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Can Legal Conduct Still Constitute A Crime?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

In most situations, a person commits a crime when they engage in conduct that is unlawful. However, there are some situations where behavior that would otherwise be perfectly legal can constitute a crime, because the person acting in that manner intends to do so for an illegal or otherwise malevolent reason. An opinion out… Read More »

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Can Someone Tortiously Interfere With A Maryland Inheritance?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When someone passes away, and they leave a will, it will normally be submitted to the Orphans’ Court (the probate court in the state of Maryland) and then admitted to probate once its authenticity and validity has been established. The law does allow any of the decedent’s heirs or ‘legatees’ to file what is… Read More »

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Do Certain Real Estate Liens Take Precedence Over Others’ Claims To The Property?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Normally, the process of selling off real property is one that takes not days, but weeks or even months, depending on how many issues arise. This can be a surprise to some people, but sometimes, speed is of the essence, especially if they are trying to sell their property in order to pay off… Read More »

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Can My Family Ties In Foreign Countries Be Used Against Me When Applying For A Security Clearance?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Most of the time, when a person is applying for a job, they are doing so on their own merits, with only their record and their achievements to speak for them. However, when a person is applying for a security clearance, much more than their own record is scrutinized – everything from past friends… Read More »

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How an “Ambiguity” in a Commercial Lease Can Lead to Litigation

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When negotiating any form of real estate lease, it is critical to be precise. Any ambiguity in the terms of a lease may lead to disagreements between the parties, which in turn can lead to litigation. And if a judge finds that the lease is indeed ambiguous, it may be necessary to look at… Read More »

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Maryland Court of Appeals Recognizes Tort of “Intentional Interference” with an Inheritance

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

The purpose of any estate plan is to distribute your property according to your wishes. So what happens if someone interferes with those wishes? Many states have recognized a specific kind of tort claim known as “intentional interference with an inheritance or gift.” Indeed, just recently the Maryland Court of Appeals decided to recognize… Read More »

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How “Unfriending” Someone Online May Be Used Against You in a Criminal Trial

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Social media has become a daily part of our lives. One consequence of this is that anything a person does or says online may later be introduced as evidence in a civil or criminal trial. This poses special challenges for criminal defense, as it is critical for judges to properly authenticate the validity of… Read More »

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Will Falling Behind on My Student Loan Payments Doom My Efforts to Obtain a Security Clearance?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Student loan debt is a significant burden carried by many people in this country. Unlike other types of consumer debts, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to discharge unpaid student loans in bankruptcy. As a result, it is not uncommon for people to default on their student loans or otherwise fall behind on… Read More »

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How Will an Old Credit Card Debt Affect the Renewal of My Security Clearance?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Many people who require a security clearance for their jobs run into problems due to financial difficulties. Under the Department of Defense’s guidelines, the “failure to live within one’s means, satisfy debts, and meet financial obligations” may be cited as grounds for rejecting or revoking a clearance. The main concern is that a clearance… Read More »

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What Is a “Confidential Relationship” When It Comes to Maryland Estate Planning?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When it comes to estate planning, Maryland law imposes a heightened duty on anyone deemed to be in a “confidential relationship” with the person who is making the plan. For example, an estate planning attorney is always in a confidential relationship with their client. This means the attorney must act in the client’s best… Read More »

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