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What is the SECURE Act and How Could it Affect Your Retirement?

  The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, better known as the SECURE Act, which originally passed the House in July, was approved by the Senate on Dec.19, 2019, and signed into law on December 20, 2019.  Effective January 1, 2020, this new law is aimed at increasing access to tax-advantaged accounts and preventing older Americans from effectively outliving their assets. Among other things, the SECURE…

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Lawyers in the 21st Century: Professionalism on Listservs

This article was originally published in the December 2019 edition of the Baltimore County Bar Association Newsletter, “The Advocate.” Part of our responsibility as attorneys is to stay current on changes in the law. Owing to their convenience and accessibility, online platforms are increasingly popular and useful tools to the legal profession. Lawyers, however, must ensure that their postings comply with the rules of ethics and professional responsibility. A peer-to-peer…

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Pedestrian in Critical Condition after Hit-And-Run in Towson

A pedestrian is in critical condition after being hit by a pick-up truck in Towson on New Year’s Eve.  Police say the accident happened just before 7:30 PM at the intersection of Dulaney Valley Road and Fairmont Avenue,  near Towson Town Center.  The victim was transported to the hospital.  The truck fled the scene without stopping. Baltimore County Police Detective Robert Reason stated “right now (the) crash team in Baltimore…

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Yes, you need a Will.  Here’s why.

A Last Will and Testament (commonly referred to as a “Will”) is a legal document that allows you to make your wishes known after your death.  By executing a Will, you are able to leave instructions for the distribution of your estate.  The consequences of not having a Will can be quite serious. When someone dies without a Will, also known as “dying intestate,” their assets are distributed according to…

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Top Mistakes to Avoid After a Collision

Auto accidents can shake you up and getting injured can turn your life upside down.  During these unanticipated, stressful times, it is important to understand that avoiding a few mistakes after an accident is crucial to ensuring that your rights are protected and the compensation you deserve is recoverable. Azrael Franz has represented thousands of clients injured in collisions. Although every accident and injury is different, there are a few mistakes…

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16th Annual Maryland Remembers Memorial

Maryland Remembers is an annual memorial that honors the lives of people killed on Maryland roads at the hands of impaired drivers. All victim families and friends who have lost a loved one to an impaired driving related crash, as well as representatives from partner agencies and advocates are invited to attend the 16th Annual Maryland Remembers Memorial service. The 16th Annual Memorial service will be held at the Miller…

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Giving Tuesday: A Global Generosity Movement

  Giving Tuesday is an annual international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season.  Originating in 2012, Giving Tuesday has been celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.  Since 2012, the total amount raised from the Giving Tuesday movement is over $1 billion in the United States!…

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Family sues city, officers (Baltimore Sun Article)

Former members of gun task force named in suit over fatal crash By: Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, The Baltimore Sun Children of an 86-year-old man who was killed by a driver fleeing a corrupt police officer are seeking $25 million in damages from the Baltimore Police Department, the city, the state and former members of the department’s Gun Trace Task Force. Six of Elbert Davis’ adult children said in a lawsuit filed…

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Train derails in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Multiple fire departments in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania responded to a train derailment today along the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Hempfield. A county dispatch supervisor said the derailment occurred at about 3:25 PM along the tracks near the village of Bovard in the vicinity of Georges Station Road.  There were no initial reports of injuries or chemical leaks and no evacuations were deemed necessary, the dispatcher said. Witnesses at the…

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Azrael Franz Stands with Public Libraries

On Tuesday, November 6, 2019, the Baltimore Sun published an op-ed titled “Libraries: Macmillan unfairly restricts access to e-books.”  The publication was written by CEO and President of Enoch Pratt Free Library, Heidi Daniel, and Director of Baltimore County Public Library, Paula Miller.  The article discusses Macmillan Publishers’ new policy that restricts public libraries from purchasing more than one e-book copy for the first eight weeks of a new release. …

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