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The Weekly Scenario: Do I Need To Do Estate Planning?

This content has been archived. It may no longer be relevant Question:  If I have no children (and have not come into millions of dollars yet) do I need to do estate planning? Answer: Clients often assume having an estate plan is not necessary if they do not have children.  However, in my experience, the…

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Business Law and Transactions Attorney on Sole Proprietors

Offit Kurman business law and transactions attorney Michael Mercurio was a recent guest on AHA Business Radio on Baltimore’s WJZ AM 1300, CBS Radio. AHA Business Radio, hosted by Allan Hirsh, seeks to provide listeners with useful information to help them run their business and guide decision making. And who better to help listeners than…

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Michael Mercurio’s Read|Delete: Amount Inc 500 CEOs Used to Start Their Business

61 percent of Inc. 500 CEOs started their business with less than $10,000.                 Source: Inc.com Click here to signup to have Read|Delete delivered to your inbox every Monday. Business Law and Transactions Attorney Mike Mercurio mmercurio@offitkurman.com | 301.575.0332 http://www.michaelmercurio.net Linkedin | Read|Delete | Connections | Biz Tek Today

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Biz Tek Today From Michael Mercurio

News of Significance for Entrepreneurs    The article below on family businesses and the timing for looking for CEO’s outside of the family got me thinking.  There comes a time in most businesses where the founding members need to look beyond themselves for the key management position, especially CEO (regardless of whether a family business or not)….

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Friday Factoid: Percentage of USPTO-Issued to Female Inventors Doubles

From 1990 to 2010, the percentage of USPTO-issued patents that name a women as one of the inventors doubled. In 2010, women received one-third of the trademarks issued by the USPTO to individuals (which is twice the share they received in 1980). Source: Bloomberg Businessweek     If you have any questions regarding the content…

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Founded in 1995 The Ulman Cancer Fund Continues to Grow

At the age of 19, Doug Ulman, a Division I soccer player, was preparing for his sophomore year at Brown University. Then, everything changed in an instant. While jogging, Doug began to have trouble breathing. After a visit to the emergency room, a visit with his physician and a CT scan, Doug had a malignant…

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Compensation and Compliance Matters: Proposed Fix for QM Helps, but Falls Short of Needed Clarity

Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it was considering allowing a cure for mortgages that were closed as qualified mortgages but which after the fact lost their QM status when it was later determined the upfront points and fees exceeded the 3% cap. The CFPB proposed a 120-day period wherein lenders could cure an…

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Taking a look at the Right of Publicity in the Age of Social Media

In his weekly blog, “Friday Factoid,” Offit Kurman attorney Jon Wachs delves into intellectual property issues that could affect you and your business. In one of his most recent posts, “Friday Factoid 4.25.14,” Mr. Wachs explains the Right of Publicity in the age of social media and what happens when someone misappropriates a person’s name,…

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The Conversations That Should Never Happen Via Email

There have been countless business owners, supervisors, and even HR executives who have committed impolitic comments about employees to email messages. Those comments often become evidence in cases where employees sue employers for alleged forms of harassment and/or discrimination or some variant of wrongful discharge.  Had such comments never been expressed in those emails the…

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Construction Defects Can Be Financially Devastating

Note: This column is by colleague Gregory L. Shelton, who practices construction law at Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes, P.A. This is part one in a two-part series about condominium construction defects. This first part describes common defects and their consequences. In part two, we’ll explain how legal time limits can prevent the association or its…

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