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What is a B Corporation?

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Jan 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Benefit Corporations (also known as B Corps) are corporations formed with the intent to create a beneficial public good. B Corps are held to a higher standard than traditional corporations in that they must create social, environmental and community benefits. The first official B Corp was created...

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...

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...

HoCo Announces Comprehensive Rezoning!

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Oct 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Howard County's Department of Planning and Zoning announced today that it will launch the countywide rezoning process and will be accepting proposals for zoning map and regulation amendments between October 15 and December 14, 2012. For more information, see the announcement sent out by the count...

Maryland Corkage Law

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | Oct 07, 2012 | 0 Comments

This past April, Maryland passed a law approving corkage. Corkage is the practice of bringing your own wine to a restaurant that already has a wine menu. Corkage allows patrons to enjoy a wine that is not already stocked by the restaurant. This differs from some Baltimore restaurants BYOB practic...

Strict Liability for Pit Bulls

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney | May 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

On April 26, 2012, the Maryland Court of Appeals held in Tracey v. Solesky that anyone with the ability to limit the presence on their property of a pit bull or mixed-breed pit bull is subject to strict liability in the event that the dog bites a human. This is a drastic departure from the previo...

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