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May 2017 Archives

Setting up an incentive trust

You've worked hard to accumulate the wealth that you have and invested wisely. You want to leave that wealth to your children, grandchildren and other family members when you pass away. However, you don't want this new-found wealth to ruin their lives. You want to ensure that they use it to better their lives and the lives of others. How do you avoid the curse of "trust fund babies?"

Will Justice Department changes impact Maryland drug sentencing?

Last year, Maryland lawmakers passed and Gov. Larry Hogan signed the Justice Reinvestment Act. The intent of the law, which received bipartisan support, was to lessen the number of people behind bars for nonviolent drug crimes and redirect funds to providing treatment for those convicted of these crimes.

How can you avoid a charge of resisting arrest?

If you have an encounter with the police, no matter how unfair you believe it is, it's essential to be polite and not physically or verbally threaten any officers in any way. That doesn't mean that you can't assert your legal rights. However, it's important to do so in a manner that doesn't make them feel threatened or have grounds to charge you with anything more than they may already planning to.

Maryland’s drug offenders need treatment, not incarceration

If you ever served time in a Maryland penitentiary, then you may be aware of just how many drug offenders occupy those prison beds. Overcrowding is a serious problem at prisons across the nation, and communities have enacted new procedures and programs aimed at reducing overcrowding while treating what is often the root of the problem: drug addiction.  

What happens if you leave the scene of a car accident in Maryland

There are so many causes of vehicular accidents that sometimes it is impossible to prevent one from happening. When you are responsible for an accident, it can catch you by surprise, leading to panic, anxiety and rash decisions. You may end up fleeing the scene due to fear.

Marylanders may face multiple estate taxes plus inheritance taxes

Sometimes even death isn't enough to make us exempt from paying taxes -- or at least from those who inherit our estate from paying them. Marylanders are among the Americans whose beneficiaries may find themselves with a particularly large tax burden in estate and inheritance taxes if they don't do some careful estate planning.

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