The Baker and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court decision is more LGBT-friendly than it seems

On June 4th, 2018, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, et al. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et al. The case involves the 2012 decision by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (“CCRC”) finding that the bakery had violated Colorado law in denying a request by a gay male couple to prepare a wedding cake for their reception. The couple was getting married in Massachusetts because, in 2012, same-sex marriage was not legal, and they wanted to have a nice reception in the Colorado town where they lived. Indeed, Justice Kennedy, the author of […]

What is the Best Interests of the Child Standard? How judges decide the fates of the young

After families separate, parents must decide where the children will primarily live. Some families can settle this among themselves while others require court intervention. Often parents assume the court will award custody to the mother however, that’s not necessarily the case. Put simply, the Best Interests of the Child standard simply means that the court looks at certain factors to determine what is in the best interest of the children involved in the family situation. Even when parents have an agreement, the court still must make a finding that the agreement is in the best interest of the child. Often […]

An Estate Plan for Your Small Business

A successful small business is rightly a point of pride. It means that plans were made, risks were taken, and sweat equity was liberally invested. When things go right, the resulting enterprise may become the livelihood of the founder and members of his family. After the hope for initial success, the founder’s greatest desire may be for the business to continue after he is out of the picture. This is easier said than done. Business “succession planning,” as it’s called, can be complicated stuff. But it can also be vital to ensuring that the business continues if something unexpected happens […]

Co-Parenting Resources

  Figuring out how to co-parent after a break-up, separation, or divorce is difficult. Some parents find difficulty in communicating with one another. At times the communication is simple and other times, it is rather difficult. Nonetheless, both must parent their children. Removing face-to-face conversation is sometimes the best place to start when trying to co-parent effectively. The below programs and apps provide various resources for the separated and divorced parents. Our Family Wizard is an online program which provides a platform for communication. The parents can “email” back and forth, add items to a joint calendar, and, most importantly, […]

How Maryland Law Discriminates Against Same-Sex Parents

  The LGBT community has powered ahead in recent years in terms of legal recognition for same-sex relationships. In 2013 the Supreme Court in the pivotal case of United States v. Windsor struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Then, in 2015, the high court took one step further in Obergefell v. Hodges, by asserting that the fundamental right to marry is granted to same-sex couples equally. Despite these strides, many local laws have failed to confer the marital benefits presumed upon heterosexual couples to homosexual couples. […]

Travel in the Trump Era

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments sometime this spring on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which the federal government had appealed in the summer of 2017. The Supreme Court held off on hearing arguments in the fall of 2017 because it wanted to see what would happen with the case before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, with the hope that it could resolve all of the issues with one decision. On this past February 15th, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a published decision in the case of International Refugee Assistance Project v. […]

Types of Divorce The many ways of breaking up

  There are two types of grounds for divorce: grounds based on a fault and no fault. Grounds based on fault may permit a party to obtain an absolute divorce within 12 months and could serve as a factor considered by the court in determining alimony or a marital award. There are two no-fault grounds for divorce. The most common is a 12-month separation, which means that the parties have lived separate and apart without resuming cohabitation for at least a period of 12 months. The second no-fault ground is a divorce by mutual consent which requires the parties not […]

Are Death Taxes Themselves Deceased?

When newspapers reported about the demise of Mark Twain, the American author and humorist quipped that “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” More than a century later, the same could be said of the federal estate tax, which is effectively defunct for all but the richest Americans. Please follow and like us: