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Saturday Side Hustle: The Brand

“What’s in a name?” asked Shakespeare. What? Indeed. Some of us were given cool names by our parents, like “Stone” Gossard (sorry, I do enjoy some Pearl Jam). Others, not so much. Consider names such as Farrokh Bulsara (Freddie Mercury), Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (The Weeknd), Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar (Cardi B) and Reginald Kenneth Dwight (Elton…

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Alternatives To Court

Litigation can be scary and expensive, emotionally as well as financially. But you do not necessarily have to go to Court to resolve issues in a divorce. The first step in determining how best to proceed is to discuss your options with experienced counsel who specialize in family law. Family law is a unique area…

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Should Have Used Certified Checks

It has been a while since I have written about estate tax issues, but Estate of William E. Demuth, Jr., T.C. Memo. 2022-072, T.C.M. (July 12, 2022) highlights the potential benefits and pitfalls of deathbed transfers. While the motivation in Demuth was estate tax avoidance, the same rationale applies in non-taxable estates in states with high probate…

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Friday Factoid Quiz: Eco-Friendly Brands

Many consumers gravitate to brands that protect the environment. While many companies merely pay lip service to eco-friendly causes and initiatives, several companies go much further to promote environmental stewardship. In honor of these companies, test your knowledge of these “green” brands:

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Big Changes May Be Coming to Maryland’s Cannabis Program

Presently, Maryland’s cannabis program permits the sale of medical cannabis to patients. However, a referendum on the ballot this November will allow Maryland voters to decide whether to expand the state’s cannabis program to include recreational use sales. Recent polls indicate that a majority of Maryland’s potential voters support the legalization of adult-use cannabis. If…

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Overturning Roe v. Wade : Potential Effects on the Workforce (Not a Political Speech)

I started thinking of some questions which might occur in the employment context after Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned Roe v. Wade and all cases following it since 1973. Here are a few. Are people protected from employment discrimination if they end or refuse to end a pregnancy? The Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Title VII…

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Is It Possible to Get a Divorce Without Fighting about Everything in Court?

Going to court to have a judge decide everything in your case is often believed to be a necessary step in the divorce process. It’s depicted this way in several well-known movies and television shows. It’s also a popular topic of conversation among those who have experienced the worst divorces as they try to warn…

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Time to Care Act

The Time to Care Act has passed, and beginning on January 1, 2025, most Maryland employees can apply for paid leave from a state fund. Fortunately, while this law took effect June 1, 2022, it isn’t functional until October 1, 2023, when employee and employer contributions start, and employees will not be eligible to take…

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M&A Nuggets: Be Prepared … for Due Diligence, Before You Seek to Sell Part 2 – Change of Control Clauses

    This is Part 2 of a series on steps business sellers should take to make sure their house is in order before going to market. During the due diligence process, purchasers investigate whether any of the seller’s contracts requires the consent of the other party to the contract to the sale of the…

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OK at Work: Supporting Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace

This week on OK at Work, Sarah Sawyer and Russell Berger discuss how employers can support employees who may be suffering from mental health challenges and employers’ obligations regarding mental health-related disability accommodation requests. One only needs to turn on the tv or scroll their news feeds to see that many external factors may impact…

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