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Maryland’s RELIEF Act Includes a Sales Tax Credit for Small Businesses Adversely Affected by the Pandemic

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Spring is almost here, the snow is melting, and everyone is starting to panic about tax season. Filing business taxes is never easy, and even the most well-organized small business owners often get an unpleasant surprise when they meet with a tax accountant about their business taxes. Clickbait authors know that headlines about quadruple-digit… Read More »

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How a Business Law Attorney Can Help You Prevent Business Litigation

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Many small business owners only contact a lawyer when they have a big problem. A former client or former employee is threatening to sue the company, a bigger company is giving you the choice of letting it buy you out for a paltry sum or else putting you out of business through heavy-handed competition,… Read More »

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How to Claim an Elective Share of Your Spouse’s Estate If Your Spouse Had Complex Business Interests

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Maryland law allows married people to leave as much or as little property to their spouses as they choose in their wills. This means that, just because you are married, you can still choose to leave your entire estate to your siblings, your children from a previous marriage, a favorite charity, or anyone else. … Read More »

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Blockchain Could Make Real Estate Transactions Safer and Less Expensive

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When many of us hear the word “blockchain,” the first image that comes to mind is that of shady dealings in mysterious cryptocurrencies that are linked to no precious metals, no banknotes, and no governments. The only identities are pseudonyms and alphanumeric codes long enough even to confound people who know hundreds of digits… Read More »

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Be Careful How You Word Your Declaration of Trust

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Even if you are very early in the research and brainstorming phase of your estate planning process, you have probably given more than a passing thought to setting up a trust. Living trusts, which are set up during your lifetime, and testamentary trusts, the establishment of which is provided for in your will, make… Read More »

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Beyond PPP: The New Stimulus Bill Contains Other Forgivable Loan Options for Small Businesses

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The new COVID-19 pandemic relief bill is thousands of pages long, but a few aspects of it have attracted the lion’s share of the media coverage. Which individuals will get another round of direct stimulus payments? How much money will these payments be, and how soon will they be in people’s bank accounts? Small… Read More »

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Good News for PPP Borrowers: A Simplified Loan Forgiveness Application and a More Streamlined Application Process

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The COVID-19 virus may be here to stay, but 2021 is a new year that provides new opportunities to confront the pandemic from a public health perspective as well as an economic one. So far, there are reasons to be optimistic, as several vaccines have been approved and, across the DC area, many people… Read More »

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You Might Qualify for a Targeted EIDL Grant, but Applying for One Will Not Help

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Waiting, uncertainty, and making decisions based on “what ifs” have taken up a large percentage of small business owners’ time during the COVID-19 pandemic. So much depends on what the federal government decides about the next short-term solution to the economic instability brought on by the pandemic. As more and more people get vaccinated… Read More »

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Uncertainty Over PPP Loan Forgiveness Is Disruptive to Everyone, Not Just Loan Recipients

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Whether or not you own a small business, you are probably very relieved that 2020 is over, and you probably can’t wait to get started on your plans for 2021. In 2020, business owners and employees alike were in survival mode, making the best decisions to get them through the next few weeks, with… Read More »

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Should Your Business Go into Hibernation for the COVID-19 Winter?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Some businesses have hibernation (or estivation, as the case may be) built into their business model. The ice cream parlors and fudge shops in seaside towns virtually anywhere north of Ocean City are only open in the summer. Likewise, ski slopes are only open in the winter, as are glass-roofed hotels in Arctic regions… Read More »

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