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  • Artisan's and Mechanic's Liens are a way for workers to make sure they get paid for their work.
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  • A brief summary of Maryland Law on Defamation for Private Persons
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  • This article describes what part the community has in issuing liquor licenses in Baltimore City.
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  • A recent ruling from the Maryland Court of Appeals held that owners of pit bulls are strictly liable for damages caused by the dog.
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  • May I keep chickens on my property? What are the rules in my city or county?
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Civil Rights

  • Civil rights generally refers to the rights that individuals living in the United States have under the United States Constitution , certain federal laws, the Maryland constitution and certain state laws.
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  • There are a number of federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination because of age, race, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and pregnancy.
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  • Several federal statutes (laws) allow people whose civil rights have been violated to sue the violator(s).
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  • In addition to the general requirements you must meet in order to vote in Maryland, there are special rules if you have been convicted of certain crimes and/or are currently under certain restrictions within the criminal justice system.
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  • The Fifteenth Amendment (Amendment XV) to the United States Constitution prohibits each government in the United States from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude" (i.e., slavery). It was ratified on February 3, 1870.
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Immigration

  • American immigration law is federal law, so it is the same in all states of the United States.
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Personal Injury

  • You are likely to find a "contingency fee" in personal injury cases, accidental claims, property damage cases, or other cases where a large amount of money is in contention.
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  • For a number of reasons, personal injury is an area of the law that is generally not suited to self-representation. This section will give you an overview of the law, give you some tips on things to look out for and help you to find an attorney.
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  • Generally, recoveries for physical harm are not taxable. Other types of monetary settlements are taxable.
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Maryland Small Business

  • This article provides an introduction to cooperatives, as well as an overview of the considerations involved in creating a cooperative. A cooperative is a business or nonprofit organization owned and operated by the people who either use or provide its services. Cooperatives exist in nearly every sector of the economy and employ millions of people each year.
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  • This article explains what a Community Development Corporation (CDC) is and sets forth some of the steps to starting one in Maryland.
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  • Most businesses operating in Maryland must file a report by April 15 each year to maintain "good standing" with SDAT, the State Department of Assessment and Taxation. Without "good standing," a business may lose limited liability or other legal protections associated with being a corporation, limited liability company (LLC), limited partnership (LP), limited liability partnership (LLP), or certain types of trusts or farms.
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  • This article describes how to create a nonprofit organization.
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  • This article covers what a small family child care provider must include in a contract with parents under the Maryland regulations known as COMAR Title 13A, Subtitle 15.
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Taxes

  • If someone else helps you to prepare your taxes, you can check out their credentials.
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  • If your earned income (income from a job) falls below certain levels, you may qualify for a reduction in taxes and possibly a refund.
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  • Montgomery County was the first local jurisdiction in the country to establish a local Earned Income Credit Program. The County will match a taxpayer's State Refundable EIC dollar for dollar.
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  • Information on ordering or downloading tax forms, filing electronically, and dealing with tax preparers.
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  • The IRS has established a form to allow tax payers to get refunds directly deposited into multiple accounts, or to save all or a portion of the refund in U.S. Savings Bonds.
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  • Divorce can affect your income taxes. Your written settlement agreement should state how you and your spouse will handle:
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  • The Tax Saver's Credit allows low and moderate income people who contribute to an IRA or qualified retirement plan may be able to get a tax credit up to $1,000.
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Veterans/Military

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