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COVID-19 Vaccinations Mean A More Productive Workforce And A Tax Credit For Business Owners

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The good news is that more than 29 percent of the population of Maryland and more than a quarter of the population of the District of Columbia is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The better news is that both Maryland and DC still have plenty of vaccine doses left to distribute. One out of every… Read More »

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How To Incentivize Your Employees To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

By all accounts, Maryland has done a commendable job of making COVID-19 vaccines available and reopening businesses for in-person activities. Still, the number of new vaccine doses being administered nationwide has plateaued. Currently, about a third of the population of the United States is fully vaccinated, which is encouraging, but hardly enough to achieve… Read More »

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Section 1031 Is Changing: What Is Next For Tax Deferred Real Estate Exchanges?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Depending on which factors you pay attention to, investing in real estate is either one of the riskiest or one of the least risky investments you can make. On the one hand, there is always demand for real estate, and the real estate market always recovers after setbacks. It is unlikely to tank irreversibly,… Read More »

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The Inheritance Rights Of Former Spouses

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

With only one exception, you, as the testator of your will, have the final decision about how much, if anything, each of your relatives will inherit from your estate. Only your spouse has the right to claim an elective share of your estate, thus overriding the provisions of your will. If the decedent has… Read More »

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Protecting Your Business From Data Breaches

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Did you hear about the pharmacy that paid a class action settlement to 800 patients whose identifying information got stolen when the pharmacy suffered a cyber-attack? What about the real estate investing company that paid a class action settlement to more than 1500 investors, property owners, and other business contacts who suffered financial losses… Read More »

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How Much Effort Does The Personal Representative Of An Estate Have To Put Into Finding Long-Lost Relatives?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Estate planning lawyers make life a lot easier for the personal representatives of the estates of deceased people. Under ideal circumstances, the decedent will have written a will that lists all the family members and other parties to whom the decedent wishes to bequeath their property. It will also accurately list all of the… Read More »

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What Maryland Business Owners Should Know About The New Corporate Transparency Act

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Along with surprise medical bills, shell corporations could soon be a thing of the past. A shell corporation is a company that appears to belong to no one, sometimes because its dealings are so shady that no one wants to claim responsibility for it. People have set up shell corporations (or perhaps more accurately,… Read More »

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Power-Of-Attorney And Guardianship Are Not The Same, And This Matters During Probate

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

One of the most important decisions you make in estate planning is choosing someone to make legal and financial decisions on your behalf if you become too ill to make your own decisions. A power-of-attorney is a document that authorizes someone else to sign documents to indicate your consent to financial transactions and legal… Read More »

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The Employee Retention Tax Credit Could Help Your Company Save Money

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The COVID-19 pandemic is dragging on into its second year, like a song with a catchy riff that eventually trails off into an endless outro of guitar noodling. The number of new COVID-19 infections is decreasing in most states, more people are getting vaccinated, and there are murmurings that some once-normal activities might be… Read More »

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When Interested Parties Disagree About The Value Of An Estate

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The tabloid headlines light up whenever a probate dispute rises over a wealthy man’s estate, especially if the parties to the dispute are the decedent’s widow and his daughter from a previous marriage. Gossip columnists love to speculate about how the feud between the two women actually began; they often attribute it to decades-old… Read More »

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