Posts by: S. Hayes Edwards Jr.

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How to Terminate an Employee Without Triggering a Lawsuit

Our clients often ask us for advice when planning the termination of an employee. Others ask for our advice after a terminated employee has threatened to sue them. As with most things, a little forethought can avoid a lot of headaches. In defending employment cases, I have learned to think ahead to how a termination…MORE

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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

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How Some Simple Recordkeeping Can Keep You Out of Court

Some people are born obsessive organizers.  Some are not.  And while it’s not our job to tell you that your desk needs organizing or your wallet needs thinning out, our litigation department is awash in cases where parties lacked a solid system for pro-active record keeping.  Sure, most of your dealings will conclude uneventfully, never…MORE

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How to Keep Your Trade Secrets Secret

Does your business rely on information that you wouldn’t show to your competitors? If you don’t have a secure grasp on such trade secrets, you are at risk of losing these valuable assets with no way to recover them. The good news? You can easily protect a trade secret under Maryland and/or D.C. law, if…MORE

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Maryland Home Improvement 101 for Consumers: Know Your Rights

You’ve chosen a contractor to perform your home remodeling or renovation, you’ve settled on the plans for the work, and you’ve planned how to rearrange your life around the work. But what if all doesn’t go according to plan? If not, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and expensive situation. The Maryland Home Improvement…MORE

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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

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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.