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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 04/24/2018

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 11/24/2017

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 06/26/2017

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 05/31/2017

Earned Sick and Safe Law Takes Effect on October 1 in Montgomery County

Last year, attorney Julian Haffner flagged the news about how a new paid sick leave law will affect all employers in Montgomery County, MDeffective October 1, 2016. You may follow the link to review a more-detailed summary of the law and its implications, published when the law was first adopted in 2015. Now that its enactment is…MORE

Author: admin 09/29/2016

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

Author: S. Hayes Edwards Jr. 04/04/2016

MD Business Owners: April 15th Is Personal Property Tax Day, Too!

A change in Maryland policy in 2016 may put you at risk of missing an important tax deadline. As you know, if you own a business in Maryland (whether it’s an LLC or a corporation) or your business is registered to conduct business in Maryland, you must file Personal Property Tax Returns each year with…MORE

Author: Jeremy Hesselbein 03/17/2016

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 08/19/2015

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

Author: S. Hayes Edwards Jr. 05/08/2015

A © Alone is the Wrong Way to Copyright Your Work

You’re an entrepreneur. You’re deal-focused. You’ve got your eye on the prize, and you can’t be bothered with unnecessary details. You are driven by the desire to get things done. So when you establish a relationship with a partner, a supplier, an employee, or a client, it’s easy enough to imagine you can skim over…MORE

Author: admin 04/16/2015

Is a Contract Really Necessary?

You’re an entrepreneur. You’re deal-focused. You’ve got your eye on the prize, and you can’t be bothered with unnecessary details. You are driven by the desire to get things done. So when you establish a relationship with a partner, a supplier, an employee, or a client, it’s easy enough to imagine you can skim over…MORE

Author: admin 04/16/2015

This Deceptive Mailing Is a Good Reminder

Watch out. Some of our business clients are receiving official-looking documents that cite state laws about holding and documenting annual meetings. The pitch is for a service that will manufacture meeting minutes for $125, an unnecessary fee for a product of questionable value. Ignore this misleading mailing, but take it as a timely reminder. Like…MORE

Author: Lawrence S. Jacobs 02/12/2015

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 12/21/2014

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. 12/21/2014