Yearly Archives: 2017

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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

Can I Run An Airbnb® in Montgomery County?

A recent online search revealed approximately 227 available Airbnb®rooms, cottages, and homes for rent in the Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Silver Spring areas of Montgomery County. In a county known for regulations and restrictions, you might be asking: Are Montgomery County’s residents allowed to operate their residential homes as short-term rentals? As of July 1,…MORE

Author: Peter Ciferri

Dangerous Easements: Do They Limit My Property Rights?

At some point during your life as a property owner, you will likely receive a strongly worded letter from governmental authority or a neighbor stating that they have the right to access your property by utilizing an “easement” or a “right-of-way”. Sometimes you might not even get a letter before noticing a stranger wandering through…MORE

Author: Peter Ciferri

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 on-line vacation rental website, you’d better make sure that you have the legal…MORE

Author: Judyann M. Lee

Own a business? You need a buy-sell agreement!

If you own a business, having a buy-sell agreement is a necessity.  Without it, a closely-held or family-owned business is in jeopardy in the event of the owner’s death, disability, retirement, divorce or bankruptcy, or if a dispute arises among the owners. A buy-sell agreement is a legally-binding contract among the owners addressing the terms…MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

What all employers should know about employees and social media

The use of social media is ubiquitous in the world today. The stark truth is: social media has revolutionized the way people communicate, and legal regimes and workplace customs must adapt. We have recently reviewed numerous handbooks for employers that include social media policies. Including these policies in employee handbooks is essential, as courts and…MORE

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Is that a fake check? Here’s how to find out.

Checks and cashier checks are still common forms of payment, but they, are increasingly used in fraud schemes.  Technological advances, such as high quality photocopiers, permit con artists to produce very convincing counterfeits and reproductions that often pass for genuine.  These fake instruments often contain information from real banks, depositors and their accounts, which makes…MORE

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If your divorce is amicable, do you need a lawyer?

Sometimes, couples want to avoid lawyers when they seek an amicable divorce.  They may believe that lawyers are unnecessary because their property division is amicable and “simple.”  Or they fear that their spouse will perceive the involvement of a lawyer as adversarial. But consider this: even in an amicable divorce you must fully understand your…MORE

Author: McMillan Metro

Do Your Employees Understand Their Duty of Loyalty?

All of your employees are subject to an array of implied common law duties. This includes the “duty of loyalty” which requires an employee to serve his or her employer faithfully and refrain from knowingly or willfully acting to harm the business. It also requires the employee to refrain from conflicts of interest with the…MORE

Author: A. Howard Metro

For Small Business Contracts, Details are a Big Deal

Far too often we see small business owners with a business model that has a critical defect:  the lack of quality contracts.  While Google and other websites can provide basic contract forms that appear useful, these forms have serious downsides.  Typically they fail to include provisions that are specific to your business and may even…MORE

Author: S. Hayes Edwards Jr.

Renovation Litigation: Here’s how to avoid it

I’ve been a lawyer for 42 years now and I have represented thousands of individuals and businesses.  But among the people who know me well, the real milestone is the fact that I have bought and renovated eight houses during that same time.  During just the past 17 years, my husband and I have owned…MORE

Author: Lawrence S. Jacobs

Is a Temp Agency Employee also Your Employee?

Employers often look to temporary staffing agencies to fill pressing employment needs.  Historically, an employee hired this way has been considered to be solely an employee of the agency.  That may be changing, and if your business hires temps through an agency, you should be aware of this development. Last month a federal Circuit Court…MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

Is Your Business in “Good Standing?” Are You Sure?!

Recently, many of our clients have discovered that their business entities—whether LLCs or corporations—are not in “good standing.” In fact, a few are facing forfeiture, a process by which the state terminates an entity’s existence. If that happens, essentially any limitation of liability under your entity’s charter or its LLC “shield” will cease to exist,…MORE

Author: Jeremy Hesselbein

Could Your Community Be Deemed A “Hostile Environment”?

Your community association may now be liable for the discriminatory actions of residents who harass or create a hostile environment for other residents. A new HUD regulation that went into effect on October 14, 2016 places new burdens on condominiums and community associations, which should take steps to protect themselves. This is a scary proposition…MORE

Author: Judyann M. Lee

Who actually owns your home? Check that deed!

Far too often, couples who live in homes together—married or unmarried—don’t understand how the ownership of their homes is actually structured. In the hundreds of times that I’ve sat down with couples to review their estates, we’ve uncovered ownership issues as often as not. Many of those less than ideal situations can be updated or…MORE

Author: Lawrence S. Jacobs