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Will My Heirs Have to Pay Maryland’s Inheritance Tax?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Maryland is one of the few states to collect an inheritance tax as part of the probate process. This means that you need to be aware of what types of inheritances are considered taxable as part of your own estate and succession planning. And while the prospect of your heirs paying any tax at… Read More »

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Can Hearsay Evidence Count Against Me in a Security Clearance Appeal?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When the Department of Defense denies your application for a security clearance, you do have the right to appeal and ask for a hearing. Such hearings are administrative in nature, however, rather than criminal. This means that certain types of evidence that are not admissible in a normal court may still be considered by… Read More »

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What Is “Loss Mitigation” and How Does It Affect a Foreclosure Proceeding in Maryland?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Most Maryland residents rely on a mortgage when purchasing their home or other real estate. If the borrower defaults on the mortgage, the lender has the right to foreclose on the property. But this can lead to significant financial losses for the lender. To help avoid such outcomes, loan servicers–the middlemen who typically accept… Read More »

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Are Text Messages to My Spouse Admissible Evidence in a Criminal Trial?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

If you watch enough television courtroom dramas, you have probably heard about the concept of “spousal privilege,” i.e., the idea that one spouse cannot be compelled to testify against the other in a criminal trial. In reality, spousal privilege actually takes two forms. The first is what is described above, which is known as… Read More »

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What Is the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

A key concept when it comes to understanding estate and succession planning is the difference between probate and non-probate assets. Basically, a probate asset is something that passes under the terms of your last will and testament. Now, you might think that everything you own is a probate asset, but in many cases that… Read More »

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Failing to Pay Your Taxes on Time Can Cost You Your Security Clearance

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Many Americans find themselves in a financial pinch where they cannot pay their taxes on-time. If you work in a normal job, this may not be a big deal; you simply pay the additional penalties and interest and go on with your life. But if you work in a position that requires a federal… Read More »

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How Your Sexual History Can Affect Your Security Clearance

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When the Department of Defense reviews an application for a security clearance in Maryland, it does not just examine the applicant’s professional history. The government also looks deep into the applicant’s personal history, including his or her “sexual behavior.” This includes sexual behavior where a criminal offense occurs, such as prostitution, but it also… Read More »

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Does a Negative Job Reference on a Security Clearance Application Constitute “Defamation”?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Obtaining a security clearance is often a stressful process. Even the slightest blemish on your record, or question about your character, may raise suspicions and ultimately lead to the denial (or revocation) of a clearance. For these reasons, it is important to ensure that you maintain a good work history and employment record. Maryland… Read More »

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Can Unresolved Financial Issues from My Divorce Impact My Security Clearance?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Delinquent debts are frequently cited as a reason by government agencies to deny or revoke a security clearance. The source of the debt is less important than identifying what positive steps the security clearance applicant took to “mitigate” any security concerns raised by his or her financial problems. This means that if your job… Read More »

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Could My Social Drinking Affect My Security Clearance?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

There are many personal vices or habits that can make it more difficult to obtain a security clearance. For example, under Department of Defense (DOD) guidelines, a person’s “excessive alcohol consumption” may be cited as grounds to deny a security clearance, as such drinking “often leads to the exercise of questionable judgment or the… Read More »

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