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Changes to Maryland Landlord/Tenant Law Announced

Maryland has announced significant changes to the state’s Landlord/Tenant law, and all landlords need to become familiar with these modifications.  As of October 1, 2021, changes will be implemented that impact the Landlord Tenant eviction process and termination of leases for residential properties. Landlords who wish to repossess their residential rentals under a Failure to Pay Rent (FTPR) filing will be required to provide to the tenant a ten-day notice saying the tenant has a right to pay the amount owed and/or seek the advice of legal counsel, which will now be provided to certain individuals. The notice must be sent first class, certified mailing and affixed to the door; or if approved by tenant, sent electronic via email, text or tenant portal. The new amendment to Maryland Real Property Code, Section 8-401 allows tenants who make 50% less than the median household income for the State of Maryland [1] to be eligible to receive counsel.  It is…

How to Establish a Corporate Veil

Corporate VeilHow to establish a corporate veil is an essential issue if you own a business, by yourself or with others. If you own your business as a sole proprietor or partnership, you could be held personally liable for your company’s actions. If it is done correctly and the entity owning your business is a corporation or limited liability company (LLC), you may avoid this issue by protecting yourself with a corporate veil. Lusk Law, LLC, can help your business choose the right way to structure its ownership. There are costs and benefits to every legal entity, so we’ll advise you which one we think would best meet your needs. We also can defend your business in litigation or protect its interests by pursuing legal action on your behalf. Learn more about how a business attorney can help you by calling us at (443) 535-9715. What is a Corporate Veil? While you…

Protect Yourself from Unfair Contracts

Maryland Business Contract LawyerOur Maryland business lawyer can help protect you against unfair contracts. As a business owner, you will enter into a number of contracts – leases, supplier agreements, employment contracts, and more. A contract legally entered into is supposed to protect all parties from unfair practices, serve as a guideline as to what is expected in terms and conditions and performance, and specify what the parties are to gain from the transaction. You want to ensure that any contract you sign is fair and offers you some legal recourse should a contract dispute arise, but it’s equally important to make sure you don’t inadvertently create unfair or illegal contracts. Unfortunately, problems often arise with contracts, and when a contract dispute arises, it may turn into a lawsuit for breach of contract and become a matter for the court to resolve. The result can be expensive litigation and loss of business and…

What to Know Before Hiring a Contractor

ContractorWhat to know before hiring a contractor can be the difference between conducting business as usual or finding yourself in legal trouble. Contractors have rarely been more numerous or available than they are right now. In addition to traditional contractors, you can hire someone to create a website for your business, assemble your office furniture, or deliver your lunch. If you need help getting something done, hiring an employee or finding an independent contractor may be the right choice. It depends on your wants, needs, and applicable laws. However, you need to know the rules governing your business relationship with contractors. A person you think is your contractor may actually be an employee, with all the taxes, laws, and regulations that accompany them. Maryland business lawyer Rebekah Lusk appreciates the practical and legal challenges involved in hiring a contractor. We will work with you to review the facts of your…

How to Review a Commercial Lease Agreement

Commercial LeaseIt is good to know how to review a commercial lease agreement because it serves as a foundation of your relationship with your tenant. Given the economy, a prospective tenant may want to move into a smaller space. Landlords may be eager to keep or attract tenants, given how many they might have lost. Rebekah Lusk and her associates offer you many landlord-tenant law services, including commercial lease review. We help clients with property-related issues. A commercial lease attorney can ensure that a client’s actions are on a sound legal footing and their interests are protected, no matter how the economy impacts their business. Commercial Lease Review Checklist Each landlord-tenant relationship is unique. Some issues will be more important than others in a particular relationship. Overall, here’s a commercial lease review checklist of things to pay attention to when offering a new lease or if you’re reviewing an existing one. Proofread and…

A Comprehensive FAQ on How to Hire a 1099 Contractor

ContractorIf you have a short-term need for extra staffing, you may need to engage a contractor, but before you do, it’s important to understand how to hire a 1099 contractor. Be sure you know all of the legal elements of the hire before you proceed. For many decades, employers chose to classify their workforce as employees to manage customer expectations, workflow, productivity, and staffing levels. The rise of the gig economy has highlighted the differences between contractors and employees and increased the number of people who are working as independent contractors. The IRS and the State of Maryland both lay out the rules for hiring a 1099 contractor, along with how they are to be paid. Definition of an Independent Contractor An independent contractor is a free agent that cannot be controlled by an employer as if they were an employee. In contrast, an employer can control an employee in…

Proposed Changes to Maryland Eviction Rules

HouseAs the Covid-19 pandemic continues, changes to Maryland eviction rules have been proposed. Citing the worsening housing situation due to the virus, state lawmakers and rental housing advocates recently unveiled the “2021 Housing Justice Package.” The package includes several proposed bills that would significantly overhaul Maryland’s eviction rules. While these changes are intended to help tenants at risk of eviction stay in their homes, they have the potential to seriously negatively impact landlords who depend on the rental income to stay financially afloat and pay their mortgages. The housing package is set to be debated during the current Maryland legislative session that ends on April 12. It also includes proposed emergency renter and homeowner protections. Should the bills pass, landlords who may be confused about their rights under the new rules would be wise to get legal guidance. One of the bills in the proposed package seeks to extend Governor…

Most Common Types of Business Contracts

Two people working on a business contractThe types of business contracts you’ll need depend on your business’s nature, size, and complexity. Contracts are a way to protect your interests. They also clarify what each party is obligated to do and their rights. You may not think a contract is needed until a business relationship goes sour and you’re left holding the bag. Rather than find yourself in this spot, consider using a business attorney to draft your contracts to ensure they fully protect your interests. What Makes the Types of Business Contracts You Should Be Using Enforceable? A contract is a legally binding agreement or promise between parties. Contracts can be powerful tools for your business. The attorneys at Lusk Law, LLC, can put together the recipe for your legally binding business contract. Basic elements of a contract include: Competent Parties:  Minors and those who lack mental capacity can’t be parties to an enforceable contract. Offer:…

What Should Be Included in a Severance Package?

Two people working on a contractWhat should be included in a severance package depends on the person leaving the company and what the employer wants to accomplish. Severance packages and agreements are good ideas for employers ending a relationship with an employee. They provide some certainty for an employer because the employee will be obligated to do and not do certain things. But how much control an employer can expect in exchange for extra benefits or cash is limited. No matter why someone is leaving your company, a severance package and agreement can give you some extra assurance (though no guarantee) that the person won’t give you a nasty legal surprise in the months ahead. Lusk Law, LLC, can help you handle severance issues and protect your business. What Does a Severance Package Usually Include? Ideally, the severance package and agreement will be customized to the individual and the situation. It may be a lay-off…

Step-by-Step Guide to Business Formation

Typing at a computerYou have a spectacular idea for a business, but for it to be successful, you want to set everything up correctly right from the start. Before you plunge into running the operations, it makes sense to get assistance of an experienced business attorney, who can make sure everything is done according to the law and prevent you from making costly mistakes. Maryland business law attorney Rebekah Lusk and her associates are experienced in all aspects of the challenges facing business owners. We can make sure you get things done properly at startup, and then continue providing support to help you deal with both routine ongoing legal matters and problems that may unexpectedly arise. Contact the attorneys at Lusk Law, LLC to gain a long-term ally for your business. Call (443) 535-9715 today. Your Step-by-Step Guide to Business Formation Starting a business in Maryland can feel overwhelming, but our lawyers can…