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  • Pols in Hot Water Over Rain Tax

    By: M. Trent Zivkovich

    By Bryan SearsThe Daily RecordDaily Record Business Writer … “Most business owners are reasonably comfortable paying fees and taxes when they know it will actually make a difference,” said M. Trent Zivcovich, a Baltimore attorney at Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP. “That being said, there is a great...

  • Recommended Practices for Community Associations When Creating Websites and Using Social Media

    By: Kathleen A. Waldy

    Takeaway:  The use of websites and social media by community associations is a great way for communities to keep their membership informed; however, there are recommended practices that community associations should follow in order to avoid, or at least minimize, their potential for liability...

  • Tax Lien Certificate Sales in DC

    By: Alexander N. Rouhani

    Tax lien certificate sales pose many questions and potential problems for condominium associations in the District of Columbia. They can strip an Association of all its liens on a property, or act as tool to remove a chronically delinquent owner or even net the Association a substantial profit. As...

  • The Critical Role of the Board in Amending Governing Documents

    By: Marla J. Diaz

    Evolving community needs and changing legal requirements often present a community association board of directors with a daunting task: amending the association’s governing documents.  A well-crafted amendment that complies with applicable law is the obvious objective of any board of directors...

  • Dealing with the Inevitable: Practical Considerations in Defending Merger Objection Lawsuits

    By: Dwight W. Stone II, Dennis M. Robinson, Jr., Patrick D. McKevitt

    Identifying, evaluating, and acting on potential merger & acquisition (M & A) deals is one of a director’s most challenging responsibilities. The process involves complex valuation and market analysis, high-stakes negotiations, input from independent legal and financial advisors, and...

  • Zollicoffer to Chair EBDI Board

    By: Thurman W. Zollicoffer, Jr.

    Baltimore -- Former Baltimore City Solicitor Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr. has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of East Baltimore Development Inc., the 11-year-old nonprofit in charge of the $1.8 billion redevelopment located north of Johns Hopkins University Hospital in the area...

  • Top-7 Social Media Issues For Associations

    By: Eileen Morgan Johnson

    Association executives should be aware of potential legal risks social media can pose for their associations. 1. Copyright infringement. Associations can be sued for copyright infringement for content posted on their website. The Copyright Act provides for treble damages and attorney fees for...

  • Maryland Law on Accommodations for Pregnant Workers Takes Effect on October 1

    By: Kevin C. McCormick

    Maryland’s Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers Act goes into effect October 1, meaning Maryland employers with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to employees who experience a disability because of a pregnancy. Basically, the new law requires employers to treat...

  • The "Maryland MARS" Act; Strict New Rules for Real Estate Agents

    By: Jerald Lurie

    Effective July, 1, 2013, Maryland has a new law that regulates individuals and entities providing services in “short sale” transactions.  The new law is named the Maryland Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Act (“Maryland MARS”).  The provisions dealing with this new statute may be found...

  • Delaware Code Amendments Authorizing Flagpole

    By: Chad J. Toms

    In July, the General Assembly of the State of Delaware amended several sections of Title 25 for the stated purpose: … to permit a real property owner or tenant to display an American flag on a pole attached to the exterior of the property’s structure or on a flagpole located within the property’s...