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Proposed Changes to Maryland Eviction Rules

As 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

The 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?

What 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

You 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…

How to Resolve a Lease Dispute

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, a lease dispute can be stressful, disruptive and a source of unnecessary expense and hassle. Fortunately, for those faced with determining how to resolve a lease dispute, you don’t have to deal with it alone. Maryland landlord-tenant law attorney Rebekah Lusk, who leads the Landlord/Tenant practice at Lusk Law, LLC, understands what you are going through and is available to help with issues involving breach of a lease. Lusk Law also manages a wide variety of other landlord/tenant cases including failure to pay rent, wrongful detainer, tenant holding over, and violations of the Consumer Protection Act. Rebekah is also a landlord, so she knows from firsthand experience how to find solutions for both commercial and residential legal disputes. Call Lusk Law, LLC today at (443) 535-9715 to schedule an appointment to learn more about how we can help you resolve your dispute.…

Understanding the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Provides Benefits When You or Family Members Get Sick On Jan. 12, 2018, Maryland became the ninth state to adopt a mandatory sick leave statute, when the Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation requiring Maryland employers to provide sick and safe leave to their employees. Known as the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, this law provides employees with up to 40 hours of sick and safe leave each year and went into effect on Feb. 11, 2018. Who is Affected? The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act applies to all employers, including state and local governments, in the state of Maryland. However, the law distinguishes between large and small employers. For employers with 14 or fewer employees, leave may be provided on an unpaid basis. For employers with 15 or more employees, sick and safe leave is paid at the employee’s…

How to Classify an Independent Contractor vs. an Employee

When your business grows to the point where you need to have people doing work for you, you are faced with making an important decision.  Are these workers employees or are they independent contractors? How these workers are classified makes a big difference. Business owners have responsibilities under federal and state taxation laws that differ for employees and independent contractors. Workers who are classified as employees have certain rights and protections that independent contractors do not: Protection from discrimination Coverage under workers’ compensation unemployment insurance Coverage under minimum wage and overtime laws. While many business owners prefer to pay workers as independent contractors to avoid dealing with the responsibilities and costs of having employees, business owners must be aware that the penalties for misclassification are severe. Even if this error has been made innocently, if it is determined that a worker should be classified as an employee and not an…

Maryland COVID Eviction Rules

The COVID-19 pandemic has created problems and confusion for both landlords trying to collect rent and for tenants who are struggling to pay it. The fact that Maryland COVID eviction rules keep changing adds to the confusion. Tenants who become ill or lose their jobs due to the virus may be unable to make rent payments, but landlords who depend on this money to pay their own bills need to be paid. While no landlord wishes to evict a tenant who cannot pay rent due to the epidemic, as landlords face their own COVID-related problems and lost income, they may find themselves with no choice but to replace delinquent tenants with tenants who can pay their rent. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant faced with eviction issues, Maryland landlord-tenant law attorney Rebekah Lusk, who leads the Landlord/Tenant practice at Lusk Law, LLC, understands what you are going through and…

The Top 5 Legal Mistakes Maryland Landlords Make

While it is nice to earn income by renting property, it won’t be worth it if you make legal mistakes and end up being sued in a landlord-tenant dispute. If you are considering becoming a landlord in Maryland, it makes sense to consult a skilled landlord/tenant lawyer to review your documents and practices to make sure they are all legal and your interests are protected. At Lusk Law, LLC, we can help prevent landlord legal claims from happening and keep you from making costly mistakes. The Top 5 Legal Mistakes Maryland Landlords Make The Maryland Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division, offers tips for avoiding landlord/tenant disputes.  By reviewing these, you can prevent costly legal battles.  Here are some of the most common legal mistakes landlords make: 1. Asking Discriminating Questions of Potential Renters Under the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 as amended,…

Rentals and Covid-19

During the past few months there has been an increase in the number of people who have been affected by COVID-19, either directly or indirectly. In response to the devastation that COVID-19 has caused, some Maryland counties have taken steps to provide relief to their citizens due to the difficult times that COVID-19 has placed on their lives.  In addition, the State of Maryland has issued Moratoriums to restrict the eviction process and a Court Order that outlines when cases will be heard, including landlord-tenant cases. This is a summary of some of the new laws, legislation, Orders, and Moratoriums that have either passed or are pending on the County level and State level. This by no means a complete analysis of the laws provided in each county or all laws that have been passed throughout the state of Maryland. If you need to know if the new orders and…