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CLIENT ALERT – Personal Injury Cases To Become Faster and Less Expensive to Litigate under New Maryland Law

2021

There is some good news on the horizon for those who have been injured in auto accidents.  The Maryland General Assembly approved an amendment to the State’s Constitution to make court faster and cheaper for those hurt in auto accidents.  Now, Maryland voters will need to vote to approve the change as well. If the...

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Top 5 Tips to Prepare for Your Estate Planning Consultation

2021

You’ve finally stopped kicking the proverbial can down the road.  You’re ready to cross that item off your “to-do” list that you and your spouse have talked about ever since your kids were born.  You’re about to consult with an estate planning attorney. At Bulman Dunie, we commonly tell our estate planning clients that the...

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Top 5 “NEVER’s” for Witness Testimony

2021

At Bulman Dunie, we pride ourselves on preparing our clients and witnesses to come to court and present as their very best.  However, Bar Association events are much more fun (if that’s possible) by swapping stories and gossip about the occasional “courthouse fail” where a party or a witness was their own worst enemy. Below...

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Divorce in the Time of COVID-19

2021

While the media excitedly predicted a spike in divorce rates due to the pandemic, the impact of the pandemic on the BDBF family law practice has been much more nuanced. For example, clients who are already divorced re-evaluated alimony and child support obligations due to the loss of one or both parents’ incomes. Custody time-sharing...

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CLIENT ALERT – Major Changes to D.C. Laws Regarding Electronic Scooter Liability

2021

Anyone who has spent time in the District of Columbia in recent years knows firsthand how prevalent electronic scooters have become. Zipping through parks, on sidewalks, and even on streets—they are everywhere.  The D.C. City Council has noticed too. In December 2020, the D.C. City Council passed new laws, which provide D.C. e-scooter users additional...

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CLIENT ALERT – Changes to Estate Tax Rules May Be Looming

2021

In his late April address to a joint session of Congress, and in various speeches thereafter, President Biden laid out many of his proposals for tax changes. Of chief concern to our estate planning clients are potential changes to the federal estate tax, as well as other tax changes which could bear upon planning. Many...

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Maryland Courts are Reopening as COVID-19 Restrictions Loosen

2021

As of March 15, 2021, Maryland courts are once again open to the public with restrictions in place to enforce social distancing and other CDC guidelines. Courts are holding live non-jury trials and contested hearings in civil and family matters. Of course, certain matters will still be heard via Zoom.   Maryland Across the State...

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