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Beware of Employee and Wage Claims

Employers face the constant challenge of regulatory requirements, which are constantly changing.  To further complicate matters,  compliance with employment obligations to employees varies from the employer’s home state to other states where remote employees work.  An employer’s compliance failure, regardless of whether it was inadvertent or minor, could provide an employee with an opportunity for…READ MORE

Author: Jose L. Espejo

Creating Covenants That Help Plan the Development of Multi-Use/Multi-Owner Projects: Reciprocal Easement Agreements (“REAs”)

If you are the developer of a multi-use project or are planning to develop a large real estate project with multiple owners, a reciprocal easement agreement (“REAs”) may be an appropriate avenue for the coordination of the development and future maintenance of the project. REAs are legal agreements, customarily recorded in the local land records,…READ MORE

Author: Jose L. Espejo, Andrew H. Milne, Michael A. Faerber

Hiding Assets In Cryptocurrency

When going through a divorce, identifying and locating your spouse’s assets can often be a complicated and challenging endeavor. With the rise in the popularity of cryptocurrency in recent years, this task has become even more complex. Cryptocurrency is a currency that is maintained digitally and without reliance on banks or other central authorities. The…READ MORE

Author: Jose L. Espejo, Andrew H. Milne, Michael A. Faerber, Jose L. Espejo, Jennifer A. Manley-Kapoor

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Make Key Changes Following The Tragic Surfside Condominium Collapse

The Collapse In the early morning hours of June  24, 2021, the Champlain Towers South Condominium, a 12-story beachfront condominium in Surfside, Florida, collapsed as people watched in horror.  Ninety-eight people died and dozens were injured.  Soon afterward it was revealed that the condominium had structural problems that went unaddressed for several years.  Its concrete…READ MORE

Author: Jose L. Espejo, Andrew H. Milne, Michael A. Faerber, Jose L. Espejo, Jennifer A. Manley-Kapoor, Judyann M. Lee

The Federal OSHA Mandatory Vaccination Requirements Are Here!

If you recall, President Biden announced in September that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) would be issuing a mandate requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to have a mandatory vaccination policy to minimize the spread of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace and protect unvaccinated employees. OSHA released the emergency temporary standard…READ MORE

Author: Jose L. Espejo, Andrew H. Milne, Michael A. Faerber, Jose L. Espejo, Jennifer A. Manley-Kapoor, Judyann M. Lee, Virginia Cascio Bonifacino

2021 Legislative Update of Maryland and Virginia Community Association Laws

Many laws affecting community associations went into effect this year, despite social distancing and legislators’ inability to meet in person because of the pandemic. In fact, many of the bills this year directly resulted from the effects of the pandemic.  For example, because gyms and recreational areas were closed, many people turned to home fitness…READ MORE

Author: Jose L. Espejo, Andrew H. Milne, Michael A. Faerber, Jose L. Espejo, Jennifer A. Manley-Kapoor, Judyann M. Lee, Virginia Cascio Bonifacino, Judyann M. Lee

Succession Planning for Professional Practices

Doctors, lawyers, accountants and other professionals face particular challenges in their succession planning. Unplanned exits are at high risk for losing clients, revenue, and good will.  Client replacement costs and other continuity challenges abound for the remaining partners and staff. On the other hand, an action plan to maximize profit in the sale of a…READ MORE

Author: Jose L. Espejo, Andrew H. Milne, Michael A. Faerber, Jose L. Espejo, Jennifer A. Manley-Kapoor, Judyann M. Lee, Virginia Cascio Bonifacino, Judyann M. Lee, Natasha Nazareth

Should I Update My Estate Plan? Ask Yourself These Three Questions

Establishing an estate plan is a crucial step toward peace of mind. An estate plan typically includes the following documents: a Will, a Financial Power of Attorney, a Health Care Power of Attorney, and in many cases, a Revocable Living Trust. These documents help control your assets if you become disabled or pass away. The…READ MORE

Author: Jose L. Espejo, Andrew H. Milne, Michael A. Faerber, Jose L. Espejo, Jennifer A. Manley-Kapoor, Judyann M. Lee, Virginia Cascio Bonifacino, Judyann M. Lee, Natasha Nazareth, Andrew M. Friedman