Yearly Archives: 2009

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2009 Year-End Tax Alert

Summary Despite the economy remaining largely in the doldrums, there were a variety of benefits which should not be overlooked by taxpayers who are able to take advantage of them. Keying on those which would have the most likely application for the small, medium and large local businesses which comprise the majority of the Firm’s…MORE

Author: David W.Hotes

With the Internet There Is No Need for Lawyers. Wrong!

Case #1: A client, who recently used an agreement that he found on the internet, called us for help. The agreement was used to hire a subcontractor for a $100,000 task to be performed over several months, yet payable at a daily rate of $1,500 per consultant. The agreement had a beginning and an end…MORE

Author: A. Howard Metro

Employee Theft – Can It be Avoided?

Be careful of the thief who masquerades as your bookkeeper. The law is not as kind to employers as it once was. Recently, McMillan Metro, P.C. was called upon to represent two different employers for claims of employee theft, with one claim involving over $1M. What happens when someone inside your business forges your signature…MORE

Author: A. Howard Metro

Have You Reminded Your Employees of the Duty of Loyalty?

All employees are subject to an array of implied common law duties arising from the unwritten contract requiring the employer to pay wages in exchange for the employee’s performance. While the duty of loyalty provides protection for the employer as well as a powerful enforcement instrument, it is often overlooked and ignored. Too often employees…MORE

Author: A. Howard Metro

New Legislation Targets Minority Contracting Fraud

Under a new Maryland law that went into effect last month, contractors that rely upon minority-owned companies in bids for the award of state construction projects but which fail to use such companies will be subject to felony charges. The new law, which went into effect as of October 1, 2009, provides for a maximum…MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

Upcoming Tax Reprieve from Interest and Penalties in Virginia!

Following on the heels of the current tax amnesty program in the State of Maryland, and in its own effort to raise revenues, the Commonwealth of Virginia will be offering tax amnesty under its recently announced “Get Square VA” campaign for submissions made between October 7, 2009 and December 5, 2009. All civil penalties and…MORE

Author: David W.Hotes

Seven Weeks Left for Tax Amnesty in Maryland!

Via recent legislation, and in an effort to raise revenues, the State of Maryland is offering tax amnesty for submissions made between September 1 and October 30, 2009. All civil penalties and one-half of accrued interest will be waived. For taxpayers who are behind with their Maryland taxes, this is a no-brainer. Who is an eligible…MORE

Author: David W.Hotes

What Happens When You Die Without A Will?

There are two things you can count on – death and taxes! Both of these issues can be addressed in a Will. If you die without a Will, the assets of your estate will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy in the state of your domicile. In Maryland, distribution of assets owned by…MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

In a Divorce, A Beneficiary Designation Trumps the Divorce Agreement

The need for a divorced individual to look at all of his or her beneficiary designations on his or her retirement plans was made clear this week in a unanimous Supreme Court decision which upheld the beneficiary designation set forth in a retirement plan over the waiver of rights to the retirement plan under a…MORE

Author: Lona L. Feldman

New Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations

The first material revisions to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), since the law was enacted fifteen years ago, will take effect January 16, 2009. The new regulations clarify many of the implementing terms that had caused confusion and costs to both employers and employees. The new regulations also add extensive employment protections…MORE

Author: Lynn Perry Parker