend with... MORE

Author: Stephen J. Orens

Is a Temp Agency Employee also Your Employee?

Employers often look to temporary staffing agencies to fill pressing employment needs.  Historically, an employee hired this way has been considered to be solely an employee of the agency.  That may be changing, and if your business hires temps through an agency, you should be aware of this development. Last month a federal Circuit Court found that a hospital, using a temporary worker... MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

Why Negotiating Your New Commercial Lease Will Take Longer Than You Think

If you are opening a new business or looking for new space for your existing business, you need to understand how the leasing cycle works and give yourself enough time to allow all issues to be properly addressed. The process and timeline are different for every business, but even if you think you are making a relatively easy move, it is better to plan than to be surprised. That is even more... MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber

Could your loved ones find your advance medical directive in an emergency?

Advance medical directives are the documents that give you control over your medical care if you are unable to speak for yourself. They let you choose who will make health care decisions for you and they give guidance on the types of treatments you would or would not want. Your doctors and your loved ones will be flying blind if they are unable to obtain these documents when you are in... MORE

Author: Amy L. Griboff

Is Your Business in “Good Standing?” Are You Sure?!

Recently, many of our clients have discovered that their business entities—whether LLCs or corporations—are not in “good standing.” In fact, a few are facing forfeiture, a process by which the state terminates an entity’s existence. If that happens, essentially any limitation of liability under your entity’s charter or its LLC “shield” will cease to exist, and you may be held individually... MORE

Author: Jeremy Hesselbein