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Maryland’s Top Court Upholds and Explains Parental Waivers

As many businesses shift their seasonal focus to summer activities and services, it is helpful to know whether and to what extent the ubiquitous waivers signed by parents on behalf of their minor children, usually as a condition to participation, are enforceable. The Maryland Court of Appeals recently clarified the state of the law in…

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Attorneys’ Fee-Shifting Clauses, Gladly Entered Into, May Come Back to Cost You

Fee-shifting clauses, enabling the prevailing party in a contract dispute to push its legal bills onto the other party, are subject to wide-ranging interpretation by courts. This provision, though popular, deserves a second look before you sign a contract or enter into litigation over a contract that has one in it. Landlords, tenants, and any…

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Death and Taxes to Persist, But Less Expensively

Next year the cost of dying in Maryland will drop, and keep dropping, for people with Maryland estates of more than $1 million. After years of resisting the trend among states, the Maryland legislature acted in this most recent session to reduce local estate taxes gradually over the next five years until the state exemption…

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Law Links: Welcome to the Jungle

Firm partner, William McComas will be presenting at Law Links, a summer internship program for high school students around the state. The topic of the seminar, “Welcome to the Jungle” will explore issues in technology law including cyberbullying, intellectual property, and other emerging and converging technology law issues on the web. As one of Maryland’s leading…

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William McComas to Speak at a National Business Institute Seminar

Bowie & Jensen partner, William McComas will be speaking at National Business Institute seminar in June.  Helping Your Client Buy or Sell a Small-to-Medium Sized Business This upcoming seminar will focus on how to effectively negotiate and structure buy-sell agreements. It will provide detailed instructions on transactional procedures from start to finish in mergers and acquisitions. The…

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Construction Law: Mechanic’s Liens in Maryland – The Basics – Updated

Here is an updated refresher on the basics of mechanic’s liens in Maryland for contractors, subcontractors, and owners.  Each party to a construction project should know the basics of mechanic’s liens in Maryland, including the timing of bringing forth a claim, notice requirements to the parties, and other considerations. The following list consists of some…

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Maddrix, LLC is NSCAP Accredited

Congratulations to Maddrix, LLC on their inclusion in the inaugural class of companies accredited by the National Security Agency (NSA) in cyber incident response. Maddrix, LLC successfully met the National Security Cyber Assistance Program (NSCAP) accreditation criteria for the Cyber Incident Response Assistance (CIRA) services. The NSCAP accreditation is designed to meet the growing needs of…

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Maryland Construction Trust Statute – Establishing Individual Liability Against an Owner or Director

The Maryland Construction Trust Statute (“Trust Statute”) provides another avenue in which subcontractors can obtain payment for work performed and materials furnished. Essentially, the Trust Statute requires general contractors to remit payment to subcontractors if the general contractor has been paid for the subcontractor’s work by the owner. If found in violation of the Trust…

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