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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Recently, we warned about the practice of deceptive practice concerning recorded deed notices, wherein companies send an official-looking letter to new Maryland homeowners requesting $95 in exchange for a copy of the homeowner’s deed.  We advised that a copy of your deed is available online for free and that your county land records will make a copy of the deed for a few dollars.  We also cautioned about a similar…

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Two weeks ago, we provided a breakdown of the newly-enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Since this Act became law, there has been several significant expansions and government responsive actions of which you should be aware: Federal and State Tax Filing and 2019 IRA Contribution Deadline Extended – The Treasury Department and the IRS announced that the deadline for filing and paying 2019 federal income taxes (without…

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Amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, stress and anxiety is wreaking havoc.  From health and safety, to the economy, to the stock market and personal finances. For many, the current crisis is serving as a wake-up call to get their estate plans in order. Now more than ever we need to focus on our well-being and that of our families.  As part of this process you should review your current estate…

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After a massive bipartisan effort, congress has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Among other things, the historic stimulus package waives the early withdrawal penalty on retirement account distributions for taxpayers facing virus-related challenges. The CARES Act allows eligible participants to request penalty-free distributions of up to $100,000 for qualifying coronavirus-related reasons. These include adverse financial consequences due to being quarantined, furloughed, laid off or having…

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On Monday, Governor Hogan ordered all non-essential Maryland businesses, organizations, establishments, and corporations to close.  This new order is aimed to increase the state’s social distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  Governor Hogan reasoned that while these closures are “incredible difficult financially,” they will “save the lives of thousands of your fellow Marylanders.”  Maryland is following federal guidelines to determine which businesses qualify as essential. In an…

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There’s growing consensus that Americans need to stay home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  The health of the nation comes first, experts say, but will workers still get paid? On Wednesday, congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), a sweeping legislation designed to assist a large segment of the nation’s workforce whose ability to work is or may become impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. …

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We understand the growing concern associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), not only world-wide, but locally in our community.  Be assured that Azrael Franz remains open and focused on our clients. We are working to ensure the continued health and safety of all our clients and staff, which includes following the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and acting in accordance with the best practices. During this time,…

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Last month, we warned about the practice of deceptive practice concerning recorded deed notices, wherein companies send an official-looking letter to new Maryland homeowners requesting $95 in exchange for a copy of the homeowner’s deed.  We advised that a copy of your deed is available online for free and that your county land records will make a copy of the deed for  a few dollars. Azrael Franz Partner Paul Schwab…

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31-year-old Salah Mamache, of Baltimore, was charged in a fatal crash in Anne Arundel County Tuesday, March 3rd.  The victim was Mark A. Wieland, 43, of Severn. Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney says evidence shows Mamache was driving recklessly during a high speed chase through Glen Burnie and Severn Tuesday afternoon.  The pursuit allegedly began when the victim struck Mamache’s car and then refused to stop.  According to police, multiple…

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