Happy Holidays! (December 18th, 2013)

We wish our valued clients and friends, neighbors, and all others a peaceful, happy, and joyous holiday season.  Please remember to help those less fortunate than us by a donation of time, money, or food or toys to a charity of your choice.  Let’s help make it a wonderful time of year for everybody.  Click here to learn how WHFL is involved in our community.

Ask a Lawyer (May 1st, 2013)

Question: A client asked me whether she needed a living will. She and her husband prepared wills many years ago and wanted to know “whether a living will is the same as our Last Will and Testament?”

Answer: No, they are not the same. This is a fairly common question even though living wills and testamentary wills are very different. A testementary will, commonly just called a will, is a legal document that directs how your estate will be distributed after you die. Living wills, on the other hand, have nothing to do with your estate, but instead address your healthcare and end-of-life needs while you are still living — hence it is called a “Living Will.”

Although no one expects it will happen to them, many people suffer catastrophic injuries or illnesses that render them incapable of communicating their healthcare wishes to others. Family members confronted with a loved one in such a situation are often conflicted as to the type of medical care that should be provided. It is not uncommon for one family member to push for life sustaining measures, while another pushes for only palliative care. Sadly, this scenario lends itself to family conflict at an already stressful time.

Rather than force your family to make decisions for you, your living will tells your family and medical providers precisely the type of treatment you want to have in the event that you become unable to voice your wishes. You may want to have life sustaining treatent, or direct that all life sustaining measures withdrawn. You could direct that no emergency procedures be used to extend your life.

In the event that you or someone you know needs a “Living Will” or other estate document, please do not hesitate to let us know. We will be glad to assist you.

Sheldon Levitt is a partner and attorney at Winegrad, Hess, Friedman & Levitt, LLC.  Send any questions to slevitt@whfl-law.com

Winegrad, Hess, Friedman & Levitt, LLC has prepared this post for  informational purposes only. It is not guaranteed to be legally accurate or current. Nothing contained herein shall constitute legal advice and access to this post is not intended to and does not create a lawyer-client relationship. Please seek legal counsel before taking any action based upon information contained within this post.

Rachel M. Hess Named as Director (April 30th, 2013)

We are pleased to announce that Rachel M. Hess, Esquire was named as a Director of the Home Builders Association of Maryland Land Development Council. The Council offers services and special interest programs covering government relations and representation, educational opportunities, marketing exposure as well as the exchange of ideas to promote high standards within the development industry. Through its Awards of Excellence program, it also recognizes developers who have made significant contributions to outstanding land development projects by showing resourceful uses of land and sensitivity to the environment.

Rachel M. Hess Guest Speaker on Community Associations (April 17th, 2013)

On April 16, 2013, Rachel M. Hess, Esquire, was the guest speaker for the Baltimore County Bar Association, Real Property Committee, concerning the creation and initial operation of condomunium and homeowner associations. She also addressed recent relevant case law and legislation.  The event was well attended and very informative.

Ms. Hess focuses her practice on representing national, regional and local residential and commercial developers, builders and management companies throughout the real estate transaction process. Her new and existing clients routinely rely on her experience and intimate knowledge of real estate law to determine the most feasible structure of the project to accomplish the client’s goals while reducing potential liability. Ms. Hess regularly advises and counsels clients relating to the structure and formation of all types of commercial, residential and mixed-use projects.

Same-Sex Marriage is Here (December 10th, 2012)

After the Maryland legislature passed a law to permit same-sex marriage, Maryland voters approved a ballot measure that makes the law valid. Beginning next year, same-sex couples will be able to marry and share the same rights as all other married couples. Before getting married, we encourage same-sex couples (and other couples) to consider Pre-Marital Agreements—especially those who have been together for a while and have accumulated assets.

A Pre-Marital Agreement permits the parties to decide before the marriage issues of property rights and support, avoid arguments in the event of divorce, and clarify financial issues. With divorce rates so high, even with the best intentions it would be foolish not to consider making a Pre-Marital Agreement so that if divorce does happen, you will have already resolved all issues between you. This leads to a less traumatic and less costly divorce.

We can help you prepare a Pre-Marital Agreement.  Just contact us to schedule an appointment.

Happy Holidays from Winegrad, Hess, Friedman & Levitt (December 10th, 2012)

Please accept our wishes, especially to our valued clients and friends, for a peaceful, happy, and joyous holiday season.  At this time of year we encourage everyone to help those less fortunate than us by a donation of time, money, or food or toys to a charity of your choice.  Let’s help make it a wonderful time of year for everybody.  Click here to learn how WHFL is involved in our community.

Sheldon Levitt Holds Seminar on Will and Estates (November 8th, 2012)

Sheldon H. Levitt was pleased to participate in a seminar on November 7, 2012, to provide information about wills and estates. Mr. Levitt discussed the importance and preparation of wills, advance directives, and powers of attorney. He also discussed the administration of regular and small estates.

Mr. Levitt has an active general practice representing both individuals and businesses. Please contact him with any questions you may have.

Protection of Personal Social Media Information (April 9th, 2012)

Under a new proposed law, Maryland employers would not be able to request or require that an employee or applicant disclose any user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal account or service through an electronic communications device.  In other words, no employee or applicant (more…)

Robert M. Winegrad (February 14th, 2012)

We are saddened to announce that Robert M. Winegrad, a founding partner of Winegrad, Hess, Friedman & Levitt, LLC, died on February 8, 2012. He was 80 years old.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Winegrad started the firm in 1969 and worked there until his retirement in 2008. Known for his common sense approach to the law, he quickly developed a general practice and loyal client base that endured for generations. We are proud to continue the tradition of excellence, intergrity, and client commitment in his memory.

Personal Injury Protection (October 26th, 2011)

Every automobile insurance policy issued in Maryland must include an option to include Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This coverage will reimburse you for lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses that result from an automobile accident—even if the accident was your fault. There’s a catch, however, and that is you can waive PIP. We suggest you don’t because the premium cost is relatively low compared with the potential benefits you can receive. (more…)