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Beware of Treble Damages for Late Payment of Wages

Massachusetts, like Maryland and the District of Columbia (which has a liquidated damages provision requiring 4 times the wages due), has treble damages when wages are late. According to the Massachusetts statute, the terminated employee must be paid all wages due on the date of discharge, while an employee who resigns must be paid by…READ MORE

Author: Jose L. Espejo

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, Jennifer A. Manley-Kapoor, Judyann M. Lee, Virginia Cascio Bonifacino, Judyann M. Lee, Natasha Nazareth, Andrew M. Friedman

OSHA Lists 11 Ways for Employers to Protect Unvaccinated Workers Against Covid-19

New federal guidance issued August 13, 2021 reinforces that all employers should implement multi-layered interventions to protect unvaccinated and otherwise at-risk workers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The District of Columbia and all major surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia are considered to be areas of substantial or high transmission (as of September 15,…READ MORE

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

Domestic Violence (DV) Protective Orders and Military Protection Orders (MPOs)

If your spouse is threatening you with serious bodily harm or harassing or abusing you or your child, then you should seek protection right away. This article begins a series of articles designed to provide information to spouses, ex-spouses, children and other intimates of military members who are being abused. Also, if someone is seeking…READ MORE

Author: Jose L. Espejo, Jennifer A. Manley-Kapoor, Judyann M. Lee, Virginia Cascio Bonifacino, Judyann M. Lee, Natasha Nazareth, Andrew M. Friedman, Natasha Nazareth, Larry Burch

What Should I Do With My Living Will After I’ve Signed It?

The Health Care Power of Attorney and the Advance Medical Directive are critically important estate planning documents. The Advance Medical Directive (often called a “Living Will”) allows you to make your wishes known about whether to withhold life support in certain contexts. The Health Care Power of Attorney allows you to name someone (usually called…READ MORE

Author: Jose L. Espejo, Jennifer A. Manley-Kapoor, Judyann M. Lee, Virginia Cascio Bonifacino, Judyann M. Lee, Natasha Nazareth, Andrew M. Friedman, Natasha Nazareth, Larry Burch, Andrew M. Friedman