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How do I add an Accessory Apartment to my home?

Montgomery County Council adopted new and revised Zoning Ordinance regulations making it easier to secure permits for an accessory apartment unit for most agriculturally or residentially zoned properties. Under the revised County Zoning Ordinance, homeowners who previously would have been subject to a conditional use process to secure “Attached Accessory Apartment” or “Detached Accessory Apartment”…MORE

Author: Peter Ciferri

Attention Maryland Home Builders–New Maryland Legislation

The following are some of the many new laws that will go into effect in Maryland on October 1, 2018, which are of interest to home builders in Maryland. Chapter 778 (House Bill 239) – Prince George’s County – Sales of Residential Real Property – Community Amenities – Advertising.  This legislation requires home builders in…MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber

What Does Lodestar Mean?

Much is being made of the use of the so-called “archaic” word “Lodestar”, a 14th century word used by an anonymous op-ed penned by an anonymous White House official critical of the President, according to the Washington Post. The word lodestar is not a mystery to lawyers, however.   As recently explained by the Court…MORE

Author: Peter Ciferri

Non-Compete And Non-Solicitation Agreements: Employer Beware

A recent case from the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland underscored the growing trend by courts across the country to limit the application of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.   These agreements, typically referred to as “restrictive covenants”, are integral to many employment agreements. Restrictive covenants in employment contracts serve as a means of assuring the…MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

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

What’s In and Out: How the New Tax Law May affect Family Law

The recently passed federal tax legislation raised questions and concerns for many people. The final word is still out on the implications, but here are a few observations about how the changes might come into play in the kind of family law issues that I help my clients navigate on a daily basis.* Alimony taxation…MORE

Author: McMillan Metro

Child Support for Adult Disabled Children

If you have an adult child with a disability or medical condition, you may be obligated to pay child support indefinitely if you divorce, separate, or even if you never married your child’s other parent. In Maryland, as in most other states, both parents have an obligation to support their minor children financially. That means…MORE

Author: McMillan Metro