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Major Explosion Levels Several Homes in Northwest Baltimore.

August 10, 2020

Baltimore firefighters are searching through the rubble after a massive gas explosion leveled multiple homes, killed a woman and seriously injured several other people.  The blast, that also shattered windows in other nearby homes, occurred shortly before 10 AM in a residential neighborhood in the northeast part of Baltimore near the 4200 block of Labyrinth Road. Fire officials said four people have been recovered from the scene in serious condition.…

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Attention Baltimore County Residents: Double-Check Your Property Tax Bill This Year

July 23, 2020

Recently, a Client contacted Azrael Franz’s Partner Paul Schwab with concern over the immense increase in their Baltimore County property tax bill.  After inquiring, it became apparent that an erroneous Baltimore County sewer service charge was the reason for the drastic increase. A sewer service charge is part of your annual property tax bill.  About 230,000 households get water from Baltimore’s sewage system.  While the city handles water billing for…

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Here’s Why You May Need to Update Your Power Of Attorney

June 24, 2020

The attorneys at Azrael Franz recommend that you always keep your General Power of Attorney and other estate planning documents current and up to date.  However, we have recently been advised of a specific issue individuals are facing with their current Maryland General Power of Attorney (GPOA) that could lead to problems if not addressed. A Power of Attorney authorizes another person (your agent) to make decisions concerning your property…

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We’re Still Open and Here for You.

May 29, 2020

During these uncertain times, we remain open and here to help.  Rest assured that we are taking all available steps to remain accessible to our clients as we continue to act in accordance with their best interests during this difficult time. Please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions, and feel free to reach out to us any time for assistance with your legal matters. Is your office…

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THANK YOU Essential Government Workers!

May 26, 2020

  Over the past few months, many people have transitioned to telecommuting to comply with the Stay Home order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  Many others, who are essential workers, continued to report to their jobs to ensure that critical public health, safety, infrastructure and governmental functions carry on. We want to take a moment to thank all of the dedicated essential workers that are keeping Maryland…

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There’s an oncoming flood of coronavirus-related litigation on the way.  Could you have a claim?  

May 18, 2020

As the world continues to deal with the health and economic catastrophe created by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about protecting their legal rights.  A potential flood of related litigation has begun a slow but steady build. Because this pandemic is unprecedented, predicting the legal fallout left in its wake is difficult.  However, what we can predict is an eventual steady stream of litigation directly related…

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What will reopening look like in Maryland? A guide to the Governor’s coronavirus recovery plan

May 15, 2020

Governor Larry Hogan announced on Wednesday that he is lifting Maryland’s stay-at-home order today, May 15, at 5 PM.  This came during a press conference wherein Governor Hogan revealed phase one of Maryland’s coronavirus recovery plan.  During the press conference, he laid out what the first phase of re-opening the state would look like. What does “phase one” entail? The first phase of Governor Hogan’s plan allows activities deemed “low…

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Baltimore County Police Investigating Fatal Reisterstown Hit-And-Run

May 8, 2020

Baltimore County Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash on Hammershire Road that happened on the afternoon of Thursday, May 8, 2020. Police received a call shortly before 4 PM on Thursday reporting a person yelling in the street at Hammershire and Reisterstown Road.  A second call was received minutes later regarding a subject lying in the roadway at the same location. Police have identified the victim as 67-year-old Williard…

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Coronavirus auto insurance refunds: Here’s what you need to know

April 27, 2020

COVID-19 (coronavirus) stay-at-home orders have led to fewer people on the road and many cars sitting in driveways. Now, most major auto insurance companies like State Farm, Geico and Liberty Mutual are offering policyholders economic relief in the form of refunds and credits to account for the time spent at home and off the roads.  The refunds are expected to save policy holders more than $6.5 billion over the next…

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Maryland Court of Special Appeals: Victims’ Voices Must be Heard Before Plea Deals are Approved 

April 27, 2020

Originally published in The Daily Record, By: Steve Lash “Court-approved plea bargains can be scrapped if the crime victims were not given an opportunity to challenge the deal, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled this week. In a reported decision, the Court of Special Appeals said vacating the plea agreements preserves the victims’ constitutional and statutory rights to give impact statements. Meanwhile, vacating the agreements does not violate the defendants’ protection against…

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

Judson Lipowitz, John Solter and Jonathan Azrael, Partners at Azrael Franz, 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…

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A Review of the Past: How Azrael Franz Advocated for Victims of 9/11

After the devastating events of 9/11, Keith Franz and Jud Lipowitz of AFSL worked tirelessly with the families of four Maryland residents killed in the Pentagon, as well as the family of a New York resident killed in the World Trade…

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Keith Franz Interviewed by CBS Concerning Growing Calls to Ground Boeing Max Aircrafts

After two fatal plane crashes occurred within a five-month span, there was a growing call for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ground Boeing 737 Max-series aircrafts for public safety reasons but the FAA remained hesitant. On Sunday, March 10th, 157…

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