Archive for January 2014

Maryland Construction Law: Retainage Decrease for Contractors

Retainage is required on almost all construction projects.  Retainage in a construction contract allows the developer to withhold a portion of each progress payment to the contractor until the project is complete.  Retainage is basically a form of insurance to the developer because there is a strong financial incentive for the contractor to complete the…

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New Maryland Medicare Waiver Approved

By Mark Jensen The modernized waiver presents Maryland with an opportunity to do great and innovative things in relation to improving the quality of and access to health care and lowering the cost of healthcare. It also presents huge challenges and possibilities for the opportunity to be lost or squandered.

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The ABC's of Restrictive Covenants on Employees

Many misconceptions exist about the efficacy and need for non-disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements, so it is important to keep a few simple facts in mind. A. The Law Prohibits Disclosing Confidential Information Many employers believe they must require employees to sign contracts prohibiting the disclosure or use of the employers’ confidential information and trade…

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Maryland Mechanic’s Liens: The Basics, Updated

In this new installment in our continuing discussion of mechanic’s liens in construction, we update the basics for proper exercise of this most vital right and remedy of contractors and subcontractors. Contractors and subcontractors must understand the basics regarding mechanic’s lien in Maryland in order to ensure they do not unintentionally waive any rights. These…

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Sign the Will Right the First Time; There May Not Be a Next Time

People signing Wills often wonder why the lawyer insists they come to the office to observe archaic-seeming formalities of execution, rather than just let them sign at home. A recent court decision, rejecting an amendment to a Will for failure of witnessing formalities, answers the question. For a Will to be admitted to probate estate…

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No Goal: Contributory Negligence Continues to Bar Recovery in Maryland

Once again, a youth sporting event provides the context for a Maryland legal opinion with potentially wide-ranging ramifications. At issue is the contributory negligence defense, which continues to apply in Maryland, making Maryland one of only a few states that still recognizes this common law doctrine.

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Taking It to the Next Level in Internet Security: EV-SSL Certification

Businesses seeking the most trusted level of security verification for their websites turn increasingly to the Extended Validation Secure Socket Layer (EV-SSL) certificate, which requires a legal opinion verifying certain facts about the business. With consumers and other internet users becoming concerned about theft of personal information over the internet, more website owners are applying…

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