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OSHA Reporting Rule Takes Effect

Posted on: Friday, April 21st, 2017 @ 9:44 am

On December 1, 2016, OSHA began enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions of its new and controversial Reporting Rule. Beyond mere reporting, the Reporting Rule contains provisions designed to prevent employers from retaliating or discouraging employees from reporting injuries. Under these so-called anti-retaliation provisions employers must inform their employees of their right to be free of …

What happens to the family dog after a divorce? This article can help you understand how courts decide on the custody of a family pet.

Posted on: Friday, April 21st, 2017 @ 9:27 am

When couples get divorced, children are not the only ones who can get caught in custody disputes. Fights over other members of the family — beloved pets — can be equally acrimonious. Courts have traditionally treated pets as personal property in such cases, but that is starting to shift as some state lawmakers and advocacy …

A lot of thought and planning goes into filing for bankruptcy. The cost and fees of filing is not something to overlook. This article takes an in-depth look at the 2017 filing rates.

Posted on: Friday, April 21st, 2017 @ 9:23 am

Bankruptcy is becoming much less taboo in today’s society. It is no secret that many middle class Americans face financial hardship. In fact, nearly half of this cohort would be hard-pressed to come up with $400 in an emergency. These struggles, often coupled with mounting levels of debt, lead many to consider filing for bankruptcy. …

Recent Case Summaries

Posted on: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

-Complex business litigation with multiple defendants and cross claims was filed in circuit court and district court over breach of an oral contract for services and the sale of a business. Settlement was achieved at mediation for $80,000.00. -Plaintiff was assaulted under supervision at an adult care center. Plaintiff filed suit in for several issues, …

Solo/Small Firm Succession Planning Presentation

Posted on: Monday, September 26th, 2016 @ 10:34 am

On September 14, 2016, Chester H. Hobbs, IV presented information on Solo/Small Firm Succession Planning to the Estates and Trusts Committee of the Baltimore County Bar Association. Mr. Hobbs’ presentation provided critical information to attorneys on how to properly and successfully transition their firms into a new phase. Attendees provided excellent feedback on his presentation …

“Trusts from A to Z” National Business Institute Seminar

Posted on: Monday, September 26th, 2016 @ 10:27 am

On July 20, 2016, Chester H. Hobbs, IV spoke at the National Business Institute Seminar on “Trusts from A to Z” in Hagerstown, MD. As a guest speaker, Mr. Hobbs spoke about different trusts and the importance of providing all available information to clients as they set up future trusts. Mr. Hobbs also covered the …

5 Employment Laws You Do Not Want to Break: Entrepreneur

Posted on: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 @ 4:41 pm

Do not label independent contractors as employees. It can be tempting to designate workers as independent contractors. After all, you don’t pay contractors overtime wages or benefits, nor do you have to remit payroll taxes on their earnings as you would for an employee. All of these extra things are very expensive for employers and …

Debtor’s Life Insurance Policy Belongs to Bankruptcy Estate: Bloomberg BNA

Posted on: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 @ 4:26 pm

The cash surrender value of a debtor’s life insurance policy is part of the bankruptcy estate, a district court in Georgia held May 16. Judge J. Randal Hall of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia looked to Georgia state law, and affirmed the bankruptcy court’s conclusion that the life insurance policy …

4 Things Debt Collectors Can’t Do: Credit Karma

Posted on: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

It’s a call you never want to receive: A debt collector pursuing payments from you. But why are you being contacted? A debt collector may try to reach you if you haven’t been able to keep up with your bills or if a creditor incorrectly believes that you’re behind on payments. When it comes to …