For many, the three-day Labor Day weekend is the last piece of summer before the school year gets into full swing.  There are festivals, parades, barbecues, and fireworks for you to enjoy as summer turns into fall.  However, Labor Day weekend is dangerous weekend for drivers on the road. According to The National Safety Council (NSC), an average of 400 Americans are involved in fatal car accidents over the Labor…

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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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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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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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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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  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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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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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 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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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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