Topics to Discuss with Your Spouse before You Retire

There are numerous considerations involved in planning for retirement. To ensure a comfortable life in retirement, couples should review a variety of factors to allow for an easy transition. While it may be years away, the sooner you discuss the circumstances of your retirement, the more prepared you will be for the changes in lifestyle and income that will follow retirement. Conversations about retirement should encompass a variety of topics,…

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Can a Power of Attorney Be Overridden?

A Power of Attorney is a powerful legal document that allows an individual (the “Principal”) to give a third-party (the “Agent”) the authority to act for the Principal in specified or all legal or financial matters. Challenging a Power of Attorney can be a difficult process. Nonetheless, there are situations when a family member or loved one may be able to successfully invalidate a Power of Attorney and/or override acts…

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Personal Injury on Vacation: What are Your Next Steps?

For many, summer signifies vacation and fun.  But sometimes, accidents occur during vacations that could mean severe injury for you or your loved ones. Here, the legal professionals at Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz explain the proper protocol after you’ve sustained injuries during vacation. What are Common Vacation Injuries? Some vacations, such as beach vacations, cruises or adventure-sport vacations, are more accident-prone than others. But there is risk of injury…

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Fire Safety During the Summer

Summertime is the best season for barbeques, campfires and bonfires, but these fun pastimes can turn tragic without proper safety precautions. Here, the burn survivor advocates at Azrael Franz detail ways to stay safe during fire-related activities this summer. Campfire and Bonfire Safety Follow Area Rules It is important to follow the rules of the area in which you are staying, whether it be a bonfire at home or a…

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Lipowitz, Solter and Azrael Represent Davis Family in Wrongful Death Case Involving Police Corruption

Judson Lipowitz, John Solter and Jonathan Azrael, partners at Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz, represent the Davis family in a wrongful death case involving 86-year-old Elbert Lee Davis Sr., the victim in a fatal car crash. The driver who struck Davis, Umar Burley, recently had his sentence vacated after an investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department (“BPD”) uncovered evidence of widespread corruption within the Gun Trace Task Force, a…

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Spring Showers Bring Car Accident Risks

Spring can bring about beautiful sunny days. But, the season also carries with it heavy rainstorms, which can make for difficult driving conditions. Here, the auto accident attorneys at AFSL share tips for driving safely in the rain. Spring is a great time to undertake routine vehicle upkeep. Making sure your tires, windshield wipers, and lights are all in working order can help to decrease your chances of getting in…

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WJZ Interviews Keith Franz Regarding 2015 Deadly Train Derailment

In a WJZ report published February 7th, 2018, AFSL partner Keith Franz spoke on the first criminal charges filed against the engineer in 2015’s fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia. On May 13th, 2015 an Amtrak passenger train carrying more than 200 passengers from Washington, DC to New York derailed in north Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Eight passengers were killed, including three from Maryland, and more than 200 others were injured. Now three…

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One Injured Following CSX Train, Tractor-Trailer Collision in Frederick County

Just before 9:30 a.m. Friday morning, a CSX train traveling to Louisville, Kentucky collided with a tractor trailer at a rail yard in Point of Rocks, Maryland, fifteen miles southwest of Frederick, Maryland. The truck driver sustained a non-life-threatening shoulder injury and was taken to a Frederick County hospital. There are no reported injuries to the crew of the train, and the 81-car train, which was carrying batteries, was not…

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2018 Tax Code Changes

Changes to the individual tax code are effective January 1, 2018. The IRS says that the 2018 withholding rates will be adjusted in February to reflect the new rules. Most individual changes would expire at the end of 2025, so the old tax code rates and deductions would be back in 2026. Here’s a look at what’s in the bill: FOR INDIVIDUALS New Tax brackets and rates Lowers (many) individual rates:…

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Tacoma Amtrak Train Crash

On Monday, December 17th, in its inaugural ride on a new higher-speed route between Seattle and Portland, an Amtrak train derailed sending 14 train off the tracks, and some off an overpass, crushing the steel train cars and trapping traffic underneath. CBS News reports that the crash left at least three people dead and roughly 100 injured. Federal investigators have also confirmed that the train was speeding at 80-mph in…

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