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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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How a Misplaced Fence Can Lead to an “Adverse Possession” Lawsuit in Maryland

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

There have been many cases in Maryland real estate law where neighbors end up in court over the location of a fence. That is to say, the fence may mark a different boundary between the neighboring properties than what is actually reflected in the land records. If this “incorrect” boundary remains in place long… Read More »

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Government Suitability & Fitness

By Henault & Sysko Chartered |

Experienced National Security Law Attorneys Representing Government Employees and Contractors in Suitability & Fitness Cases At Henault & Sysko Chartered, our suitability & fitness attorneys have a long history representing government employees and federal contractors across a wide range of legal matters. If you have been denied a position or removed over concerns about… Read More »

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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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