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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Elder abuse — intentional harm inflicted on an older adult by someone with whom they have an expectation of trust — can take many forms.  While some issues stem from individual caretakers, elder abuse and neglect are far more often the result of systemic failures that occur when large corporations cut staff and salaries in an effort to move their bottom line.  Staffing is often the biggest expense a nursing…

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Every year, Maryland lawmakers designate the first of October as the day to enact some of the biggest changes to the legal code. Hundreds of new Maryland laws have gone into effect today, Thursday, October 1, 2020, spanning subjects from civil rights to employment to domestic violence.  Some of the more notable changes are: Protection against hairstyle discrimination – This law expands the definition of “race” used in certain Maryland…

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As Maryland Circuit Courts gear up to resume jury trials on October 5, state judiciary officials briefed state lawmakers on plans to bring juries back to the courtroom in a virtual meeting on Tuesday, September 22.  Administrative judges explained how jury trials will not look like they used to and it will not be “business as usual” quite yet. To enter a state courthouse, visitors will be required to wear…

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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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