Don’t Put Your Tax Returns Away Until You Do This!

by Dave Gormley | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 6 minutes

You did it! The taxes are done. It is tempting to shove it all in a file cabinet and forget about it until next year. Don’t do that – yet. Have you ever looked at all that information in your taxes? You should! It can be very valuable if you want to get healthy –…

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Two new federal laws take effect April 1, 2020. Both were created in response to the Covid-19 threat on March 18, 2020. Both provide significant new protections for employees. And, predictably, both are confusing and unclear! Our firm does not handle employment law cases, but since these laws are of great interest to many of…

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Is Your Kid’s Online Gaming Currency Taxable?

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: < 1 minute

Well it almost was! In some real “news of the weird” from the IRS, they recently removed a piece of guidance from October 2019 that attempted to tax in game currency like Fortnight Vbucks and Roblox’s Robux. If you don’t know what those are, ask a 12 year old. They are online game currency you…

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Do I Need to Write Out 2020?

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Last month the internet was awash with legal advice to be sure and write out 2020 on all of your checks and legal documents this year. Was all of that internet baloney? Or was this legit legal advice? The idea is that if you only write “20” for the year when you date legal items,…

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Knock! Knock! It’s the IRS!

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 2 minutes

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From our friends at Askey, Askey & Associates, CPA’s, we find out that the IRS recently announced they will be sending revenue officers to make unannounced visits to the homes of those with significant ongoing tax compliance issues. What could go wrong! The IRS says this will only happen to those who have failed to…

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Insurance You Need (And Some You Don’t)

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 7 minutes

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Do you really know what insurance you need to cover you? Do you know what level of coverage will properly protect you? What if caused a car accident and the other person sued you? What if another person with no insurance (or too little insurance) caused an accident that injured you? What if your house…

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Surviving Jury Duty

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 4 minutes

At some point in their lives, every Maryland resident can expect to receive a letter in the mail summoning them to jury duty. Nobody likes having to do it, and no one thinks too much about it until they’re called. Well, what do you do now? In this post, we will explain everything you need…

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Are Private Zoos Legal In Maryland?

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 3 minutes

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Could your neighbor run a private zoo in their backyard like the one in Ohio that made national news the other day? (Note: This post references a major news story from 2011 where an Ohio man owned a bunch of lions & tigers in his private zoo, and he released them before committing suicide. This…

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Drones vs Landowners – What Can You Do?

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 4 minutes

What are the rights of Maryland landowners if a drone flies over your property? What laws do drone operators have to abide by in Maryland? We will tell you what you need to know. I had a drone flying over my property not long ago. I thought it was sort of cool and unique at…

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Can You Record Phone Calls in Maryland?

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 5 minutes

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With all the technology we have at our disposal these days it seems that video and audio recording has become normal. In fact, it seems like our entire lives are being recorded in video or audio form. This may lead you to believe that it is perfectly legal to record another person on a phone…

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