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Archive for February 2020

Kobe Bryant’s Widow Files a Wrongful Death Suit against Helicopter Company over Deadly Crash

The widow of Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Bryant, is suing Island Express Helicopters for the January 26 crash that killed the NBA legend and their daughter, alleging in part that the pilot failed to safely operate the aircraft. Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, February 24, the same day a memorial celebration for Kobe and Gianna Bryant was getting underway at the Staples Center in…

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A Focus on Victims’ Rights: Lawmakers aim to ban waiver forms signed by sexual assault survivors after being prompted by police

Hundreds of Maryland sexual assault survivors signed waivers from police. Now lawmakers want to ban the forms.   It was long a common practice among some Baltimore-area police departments: Offer sexual assault victims a waiver form to document that they didn’t want to go forward with their case. Now some Maryland lawmakers want to ban police from using such waivers in sexual assault cases so that so victims aren’t discouraged…

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Former Baltimore County Hospital Employee Faces Several Sex Offense Charges

Baltimore County Police said a former MedStar Franklin Square hospital employee has been charged with a number of sex offenses, after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Baltimore County Police arrested Donald Joseph Benson Jr. (pictured), 40, of Nottingham, on Thursday, February 6, and charged him with a number of sex offenses, including the sexual abuse of a minor.  Benson became the subject of an…

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Azrael Franz’s Long-Standing Relationship with the Towson Chamber of Commerce

Azrael Franz is active in the communities it has served for more than 70 years.  During almost half that time, Azrael Franz has supported the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (the “Chamber”). Towson Chamber of Commerce             The Chamber is a nonprofit business organization incorporated as the Towson Business Association, Inc. in 1964.  It has worked to assist businesses and professionals in Towson for over 50 years.   The Chambers’ more…

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Beware of Recorded Deed Notices

A client of Azrael Franz recently contacted attorney Paul Schwab about a letter she received after changing the title to her property.  The official-looking letter pictured below instructed her to complete an order form and return it in a postage pre-paid envelope with $95 to obtain a certified copy of her deed.     These letters that at first blush look like an invoice from the government have been mailed…

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