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Getting Support from a Military Service Member

If your spouse (or your child’s parent) is on active duty in the military, you may be able to seek support through his or her command. Each service has implemented dependent support guidelines which provide different levels of support.  The Navy’s Dependent Support Guidelines provide generous support for dependent spouses and children (which exceed the…MORE

Author: Larry N. Burch

New Laws In Maryland For Estates And Trusts

There are two new laws in Maryland impacting estate planning and administration.  The first deals with what is known as the “spousal election”. Under Maryland law, a surviving spouse has the right to make an election to take a one-third share of their deceased spouse’s estate in lieu of what they were to receive under…MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

The Social Security Numbers Do Not Match!

Recently, we have learned that our clients are receiving letters from the Social Security Administration indicating that the Social Security Numbers submitted with payments for FICA and, presumably, Medicare, do not match.  This often may involve an undocumented worker; however, it could simply mean a clerical error. The employer who receives a no-match letter stands…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth, A. Howard Metro

Do I Owe Development Impact Taxes In Montgomery County?

Applicants for building permits for new development in Montgomery County are generally subject to County “Impact Taxes”.  These impact taxes are for transportation and education impacts and are designed to defray the impact that new residents will have on the demand for schools and transportation infrastructure. These impact taxes can cost tens (or even hundreds)…MORE

Author: Peter E. Ciferri, Stephen J. Orens

Who Should Be In Charge If You Can’t Be?

Choosing the people to whom you want to assign responsibility in case the worst happens is a stumbling block that keeps many of us from creating estate planning documents, such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.  Who should my executor be? Who could manage money for kids who will be my heirs? Who would…MORE

Author: Lawrence S. Jacobs

Occupancy Permit – Whose Responsibility?

Recently, we have had two instances in which clients signed leases and were obligated to obtain an Occupancy Permit.  In both cases, the prospective tenants were unable to obtain an Occupancy Permit because the use was not permitted. The landlord did not inform, or was unaware, that the use was not permitted in the zoning….MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber

You Signed a Form Contract, Now What?

We often hear from frazzled business owners about routine contracts gone wrong. What seemed like a simple service agreement has gone south. They want their money back, or at least cut their losses, but when they call to cancel the contract, they learn they are stuck. All too often, what the service representative told them…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth, Jose L. Espejo