NEWSLETTER : August 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

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017
PK Law attorneys Kimberly L. Battaglia and Cheryl A. Jones host regular estate planning and elder law seminars in the PK Law Seminar Room Continue reading

New Tax Credit for Student Loan Debt – Time Sensitive!

By: Cheryl A. Jones, Esquire               Are you a Maryland resident? Do you have student loan debt? Well, good news – you may be eligible for a new tax credit on your 2017 tax return!               The Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit went into effect on July 1, 2017, and provides that qualifying Maryland residents may be eligible for up to $5,000 of a state income tax credit to help them pay down their … Continue reading

PK Law’s August Insurance Insights – Focusing On Our Fury Friends

PK Law’s Insurance Group’s August Insurance Insights focuses on our canine companions and Maryland’s strident efforts to increase protections against animal cruelty with the passing of several new laws that will go into effect on October 1, 2017.   Next month’s issue will focus on enhanced underinsured motorist coverage and how the new Maryland law, which goes into effect October 1, 2017, affects insurers, insurance producers and consumers.  Interested in having PK Law’s Insurance Insights delivered monthly … Continue reading

Are You Ready for the New Partnership Audit Regime?

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (129 Stat. 584, Public Law 114–74, Nov. 2, 2015, H.R. 1314) (the “Act”) contains a new partnership audit regime the implementation of which will begin for audits of partnership tax returns for years beginning on or after January 1, 2018. Even though such audits may not occur until years after the January 1 date, partners and their partnerships, ought to begin immediately to consider amendment of partnership agreements to … Continue reading

DOL Reinstates the Issuance of Opinion Letters

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced it will reinstate the issuance of opinion letters (the “letters”), a practice not followed since 2010. The letters allow the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) to provide guidance to covered employers and employees. An opinion letter is issued by the WHD in response to employer inquiries about how the law should be interpreted in specific circumstances. Opinion letters can be opinion letters from … Continue reading

Business, Partnership and Estate and Trust Tax Returns and Identity Theft

In Fact Sheet 2017-10 issued by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) on July 25, 2017, “Information on Identity Theft for Business, Partnerships and Estate and Trusts”, the IRS points out that business, partnerships and estate and trust filers are “increasingly targeted by national and international criminal syndicates who use stolen data to file fraudulent tax returns for refunds.” The IRS notes a sharp increase in the number of fraudulent Forms 1120, 1120S and 1041 as … Continue reading

PK Law’s August HR Tip – Website Accessibility

PK Law’s August HR Tip explores website accessibility.  Is YOUR website compliant?  Interested in receiving PK Law’s monthly HR Tip?  Sign up HERE. August HR Tip

Statutory Duties to consider in Underwriting (including some that deal with animals)

By:  Patricia McHugh Lambert, Esquire Keep in mind that statutes or ordinances can be a source of a duty of care towards members of a specific class. See, e.g., Kiriakos v. Phillips, 448 Md. at 495, 139 A.3d 1006 (concluding that a social host owes a duty to persons injured as a result of a minor’s underage drinking, where a statute provided that “an adult may not knowingly and willfully allow an individual under the … Continue reading

Who Will Take Care of Your Pet After Your Death?

By:  Patricia McHugh Lambert, Esquire Have you ever wondered who will take care of your pet after your death? Maryland has a pet trust law allowing owners to set aside funds for their pet’s care and to provide for a care taking system for their pet. By way of the pet trust, a caregiver is appointed and at least one backup caregiver is designated. Depending on the age and life expectancy of the pet, additional … Continue reading

Efforts Toward an Animal Abuse Registry

By:  Kayleigh Toth Keilty, Esquire Similar to other abuse registries, animal advocates have been petitioning legislatures to initiate an “animal abuse registry,” which would identify past animal abuse and cruelty law offenders. This year, Senator James N. Mathias, Jr. was the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 84 which sought to establish the Maryland Animal Abuse Registry through the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Specifically, the bill sought a requirement that all persons convicted … Continue reading

Raising a Paw to Recent Animal Law Efforts in Maryland

By:  Kayleigh Toth Keilty, Esquire Whoever said that a diamond is a girl’s best friend never had a dog. Within the first few minutes of every conversation, professional or personal, the person I am speaking with always casually, or sometimes intentionally, mentions their beloved dog, cat, horse, you name it, then proceeds to whip out his or her smart phone to display hundreds of almost identical photos. Personally, this is reassuring because I now know … Continue reading

PK Law Attorney Kayleigh Toth Keilty Named Daily Record VIP

PK Law Attorney Kayleigh Toth Keilty was recently named to the Daily Record’s VIP List.  The  VIP list recognizes Maryland’s leaders who are 40 years old or younger based on their professional accomplishments, community service and a commitment to inspiring change. They are selected by an outside panel of judges, including previous winners and business leaders. Kayleigh focuses her litigation practice primarily in areas of commercial business disputes, civil litigation and insurance defense in the … Continue reading