According to the Maryland State Police, many crashes were reported throughout Maryland Thursday morning, February 18, as a winter storm moved through the area. Between 4 AM and 12 PM Thursday, state troopers responded to more than 150 crashes and nearly 400 calls for service. They also responded to over 90 calls for disabled or unattended vehicles.  Maryland State Police are urging drivers to proceed with caution as road conditions…

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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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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently denied Brandon Bostian’s appeal seeking review of a lower court’s reinstatement of all charges brought against him for his role in a high-speed derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people. The derailment occurred in May 2015, when the New York-bound train jumped the track as it rounded a curve at more than twice the 50 mph speed limit. National Transportation Safety Board investigators concluded that…

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  On January 1, 2021, Marylanders awoke to several new laws that took effect.  Some of the more notable changes are: Minimum Wage Increase: For most, the law that will have the most impact is the minimum wage bill.  Starting January 1, 2021, the minimum wage increased from $11.00 an hour and will go up to $11.60 or $11.75, depending on the business.  Organizations with   at least 15 employees will…

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After an eight-month test of endurance, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, a $900 billion COVID-19 relief along with a $1.4 trillion government funding package.  Here are the key takeaways: Direct Payments The legislation, officially named the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, authorizes a second round of economic-impact payments, following the checks Americans received in the spring and summer. Households will receive $600 for each adult and $600 for…

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The Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD) has reported there was an explosion with a partial roof collapse in the Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) building at West Fayette and Liberty this morning, December 23rd, around 8:30 AM.  The explosion was loud and powerful enough to shake neighboring buildings.  BCFD officials said that as many as 23 victims were rescued from the building and at least 21 were taken to the…

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Proper estate planning is vital for anyone who wishes to protect his or her assets and loved ones, but it is potentially more critical for same-sex couples and families, due in part to the passage of marriage equality laws.  Estate planning for the LGBTQ+ community has long been a special challenge.  A turning point came in in 2015 with the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, where same-sex marriage…

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2021 Extension System is Live Today, the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) announced that its free 2021 Annual Report Extension System is live, which allows businesses to extend their filing deadline from April 15 to June 15, 2021. Annual Report “Blackout” Period Scheduled In preparation for the 2021 filing season, the SDAT will be disabling online submissions of all Annual Reports from noon on December 31 through…

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According to a Memo from Dana P. Moore, Baltimore’s Acting City Solicitor, Baltimore City is set to pay out more than $10 million to settle lawsuits related to the now infamous Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF).   Most notably, the settlements call for Umar Burley and Brent Matthews to be paid almost $8 million. On December 10, 2020, less than one month after being awarded nearly $8 million, Burley was arrested…

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  Azrael Franz is proud to once again sponsor The Children’s Cancer Foundation’s (CCF) 36th Annual Gala and Silent Auction.  This year, the Gala will be virtual.  As stated by the CCF, “Cancer does not stop during a pandemic.  Neither can we.”  The gala begins at 7 PM tonight, November 12, 2020. For more information on the Gala, please visit CCF’s website. The Children’s Cancer Foundation’s History The Children’s Cancer Foundation,…

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