PK Law to sponsor Baltimore County Community Resource Guide Luncheon

Pessin Katz Law, P.A., is proud to be a sponsor at the Baltimore County Community Resource Guide Luncheon on Thursday, May 24th at Martin’s West at 9am.

We will have a booth with paralegals from the Estate Planning, Elder Care and Wealth Preservation departments on hand to answer any of your questions.

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Maryland’s Highest Court Unanimously Confirms Same-Sex Marriage Case


Maryland’s highest court, the Maryland Court of Appeals, announced that Maryland must recognize as legal same-sex marriages that are performed in other states.  The decision was unanimous and historic.  

“Maryland recognizes liberally foreign marriages, even those marriages that may be prohibited from being formed if conducted in this state,” Judge Glenn T. Harrell Jr. wrote for the high court.  “Maryland recognizes liberally foreign marriages, even those marriages that may be prohibited from being formed if conducted in this State,” unless those marriages violate “public policy”.  In other words, Judge Harrell’s decision concludes, “Generally, Maryland courts will honor foreign marriages as long as the marriage was valid in the state where performed.”  Here, the Court decided, there was not only no public policy reason to deny the couple a divorce, but “an array of statutes prohibit public or private discrimination based on sexual orientation.”  

PK Law attorney Leslie R. Stellman who argued in favor of this decision on April 6, 2012, before the Court of Appeals, explained, “The Court based its decision on a legal doctrine known as ‘comity,’ in which the courts of one state recognize marriages validly entered into in another state.”  Mr. Stellman further noted that “the Court made it clear that regardless of the outcome of any election that may be held this fall on the Marriage Equality Act, which would allow for same sex marriages here in Maryland, its decision granting divorces to same sex couples married in states where their marriages were recognized would stand.”

Mark S. Scurti, attorney and head of the same-sex/LGBT department at PK Law, added, “Rejecting the lower court’s refusal to grant the couple a divorce, on ’public policy’ grounds, the Court of Appeals has concluded that Maryland’s public policy actually supports protecting the rights of gays and lesbians, as reflected in numerous laws and regulations acknowledging their right to be free of discrimination in employment, housing, and other aspects of their lives.”

Of note, the vote on same-sex marriages in Maryland may be put to a ballot referendum during the November 2012 election, if enough valid signatures are collected from registered Maryland voters.

Counselor Connection 2012, Hosted by the Maryland Housing Counselors Network, Inc., Featuring Mark F. Scurti, Esq.

Pessin Katz Law, P.A., attorney, Mark F. Scurti, will be presenting at the Counselor Connection 2012, hosted by the Maryland Housing Counselors Network, Inc. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 3:15pm-4:45pm, located at Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

The panel is entitled:  Transitioning out of Home Ownership.  Mr. Scruti will be focusing on legal issues faced by homeowners who want to transition from ownership to rental as a result of foreclosure, short sales, or bankruptcy.  3:15-4:45pm

This is open to the public and primarily geared towards Housing Counselors in Maryland.

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Probate Process From A to Z Featuring PK Law Attorneys Kevin F. Bress & Thomas J. Gisriel

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Ensuring the Decedent’s Wishes are Carried Through

Baltimore, May 7, 2012:

  • Crowne Plaza Baltimore
  • 2004 Geenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093

Rockville, May 8, 2012:

  • Crowne Plaza Rockville
  • 3 Research Court, Rockville, MD 20850

Registration: 8:30am-9am

Seminar: 9am-4:30pm

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How should a joint venture certified under the Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program be structured?

Minority-Owned Business

Written By: James R. Benjamin, Jr., Esquire

A joint venture under the ACDBE Program refers to an association of an ACDBE business firm and one or more other firms to carry out a single, for-profit business enterprise, for which the parties combine their property, capital, skills and knowledge. 

In structuring the joint venture, it is important to clearly identify the participants in the joint venture as well as the single, for-profit business enterprise to be undertaken.  The term of the joint venture should be clearly stated as well as any factors that could affect the term of the joint venture.  Capital to be contributed by joint venture participants should be included as well as methods for distributing profits and losses. It is important to clearly delineate responsibilities for the overall and day-to-day management of the joint venture as well as responsibilities for administrative matters, including recordkeeping and account management. In addition, events and conditions upon which the joint venture may be dissolved, and the method by which assets are to be distributed upon dissolution, should be clearly stated.

Certification of a business can be a viable tool for developing and maintaining business relationships. Businesses seeking certification as an MBE, DBE or ACDBE may want to consider obtaining legal advice concerning eligibility requirements for certification prior to applying for certification.