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REAL ID for Maryland – Update

If you or your family members need to renew a Maryland driver’s license, remember that you’ll now need additional documentation. The changes stem from the REAL ID Act, a federal law passed by Congress in the wake of September 11, 2001 attacks. The REAL ID Act establishes specific minimum federal standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID…

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Taken for a Ride: What to Know as a Ride-Sharing Passenger

In a recent post we addressed the changing picture of liability coverage for those working as drivers for ride-sharing service like Uber and Lyft (if you missed it, read it here).  But what are the risks to passengers of these wildly popular services? The first thing to understand is that in many cases individual states…

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Fun Overload: When Good Times Get Out of Hand

March is a much anticipated month in Maryland, when many of us start shedding our winter layers in excited preparation for the coming spring. In addition to extra clothes, however, some folks also shed their common sense. There is such thing as having too much fun, and a few times illustrate that better than the…

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Extravagant Holiday Gifts and How to Protect Them

Buying something special this year?  Camera equipment, jewelry, furs, electronics, etc.? It’s that time of year again, and most of us are making our lists and checking them twice. Some gifts – like those to our partners, children, nieces, and nephews – will be fun and heartfelt. Others – the ones to our colleagues, neighbors,…

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Guns in the Home?

In the United States, gun ownership is still a hot button issue. A 2014 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that having a firearm in the home puts those in the household at higher risk of committing suicide or being the victim of a homicide. And approximately one third of American households keep…

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