NEWSLETTER : September 2017

Elder Law and Estate Planning Basics For Social Workers

ELDER LAW AND ESTATE PLANNING BASICS Sponsored by: PK Law, BrightStar Care of Baltimore City & County, and Frederick Villa Speaker: Cheryl Jones, Attorney at Law, Elder Law Attorney COURSE DESCRIPTION Seminar will provide Social Workers and Case Managers the tools 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). Seminar will also explain the … Continue reading

Legislation to Provide Equal Tax Treatment for Married Same Sex Couples

By:  Cheryl A. Jones, Esquire On July 13, 2017 Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA-1), joined by other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced H.R. 3234, Refund Equality Act of 2017, which has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.  The bill was also introduced on the Senate side as S. 1564, by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), joined in by other Senators, and referred to the Senate Committee on Finance. The legislation … Continue reading

PK Law Welcomes Five Associates to the Firm

PK Law continues to grow.  Five associates have recently joined the firm, two in the firm’s Medical Malpractice Defense Group and three in the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Group.   Medical Malpractice Defense Megan Anderson is an Associate in PK Law’s Medical Malpractice Defense Group where she focuses her practice on the defense of individual health care providers and the defense of health care institutions.  Prior to joining PK Law Megan practiced for several years … Continue reading

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way?

On August 25, 2017, Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals (the “Court”), visited issues arising from the statute providing for the valid execution, particularly attestation, of a Maryland will based on a statute that had remained largely unchanged since 1798. In Sadie M. Castruccio v. The Estate of Peter A. Castruccio et al., No. 79, September Term, 2016, (Opinion by Getty, J.) the Court held that an otherwise valid will is not invalid merely … Continue reading

PK Law’s September Insurance Insights – Maryland’s New Enhanced Underinsured Motorist Coverage Law

PK Law’s Insurance Group’s September Insurance Insights focuses on Maryland’s new Enhanced Underinsured Motorist Coverage and how the new law, which goes into effect October 1, 2017, affects insurers, insurance producers and consumers.  Next month’s issue will focus on new rules impacting civil litigation in Maryland and offer tips on drafting releases.  Interested in having PK Law’s Insurance Insights delivered monthly to your inbox? Sign Up Now For Email Newsletters you can trust.

PK Law Member Ed O’Meally Best’s Lawyer of the Year for Education Law

Pessin Katz Law, P.A. is pleased to announce that Member Edmund O’Meally was named Best Lawyers® 2018 Lawyer of the Year for the Baltimore area in Education Law.    Mr. O’Meally is a member of the labor and education department at PK Law, and has worked closely with superintendents, boards of education, private schools, and private sector employers for over 33 years on a wide-variety of matters including collective bargaining, employment litigation, student discipline and special education, … Continue reading

Beware: Claims Investigations May Not Be Protected From Disclosure In Maryland

Interested in receiving PK Law’s Insurance Group’s monthly Insurance Insights Newsletter?  Click HERE.   By: Patricia McHugh Lambert, Esquire Insurance companies and lawyers defending insurance companies oftentimes try to shield claims investigations from disclosure during discovery. Oftentimes, the claimed basis for non-disclosure is the work-product privilege.  In light of the recent case of Gioioso, v. Thoroughgood’s Transport LLC, 2017 WL 3726028, claims investigations may have to be revealed unless the appropriate foundational basis for claiming the privilege is … Continue reading

PK Law Attorney Talley H-S Kovacs Giving Back!

Always nice to see our PK Law Attorneys giving back.  Below is PK Law Attorney Talley H-S Kovacs with group of students from University of Maryland Carey Law’s Women, Leadership, and Equality Program. Talley co-taught the two hour class this past week designed to work through Self-Promotion and Communicating with Impact through facilitated, practice-based presentations and discussions. 

PK Law Attorney Kayleigh Keilty Receives VIP Award

PK Law Business Litigation and Insurance Attorney, Kayleigh Keilty received her VIP award at the Daily Record ceremony last evening. 

PK Law’s 2018 Best Lawyers in America

Congratulations to PK Law Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America List Pessin Katz Law (“PK Law”) is pleased to announce the following attorneys have been named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list: David N. Pessin 2006-2018 Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television Sports Law Steven A. Allen 2007-2018 Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Drake Zaharris 2013-2018 Commercial Litigation Insurance Law  Patricia McHugh Lambert 2006-2018 Insurance Law Edmund J. … Continue reading

PK Law Attorneys Ades and Weiner Featured in Daily Record Article

Before bottling beer, brewers need to raise capital By: Tim Curtis Daily Record Business Reporter September 6, 2017   Lauren Ades, attorney with P K Law at Union Craft Brewing in Baltimore. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz) If it seems like another Maryland brewery’s product pops up in the beer fridge at the local liquor store every other week, that’s probably true. But before the neighborhood brewer can begin bottling and selling his own product statewide, he probably needs … Continue reading

Some Recent Tax Developments

Over the past several months there have been a number of tax developments that might affect PK Law readers: As widely reported, there is no “health reform” pending. The repeal of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) would have widely impacted a number of tax issues. Due to taxpayer confusion about making an expensing election for tax years that begin after 2014, the IRS announced that, for any tax year that begins after 2014, a taxpayer … Continue reading

Honesty Is The Best Policy (Especially for Employers)

Interested in receiving PK Law’s Employment Group’s monthly HR Tips?  Click HERE.   By:  Andrew G. Scott, Esquire Inflated, generic, or incomplete performance evaluations plague employers of all stripes.  Ironically, most supervisors provide them to avoid or minimize conflict, but in the end, they often create larger problems.  This is especially true when an employee is later disciplined or terminated for performance-related issues and challenges the adverse action.  The disgruntled employee—and more likely his/her attorney—will likely point … Continue reading