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Can You Be Held Personally Liable for a Debt Incurred by the Previous Owner of Your House?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When you purchase real property, you need to be aware of any covenants that may impose restrictions on your use or enjoyment of the land. Covenants often “run with the land” itself, meaning the restriction is conveyed to any subsequent owners. At the same time, just because a covenant appears in a deed, that… Read More »

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Suitability and Fitness Determinations: How they Differ from Security Clearance Actions

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Potential clients end up calling our offices all the time and the story similar, “I’ve been denied a security clearance and I need help!” When it comes time for the appointment and the individual shares their documentation, it is apparent that they have not been denied a security clearance, they have been denied or… Read More »

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When Is a Photo Array Identification Inadmissible in a Criminal Trial?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Police lineups and photo arrays are familiar to anyone who has ever watched a television crime drama. But how credible are eyewitness identifications of this sort in real life? And what if a witness initially identifies someone but later hesitates or walks back their answer? Md. Court of Appeals Reverses Armed Robbery Conviction Based… Read More »

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Maryland Adopts Changes to Spousal “Elective Share” Rules

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

The Maryland legislature recently made significant changes to the state’s “elective share” law. The elective share refers to the right of a surviving spouse to receive a share of their deceased spouse’s estate, notwithstanding the provisions of the deceased spouse’s will (or intestate succession law if there is no will). Under existing law, the… Read More »

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How Poor Financial Decisions Can Affect Your Ability to Obtain a Security Clearance

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Financial problems can seriously affect your ability to obtain or retain a government security clearance. Under the guidelines used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), an applicant’s “[f]ailure or inability to live within one’s means, satisfy debts, and meet financial obligations” may be cited as evidence they cannot be trusted with classified information…. Read More »

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Responding to Interrogatories from Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) or Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF)

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Have you received Interrogatories from the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF) or the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA)? If so, you are probably feeling like all other individuals who have received them in the past, and as those will feel in the future – nervous, anxious, scared, and confused…. Read More »

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Can I Get and Extension of Time to Respond to the Statement of Reasons (SOR)?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Have you received a Statement of Reasons (SOR) from the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF) or other Government Entity revoking or denying you a security clearance? If so, you are probably feeling like all other individuals who have received them in the past, and as those will feel in the future… Read More »

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Dealing with Construction Contract Disputes

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When it comes to contracts, most people do not think about the specific language unless there is a dispute. For example, when a builder and a homeowner sign a construction contract, there are a number of clauses that specify each party’s respective obligations. In an ideal world, the construction goes smoothly and nobody needs… Read More »

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Can the Police Frisk Me If I’m Just Sitting in My Car Minding My Own Business?

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

When facing serious criminal charges, you have the right to challenge the means by which the prosecution obtained any evidence against you. The Fourth Amendment protects you against unreasonable search and seizure. This means that if the police conducted an illegal search of your person or property, any evidence obtained cannot be used against… Read More »

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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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