Insights

Changes at the Maryland Commission

September 2006

In October, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. named R. Karl Aumann to serve as Chairman of the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission. Chairman Aumann had originally been appointed to the Commission in August of 2005 and, prior to coming to the Commission, had served as Maryland's Secretary of State.

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“Accidental Injury” After Harris

August 2006

The decision of the Maryland Court of Appeals in Harris v. Board of Education, issued by the Court on June 6, 2003, expanded the definition of "accidental injury" under Maryland law and eliminated the requirement that the injury must result from some "unusual activity" in order to be compensable. Almost three years later, the Maryland workers' compensation community is still sorting out exactly what is…

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Should You Have A Revocable Trust?

March 2006

A revocable (or "living") trust is one you create during your lifetime, retaining the right to amend or revoke it during your life. Upon your death, the trust usually provides a format for distributing trust income and assets to the beneficiaries you have named, and thus acts as a "will substitute" with respect to trust assets. It can produce significant advantages. Property titled in the…

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Gifting Tips

February 2006

To get the maximum future value out of a future taxable estate, here are some gifting do's and don'ts: DO give appreciating property, or property with the greatest appreciation potential; keep the appreciation from adding to the giver's taxable estate.

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Why You Need a Durable Power of Attorney

January 2006

Although we hate to admit it, we're all getting older. As time goes on, those trips to the bank get more inconvenient or downright difficult. Some day we will be unable or unwilling to take care of our business or financial matters, and will ask a spouse, trusted relative or friend to take care of them for us.

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“Easy’s Getting Harder Every Day”

February 2005

This paper will discuss the resolution of some of the more common disputes which have arisen over the efforts to offset Social Security or Workers’ Compensation payments from disability or pension plan benefits.

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