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Challenges Faced By Medical Cannabis Businesses In Maryland

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Millennials have seen policies and public opinion regarding cannabis change dramatically in our lifetimes.  When we were in elementary school, it was “drugs are bad, and marijuana is a drug.”  Today, more than half of the states in the United States have medical cannabis programs, including Maryland.  The first legal grow operations and cannabis… Read More »

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House Of Representatives Passes Relief Funding Bill For Small Businesses

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Mask mandates may be a thing of the past, and getting ready to shift your work environment from in-person to virtual and back on short notice may be the new normal, but for small businesses, the pandemic ennui drags on, and rising prices and stagnant wages are not helping.  This problem is especially burdensome… Read More »

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Is Your Healthcare Business In Compliance With The No Surprises Act?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

At the beginning of 2022, the No Surprises Act took effect.  This law aims to reduce the burden of unexpected medical bills on consumers.  According to the new law, when a patient seeks treatment on an emergency basis, all the providers who dealt with the patient during the emergency visit and hospitalization (if any)… Read More »

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The Reluctant Personal Representative Of A Family Member’s Estate

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Estate planning lawyers always advised people to name someone they trust as personal representative of their estate and to notify that person as soon as they write the will, if not sooner.  The more the testator and the intended personal representative talk about the estate plan during the testator’s lifetime, the better.  Losing a… Read More »

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Maryland Doctor’s Office Pays $286,000 Settlement In Fraudulent Billing Lawsuit

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

You can’t please all the people all the time, and this is just as true for businesses as for individuals.  Complaints about your business practices or the actions of people associated with your company are almost an inevitable part of doing business.  Some people find it stressful to deal with angry emails from dissatisfied… Read More »

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Bringing Your Restaurant Back To Life After The COVID Restrictions Have Been Lifted

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

After what feels like an eternity, masks are optional in the District of Columbia, and in-person dining is back in full swing.  Restaurant owners and their employees are eager to get back to work, and customers are more than happy to dine in, but the financial struggles that the pandemic exacerbated continue to linger. … Read More »

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Getting Out Of A Non-Compete Agreement: A Guide For Doctors

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Moving on from an employment relationship where your employer required you to sign a non-compete agreement can feel a lot like trying to move on from your life after a divorce while your ex-spouse follows you around, determined to second guess your every decision until your youngest child graduates from high school.  In the… Read More »

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Investors’ Share Of Residential Real Estate Purchases Is Nearing A Record High, But The DC Metro Area Is Not The Center Of The Action

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Investing in real estate is not an easy way to get rich quick, despite how some ads on the Internet might make it sound.  It is, however, a solid business idea; after all, there is always demand for housing.  As house prices rise and the job market continues to reel from pandemic-related uncertainty, more… Read More »

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Maryland Legislators Continue Their Quest For Employer-Provided Paid Family And Medical Leave

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Even if your children are grown up, you probably remember the go-to topics that you would discuss when your children were small and you met someone else with a child close in age to yours.  Depending on the children’s age, preschool routines, toilet training, first words, and adorable gummy grins probably came up frequently,… Read More »

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Unmarried Couples Can Never Be Too Specific About Bequeathing Assets To Each Other

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In many regards, marriage is just a piece of paper.  Married couples and unmarried couples are more alike than different.  You live together and share life experiences, manage finances together and build relationships with each other’s family of origin, and perhaps even have children of your own together.  Most of the time, society treats… Read More »

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