NEWSLETTER : October 2017

Estate Planning and Elder Law Seminar To Discuss Wills, Trusts & Elder Law

Upcoming Seminar Dates: Thursday, March 22, 2018 (Towson Office) PK Law attorney Cheryl A. Jones  hosts regular estate planning and elder law seminars in the PK Law Seminar Room located at the Towson office. There is no fee for the seminar. Simply reserve a spot at least one week in advance. The seminars begin at 10:00 a.m. and last approximately one hour. Your questions will be answered and informational materials will be given out. Estate Planning Attorney Cheryl A. Jones will discuss: Trusts vs. … Continue reading

Estate Planning and Elder Law Seminar To Discuss Wills, Trusts & Elder Law

Upcoming Seminar Dates: Thursday, February 22, 2018 (Towson Office) Thursday, March 22, 2018 (Towson Office) PK Law attorney Cheryl A. Jones  hosts regular estate planning and elder law seminars in the PK Law Seminar Room located at the Towson office. There is no fee for the seminar. Simply reserve a spot at least one week in advance. The seminars begin at 10:00 a.m. and last approximately one hour. Your questions will be answered and informational materials will be given out. Estate Planning Attorney Cheryl … Continue reading

Estate Planning and Elder Law Seminar To Discuss Wills, Trusts & Elder Law – Columbia Office!

  Thursday, January 18, 2018 (Columbia Office)  PK Law attorney Cheryl A. Jones  will host an estate planning and elder law seminars in the PK Law Columbia office, 10500 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 650 Columbia, MD 21044 on Thursday, January 18, 2018. There is no fee for the seminar. Simply reserve a spot. The seminars begin at 10:00 a.m. and last approximately one hour. Your questions will be answered and informational materials will be given out. Estate Planning Attorney Cheryl A. Jones will discuss: … Continue reading

Estate Planning and Elder Law Seminar To Discuss Wills, Trusts & Elder Law

Upcoming Seminar Dates: Thursday, November 16, 2017 (Towson Office) Thursday, January 18, 2018 (Columbia Office) Thursday, February 22, 2018 (Towson Office) Thursday, March 22, 2018 (Towson Office) PK Law attorney Cheryl A. Jones  hosts regular estate planning and elder law seminars in the PK Law Seminar Room located at the Towson office. There is no fee for the seminar. Simply reserve a spot at least one week in advance. The seminars begin at 10:00 a.m. and last approximately one hour. Your questions will be … Continue reading

The Waiting Game

The Trump administration and Congress have begun consideration of “tax reform” or, as many pundits have declared, “tax cuts”.  Now, the “waiting game” begins to see just what form this consideration of revisions to the Internal Revenue Code will take.  However, even Warren Buffett, the “Oracle of Omaha” has indicated that stock sellers who have capital gains should wait to see the outcome of tax proposals. This year, more than ever, year-end tax planning is … Continue reading

PK Law Attorney Cheryl Jones Presents Elder Law and Estate Planning Basics

PK Law Estate Planning Cheryl Jones educating social workers and case managers on Elder Law and Estate Planning Basics with information to reassure and guide families on best practices for paying for a nursing facility, protecting the family home and other assets, and qualify for Medicaid (on the first attempt). Cheryl also explained the importance of having basic estate planning documents such as a will, power of attorney, healthcare directive and MOLST in place.  The … Continue reading

PK Law Hosts BCBA Pro Bono Reception

PK Law had the pleasure of, once again, hosting the Baltimore County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Reception to acknowledge and celebrate the pro bono contribution of attorneys to the citizens of Baltimore County.  Congratulations to this year’s BCBA Pro Bono Award winner Marty Voelkel-Hanssen.

Deciding Not To Look Away: Ethics v. Compliance

By:  Patricia McHugh Lambert, Esquire For most of us, we do not get into trouble for intentionally doing something wrong.  We do not steal. We do not commit fraud.  We do not hurt people on purpose.  But, if we are truthful with ourselves, we have sometimes looked away and then backed away when we saw someone else doing something that troubled us. Troublesome acts are often ordinary.  A businessman looks away when he sees a … Continue reading

“Technically Speaking” – the Do’s and Don’ts of the New Maryland Electronic Filing Rules

By:  Jennifer L. Harris, Esquire Currently 13 out of 24 counties in Maryland require electronic filing.  Effective August 1, 2017, the Court’s Standing Committee of Rules of Practice and Procedure (the “Rules Committee”) revised the electronic filing rules to be slightly more “technical.”  While electronic filing typically felt more “safe” than the traditional filing methods, the Rules Committee has now tightened security. Confirmed by the Maryland Court of Appeals, new deficiency electronic filing rules will … Continue reading

The Rise of Split Claims in Wrongful Death/Survival Cases

By:  Robert S. Campbell, Esq. Recently, in Spangler v. McQuitty, 449 Md. 33 (2016), the Maryland Court of Appeals examined the interplay between an injured person’s injury claim/survival action and the claims of beneficiaries under Maryland’s Wrongful Death Act. While the Court acknowledged that a wrongful death action was derivative of the injured person’s action, the Court held that Maryland’s Wrongful Death Act is a separate and distinct action for the injured person’s beneficiaries. The … Continue reading

Drafting Maryland Liability Releases

By:  Robert S. Campbell, Esq. The drafting of liability releases has always been complicated and recent legal developments in Maryland have made such drafting even more complicated.   Some non-exhaustive things to think about when drafting liability releases include: JOINT TORT-FEASOR STATUS: Under the Maryland Uniform Contribution Among Joint Tort-Feasors Act, Cts. & Jud. Proc. I § 3-1401 et seq., the concept of a “joint tort-feasor” is derived from the notion that a single injury can … Continue reading

Another Great Year for PK Law at BCDA’s Sr. Expo

PK Law’s Wealth Preservation Group talked to attendees and passed out information about estate planning and elder law services at the 2017 Baltimore County Department of Aging’s Sr. Expo at the Timonium Fairgrounds.  

PK Law Hosts HVBF Event

PK Law hosted a lively bunch for the Hunt Valley Business Forum’s (HVBF)  breakfast event Under 40:  How To Get The Most Out of Your Networking with Greg Peirce of SPARKS! Marketing Communications.    

Obama’s Proposed Overtime Rule is Overruled

As you may recall, in 2016 the Department of Labor issued a new overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In nutshell, the new rule raised the salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime from $455/ week ($23,660.00) to $913/ week ($47,476.00). The new rule was scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016; however, prior to the new rule taking effect a federal court in Texas issued a nationwide temporary injunction. While … Continue reading

Four “Red Flags” Schools Should Address in Title IX Sexual Violence Policies

By: Jennifer Ciarrocchi, Esquire On September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education issued new Interim Title IX Guidance providing Questions and Answers on Title IX sexual violence. Significantly, the new guidance withdraws the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague letter and the April 29, 2014 Questions and Answers that the Department of Education previously issued. As the 2011 and 2014 guidance were the basis for sweeping reforms many schools made to their existing Title IX … Continue reading