Pipe Explosion in Downtown Baltimore

On Tuesday June 20th, a steam pipe explosion in Downtown Baltimore buckled the street, creating a large crater out of which a large plume shot into the air for a full hour before emergency crews could control it. The cloud was quickly confirmed to be steam, allaying concerns of dangerous chemical exposure and burn injuries. Rubble and debris was scattered over the South Eutaw Street area, car and business windows…

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Cyclist Killed In Towson Hit-And-Run Crash

A fatal crash occurred in Towson overnight involving a bicyclist, according to the Baltimore County Police Department. Officials are continuing to look for the vehicle that initially hit the cyclist. Aaron Michael Laciny, 20, of the 1300 block of South Charles Street, died after he was hit by two vehicles while biking in the area of Charles Street and Charlesbrooke, police said. He had been riding in the southbound lane of Charles…

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The Uniform Commercial Code and How It Affects Your Business

The Uniform Commercial Code covers legal aspects of many business activities. Here, the business law attorneys at AFSL briefly outline these laws and the impact they can have on businesses. Unique challenges arise for businesses that enter into transactions in several states when each state has significantly different commercial law. The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) was published to help make business activities more predictable by having a uniform code of…

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Preventing Burns and Injuries During Fourth of July

Fourth of July is a holiday filled with patriotism and fun, but the prevalence of fireworks and other incendiary devices can make it dangerous. Here, the legal experts at AFSL detail ways to keep you and your family safe this coming Fourth of July. Use of Fireworks in Maryland In Maryland, the sale and use of non-aerial and non-explosive fireworks, also known as “safe and sane” fireworks, by the general…

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CBS Interviews Keith Franz Regarding Security Breach at BWI

In a CBS report published May 30th, 2017, AFSL partner Keith Franz spoke on a security incident that occurred at BWI airport. On Saturday, May 27th, an unauthorized man broke through one of the BWI airport gates with a car and illegally boarded an empty airplane with a backpack. After airport authorities apprehended the man, they inspected his backpack, finding only papers and other personal effects. They quickly determined the…

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Spring Fire Safety Tips

Take spring-cleaning one step further by clearing your home and property of fire-related hazards. Here, the fire victim advocates at Azrael Franz explain how to protect your family and possessions from the dangers of house fires. When it comes to house fires, prevention is key. As most fires are preventable, it is important to create a safe environment for you and your family. Below, the fire victim advocates at AFSL…

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Lipowitz and Schwab Present Seminar to Maryland Estate And Gift Tax Study Group on Protecting Families in Wrongful Death Cases

On April 20, 2017 Paul Schwab and Jud Lipowitz of Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz, LLC presented a seminar in Baltimore entitled, “Protecting Families:  Wrongful Death and Survival Actions” to the Estate and Gift Tax Study Group of the Estates and Trusts Section of the Maryland State Bar Association in Baltimore.  The seminar was simultaneously broadcast to attorneys in Potomac, Maryland. The Azrael Franz attorneys stressed the importance of carefully…

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Burn Injury and Small Fire in Queen Anne’s County

The attorneys at Azrael, Franz, Schwab and Lipowitz are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured in catastrophic fires. Here, the fire law attorneys at AFSL provide information related to a accidental fire and burn injury in Queen Anne’s County. On Wednesday April 19, 2017, fire fighters from the Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company responded to a fire on North Liberty Street at a Centerville Professional Building. While the identities…

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The Professional Lawyer

By: Paul J. Schwab, III This article was originally published in the April 2017 edition of the Baltimore County Bar Association Newsletter, “The Advocate.” Lessons from Samuel’s Case. An attorney should work hard to properly serve the client. The savvy professional also takes steps to ensure payment of the fee. Early in my career Congress enacted significant changes to the immigration laws. Wanting to keep current on the law and…

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Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Car Accident Case

A car accident is a scary, stressful event, made even more so by seemingly endless paperwork, phone calls and emails necessary to proper reporting. Here, the automobile accident attorneys at AFSL walk you through common mistakes made in car accident cases, and how to prevent further stress by avoiding them. Do not make your car accident case more stressful than it needs to be. Avoid making these mistakes if you…

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