SIZING UP IN VIOLINS AND INVESTMENT REAL ESTATE

If you have ever attended an elementary school instrumental music concert, you may need your parental pride to outweigh the general cacophony that is inflicted on your ears. Sometimes, however, you may find a group of violins that sound pretty good. Why is that? Well, for technical reasons, string players can start younger[1]. As supply meets demand, violins can range from a 1/32 size up to full size.  Therefore, a child can start playing the…
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Do You Need a Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and plenty of people have engagements and weddings on their minds. Besides the perfect ring, what else do you need? Everyone plans for their marriage lasting forever but sometimes circumstances happen beyond your control. Knowing that you can’t protect yourself from divorce, any steps you can take to avoid litigation and provide security is key. Many people are unaware that even property titled in their own names, can…
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Non-Compete Agreements

Is a non-compete agreement enforceable? In Maryland, if the terms of the non-compete agreement are reasonable then the Court will generally enforce the agreement.  To determine what is reasonable, many factors need to be analyzed.  Such as, what is the duration of the restriction?  What is the geographic scope of the restriction?  What is the scope of work that is being restricted?  If the non-compete is narrowly tailored to protect the legitimate business needs of…
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Not Such a “Veiled” Threat

One type of veil is an article of clothing some women wear out of modesty to protect against unwanted attention.  Another is a religious cloth used to protect an item of particular religious significance.  The word veil also can be used to describe the divide between the bodily or corporate and the spiritual worlds – a sheath, of sorts, which separates the known from the unknown. Corporations and limited liability companies can also be thought…
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What Will 2017 Bring to Family Law?

As with other areas of the law, family law is regularly changing to keep up with new developments in families’ needs. The trend in the last few years in family law is to streamline and simplify the grounds for divorce. When I first began practicing law in Maryland, there was a two year waiting period of continuous separation before filing a divorce if you and your spouse didn’t agree to separate. On top of that,…
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Impending FLSA Regulations are On-Hold

In a blog I posted on June 25, 2016, “Time to Start Preparing for The New Overtime Regulations”, I discussed what was slated to become a major change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on December 1, 2016.  Well, not so fast.  Last month, a federal judge in Texas issued a Court Order blocking the implementation of the new regulations which would have increased the minimum salary to $47,476 annually for an employee to…
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What is Therapeutic Visitation?

You may have heard reports about the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce and custody case. News sources have reported about domestic violence allegations against Brad Pitt. And it appears that the parties’ negotiated agreement includes therapeutic visitation for Pitt. Therapeutic visitation can be ordered when there is estrangement or alienation between the child and a parent. There are many different reasons why this can happen: parental interference, abuse or other mental health issues which…
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Rock, Paper, Scissors – Arbitration Clauses in Assisted Living Contracts

Many long-term care facilities must eliminate arbitration clauses from resident under a new federal rule.  The rule, which takes effect on November 28, 2016, only applies to facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid.  However, additional facilities may experience pressure from consumers or state regulators to follow suit. The new rule prohibits all pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements. It was adopted due to concern that individuals moving into senior housing or long-term care facilities may be especially…
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Employment Policies Cannot Prohibit Employees from Discussing their Wages with their Co-Workers

A new Maryland law went into effect on October 1, 2016 that prohibits employers from making pay decisions based upon an employee’s sex or gender indemnity.  In furtherance of the purpose of the newly enacted Maryland Equal Pay for Equal Work Act of 2016 (“Act”), an employer cannot restrict their employees from talking about their salaries.   In particular, an employer is not allowed to prohibit its employees from inquiring about, discussing, or disclosing their wages…
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A “Savings Plan” for Your Records

It is a challenge to declutter and throw things away.  After all, we think that what now looks like clutter may be useful someday. Just as a person might develop a hoarding disorder that interferes with his or her life, a company, also, can fall victim to keeping too many records too long so that they interfere with the company’s business. Records can take over company offices and off-site storage locations when in paper form…
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