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What, exactly, is an easement?

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Aug 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

What is an Easement? An easement is the legal or equitable right of someone to use the land of another for a specific or special purpose, often to travel over the land in question to reach another area of land.  An easement is a legal right if it was created by a legal instrument, like a deed. A...

Franchise Law in Maryland

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Jan 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Franchise law is complicated. According to the Maryland Attorney General, Maryland is one of about 15 states that requires "registration" of franchise offerings.                 What is a franchise?  Maryland Annotated Business Regulation Code,  Section 14-201 defines it as follows:        ...

Do I Owe Self-Employment Tax?

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Jan 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you are "self employed" you must pay "self employment taxes." According to the IRS, you are self employed if you are a sole proprietor, independent contractor, member of a partnership, or are otherwise in business for yourself, including part-time businesses.                  The term "self...

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Contract Review?

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Jan 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

The contract might seem incredibly simple. You found a great form online, you've gone over the details several times and it looks like you might be able to come to a final agreement. Good intentions have been expressed on both sides. However, as the saying goes, “business is business.”You might b...

How Do I Sell My Small Business?

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Dec 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

            You own a small business. It may have been a good experience or a headache but for whatever reason, you've decided to sell it. You've never done this before and aren't sure what's involved.             The first thing is to carefully analyze your business from every angle. Get all ...

WHAT IS AN S CORPORATION?

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Dec 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

             Exactly what is an S corporation and what types of businesses may be interested in being an S Corp?  First, it is very important to understand that an S Corp is a FEDERAL TAX STATUS of a corporation and not a type of entity. What does this mean? This means that when you form a corpor...

IS RUNNING A HOME-BASED BUSINESS FOR ME?

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Jul 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

                Running any type of business is challenging, but running a home-based business has its own set of challenges. If you are considering running a home based business you should thoroughly weigh the pros and cons for your type of business and your personal needs. You need a fit for bo...

WHY YOUR START-UP COMPANY NEEDS A LAWYER

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Jun 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you are starting a new company in Maryland, particularly a small business, you may wonder, "why do I need a lawyer?"  With the abundance of information readily available on the Internet, couldn't you save money on lawyer fees by not retaining a business lawyer from the outset and just hope leg...

Do I Have a Valid and Binding Contract?

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Sep 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

          Is the agreement I just entered into a legally binding contract? In general, a valid contract requires four elements: offer, acceptance, consideration, and performance. The process begins when one party offers the terms for the contract. Next, the other party can accept, reject, or requ...

Why Every Designer Needs a Lawyer

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Apr 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you're a designer, you've undoubtedly pushed out many of your personal creative projects online. In all likelihood, you've spent a lot of your time and hard work to create designs that affect others in a profound manner. All you ask for is recognition and credit for your creative expression — ...

CAN SOMEONE CLAIM MY LAND BY ADVERSE POSSESSION?

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Oct 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

                                               ADVERSE POSSESSION             Adverse possession seems to be a particularly unusual legal right. In simple terms, it provides that a person who does not have legal title to a property can obtain it under specified circumstances. The legal require...

RECORDING A DEED IN MARYLAND

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Oct 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

            There are a series of steps involved in recording a deed in Maryland. While the overall process is uniform, counties can differ in the technical requirements and costs. A deed to be recorded can be prepared by an attorney licensed in Maryland or by one of the parties named in the deed...

EMINENT DOMAIN PROCEDURES IN MARYLAND

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Oct 05, 2015 | 0 Comments

Eminent domain occurs when the state takes an owner's real property for public use. The process is called condemnation. This seems unusual to many. Why, they ask, can the government take my property? It's not that simple and there are safeguards in place to protect an owner facing condemnation. ...

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