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Preparing For Retirement Means Putting Away The Trappings Of Your Working Life

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

It feels liberating to get rid of something because you have happily moved onto another stage of your life.  Donating the crib from your children’s bedroom to the Goodwill because your youngest child is old enough for a big kid bed feels like a victory, and so does trashing your shower caddy and mesh… Read More »

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A Business Law Attorney Can Be The Antidote To Your Entrepreneurial Exuberance

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The best business partner is someone whose thought processes line up closely with yours.  “Opposites attract” does not usually apply to business partnerships; to borrow an idea from an old Freakonomics podcast, Bert and Ernie might get along well as friends and roommates, but if they embarked on a business venture together, not only… Read More »

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What If Facebook Paid All The Invoices Owed To Your Small Business?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If your small business remained profitable during the COVID-19 pandemic which has dragged on for the past year and a half, there is a good chance that Facebook has helped you accomplish this.  Social media provides versatile ways for small businesses to connect with customers even before the pandemic hit, and during the long… Read More »

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Maryland Just Made It Harder For Married People To Find Loopholes By Which To Disinherit Their Spouses

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Marriage has always been an economic partnership, but recent generations have seen more variation from one couple to another in terms of how married couples join their finances or keep them separate.  One would think that getting married late in life would mean having enough life experience to have an honest discussion about which… Read More »

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Biden Issues Executive Order Targeting Unfair Use Of Non-Compete Clauses

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order aimed at curbing 72 business practices he deemed detrimental to fair market competition and to the rights of workers.  One of these actions is the improper use of non-compete clauses, which are very prevalent in employment contracts.  The text of the executive order… Read More »

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Is “Early Inheritance” A Good Estate Planning Strategy?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Estate planning lawyers and financial planners may have given you the counterintuitive advice of spending or giving away as much of your assets as you can while you are alive.  Yes, you need to save enough to provide for your own needs in your old age, but what do you do if you could… Read More »

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Business Law Attorneys Can Help Maryland Student Athletes Wishing To Receive Compensation For Their Name, Image, And Likeness

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Why is college so expensive?  All of that money certainly isn’t going to professors, and, contrary to what some op-eds about the ridiculous price of a college education would have you believe, most universities don’t have theme park-grade lazy rivers on campus.  Part of the reason is that college sports is big business.  The… Read More »

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How Businesses Can Protect Themselves Against Wrongful Termination Of Employment Lawsuits

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Maryland’s at-will employment laws make it possible for employers to terminate the employment of any employee for any reason, unless the employee has a written contract saying that their job is guaranteed to last until a certain date.  Most of the time, when an employer terminates an employee’s job, it is either because of… Read More »

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Review Your Franchise Agreement With A Lawyer Before You Sign

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Most of the time, operating a franchise location of a chain restaurant is a sweet deal; it is easy to get started and easy to expand.  The franchise agreement delineates which business decisions belong to you, the franchisee, and which ones belong to the franchisor, the company that owns the entire chain.  For example,… Read More »

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How To Tank Your Estate Plan: Parent PLUS Loans

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Not all parents take the same approach to estate planning, but everyone who has children takes their children into account when developing an estate plan.  Some live well below their means while dreaming of leaving a generous inheritance for their children and grandchildren.  Others maximize their annual gift tax exclusion and set up revocable… Read More »

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