Yearly Archives: 2014

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Watch Out for This Scam from Your “State Government”

A nationwide scam is now hitting our area. The scammers are accessing publicly-available records to generate fraudulent mailings to businesses and property owners, suggesting that you need to pay fees and submit extra documents in order to complete your transaction. To confuse you, the mailings often use misleading company names, designed to sound like official…MORE

Author: Lawrence S. Jacobs

Maryland Home Improvement Contractors: Button Up Your Contracts

So you meet the requirements to be a licensed home improvement contractor in Maryland. You work hard to develop business, satisfy your clients, and build a reputation. But do your written contracts comply with the long list of requirements set forth in the Maryland Home Improvement Act (“MHIA”)? If not, you might find yourself facing…MORE

Author: S. Hayes Edwards Jr.

Maryland employers, get ready for the new Parental Leave Act!

As of October 1, 2014, if you have 15-49 employees in Maryland, your business needs to be prepared to provide parental leave to anyone who is eligible. Here are a few key facts to help you determine if you will be affected and how to comply. Am I subject to the Parental Leave Act (PLA)?…MORE

Author: admin

Don’t Play Password Jeopardy

Without looking, can you name the five most important online financial accounts in your life – and the passwords that go with them? I suppose you might be able to do that, especially if you ignore everybody’s advice and use the same password over and over. But now take that test to the next level….MORE

Author: Lawrence S. Jacobs

Big Issues, Short Takes for Builders & Developers – September 2014

Both Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties have enacted new laws that directly affect builders and developers whose projects are in those jurisdictions.     PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY – CHANGES IN PRIVATE WATER/SEWER DISCLOSURES As of October 1, 2014, if you are selling homes in a project with private water and sewer charges, you are required…MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber

Think Twice Before Rolling Over Your TSP

If you or anyone in your household is a Federal employee, you know that TSP is shorthand for your Thrift Savings Plan – a retirement savings plan that many people outside the government truly envy. As I help clients with their estate plans, a TSP is often one of their biggest assets. Among other things,…MORE

Author: Lawrence S. Jacobs

When Will New Minimum Wage Requirements Affect Your Payroll?

Get ready. As early as October 1, 2014 higher minimum wage requirements begin to take effect around Maryland. That’s the date when new local laws start to impact businesses in Montgomery and Princes George’s Counties. Elsewhere in Maryland, new statewide requirements (which are lower than those in Montgomery and Prince George’s) take effect a few…MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber

Litigation Round Two: Collecting on Your Judgment

Congratulations on winning your lawsuit.  You now have an official piece of paper from a court that says you are owed a lot of money.  But your frustration may just be beginning because judgments do not enforce themselves. The same company you had to drag to the courthouse will probably drag its heels in paying.  Those who…MORE

Author: S. Hayes Edwards Jr.

Why Many HOA Rules May Not Be Enforceable

Whether they were drafted 10 years ago by a developer or amended last week by an HOA’s Board of Directors. No matter how meticulously they hew to the letter of the law. Regardless of how long and technical – or brief and simple – the bylaws and rules of every Maryland homeowners’ association; they all…MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber

Marriage: It’s More and Less Than You Think

In the eight months since the fall of the Defense of Marriage Act, I have witnessed a huge rush to marriage among friends, clients and our community at large.  Many of those people dramatically underestimate the changes that marriage might bring to their lives, while at the same time being lulled into a false sense…MORE

Author: Lawrence S. Jacobs

Big Issue, Short Take – March 2014

COMING SOON — MARYLAND ESTATE TAX RELIEF:   Last week, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law raising the estate tax exemption.  The Maryland estate tax exemption has been pegged at $1.0 million dollars for years.  With many other states having higher (or unlimited) exemptions, Maryland residents were incentivized to move out of State as…MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

Top Five Employment Action Items for 2014

With Spring upon us, it is a great time to review your employment practices, ensure compliance with any new laws, and make updates to protect your business.  Here are a few easy steps to take: Hold your annual Sexual Harassment and Discrimination training. Your business’s best line of defense against sexual harassment or discrimination claims…MORE

Author: admin