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When Should I Hire A Military Divorce Lawyer?

If you serve in the military or are married to a military service member, and you are contemplating a divorce, you are likely asking some difficult questions like whether or not you should hire a military divorce lawyer or when you need one. Our latest article series focuses on helping military families who are going…MORE

Author: Larry N. Burch

Creating Arbitration Agreements with Your Employees

Many employers routinely include mandatory arbitration agreements for resolving employment disputes with their employees. To the surprise of many employers, such clauses are often ruled invalid. To help assure that your agreement requiring arbitration of employment disputes is enforceable, be aware of the following factors: Consider using a separate, stand-alone agreement. Especially in the context of…MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

Want to Put Your Home on Airbnb? Read this first!

Are you thinking about offering your home as a short-term vacation rental?  Next to driving for Uber, short-term vacation rentals are the latest craze in side-hustles.  But before you clean out that extra bedroom and list your home on Airbnb or another online vacation rental website, you’d better make sure that you have the legal…MORE

Author: Judyann M. Lee

What To Look For In A Military Divorce Lawyer

Do military lawyers help with divorce? How long does a divorce take for someone in the military? If you’re in the military (or married to a military service member) and you are going through a divorce, you’re not alone, and you may be asking yourself questions like these. Divorce can be a difficult and painful…MORE

Author: Larry N. Burch

New FHA Guidelines Make It Easier To Get Financing To Purchase A Condo

The Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) released new guidelines for its project approval process for condominiums, which will go into effect on October 15, 2019.  These new guidelines are meant to streamline the process and make it easier for certain credit-worthy homebuyers to obtain FHA financing. Currently, for a homebuyer to be eligible for an FHA-insured…MORE

Author: Judyann M. Lee

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