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The G-7 nations want to end tax havens. Good luck with that

Close your eyes and imagine a tax haven. Does a Caribbean island come to mind? Sand, surf and thousands of post office boxes housing shell corporations? Some tax havens, like the Cayman Islands or Bermuda, fit that description. Many others ...

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Here’s why your law firm needs to be in the cloud

If you’re familiar with my column you know that I have been urging lawyers to learn about — and use —technology for over a decade now. I always stress how important it is for lawyers to educate themselves about the technologies available for ...

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The legal status of pets and recent changes in Md. law

The legal status of pets, and associated property rights for pet owners, is a changing landscape under Maryland law. Property rights related to pets has always been a complex issue, as domestic animals are considered a unique form of property ...

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How social entrepreneurs are changing Baltimore for the better

The economic news couldn’t be better, right? U.S. employers added 559,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate is falling. President Biden says his proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan would create 19 million more jobs. The massive plan would rebuild roads ...

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Computers in the courtroom

The Editorial Advisory Board’s recent commentary, “The appearance of impartial justice,” was spot on, but it missed another glaring inequity — who can use computers in court and when. Yes, state’s attorneys sit inside locked courtrooms like potentates while everyone ...

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In 2021, more so than ever, midyear a good time to assess financial vital signs

A midyear financial review is often a good idea. This year, it’s almost essential. With people going back to offices, travel resuming and Congress making significant changes to various laws affecting your finances, consider taking some time to check in ...

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Lawyers need deeper training to engage with individuals with disabilities

Lawyers spend years perfecting the art of the client-attorney relationship and regularly engage with individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Each relationship is unique to the circumstances. However, there are certain situations that require deeper consideration and care, ...

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Commercial tenancies, COVID-19 and ‘frustration of purpose’

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Larry Hogan signed a statewide order shutting down all “nonessential businesses” on March 23, 2020. If not designated an essential business by the order, a business had either severely restricted operations or was ...

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Weich and Tobin: Making Maryland law schools accessible to all

As the deans of, respectively, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law, we feel a deep obligation to ensure that our schools are accessible to all Marylanders, and that ...

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Owners, get your vacation rental agreements in shape

However, with distancing, quarantine, and other similar restrictions now being loosened in several states, the thought of going on vacation again has most likely become top of mind for many. As ready as we may be to get away, vacation ...

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