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Maximize Your Social Security Payments

Maximize Your Social Security Payments

Maximize Your Social Security Payments If you’re considering filing for your social security benefits, this article shares five ways to ensure you get the biggest possible check.   If you’re considering filing for your social security benefits, here are five ways to ensure you get the biggest possible check: 1. Patience pays off. The longer […]

Your Rights in the Workplace

Your Rights in the Workplace

The rights of employees working in Maryland are protected by federal, state and local laws, as well as by common law through the actions for breach of contract, and intentional and negligent unlawful acts. Most of the federal, state, and local statutes are enforced primarily by specific agencies. Common law claims must be entered through […]

Traffic Violations in Maryland: What Options are Open to You

Traffic Violations in Maryland: What Options are Open to You

You’re driving down the highway, oblivious to the speed limit, until you look in your rearview mirror. Those flashing red lights are meant for you – the driver who has allegedly violated the traffic laws. As you wait for the police officer to issue the traffic ticket, you may wonder what options are open to […]

Are same-sex partners eligible for Family Abuse?

Are same-sex partners eligible for Family Abuse?

Yes, with some restrictions. Family Abuse protective orders (see VA Code 16.1-279.1*) are available only against a “family or household member” as that term is defined in VA Code 16.1-228, which includes couples who have “cohabited” together within the past 12 months. The statute does not specifically define the word “cohabit,” but courts have generally […]

Contingencies to Include in Your House Purchase Contract

Contingencies to Include in Your House Purchase Contract

The standard home purchase contract lists several conditions that must be met before the closing will take place, covering issues like financing, inspections, insurance, and more. These conditions are called “contingencies.” They’re important both to give you an out if, for example, your financing falls through or other uncontrollable events or discoveries create barriers to […]

You May Deduct the Payroll Taxes of Your Employees

You May Deduct the Payroll Taxes of Your Employees

Running a small business involves keeping up with many legal obligations. Deducting payroll taxes from the salaries and wages of employees is one of these obligations. An employer that fails to collect or pay payroll taxes properly may be subject to significant penalties and fines. Different Types of Employment Taxes Payroll taxes are the taxes […]

Medical Records: Privacy Issues

Medical Records: Privacy Issues

There is a federal law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that gives you the right to keep your health information private. HIPAA and some state laws affect how your health information can be used or shared. What Are Your Rights? Health care providers and health insurers who are required to follow HIPAA […]

What Happens if You Walk Away?

What Happens if You Walk Away?

If you are “underwater” on your mortgage – that is, you owe more on your home than it is currently worth on the market – you may be tempted to just walk away. Although your lender can’t force you to stay in your home, there will be financial consequences if you walk out on your […]

Kids as Young as 12 Can Be Tried as Adults for Murder

Kids as Young as 12 Can Be Tried as Adults for Murder

A 12-year-old girl has been charged with murder after she and two older friends allegedly carjacked a man in Durham, N.C., shot him, and left him for dead in the street. Three Murder Charges The 12-year old, along with a girl aged 14 and a boy aged 16, asked 35-year-old Johnny Danilo Villatoro for a […]