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…)


Fee Increases Filings in Land Records (June 17th, 2011)

Effective July 1, 2011, there will be a statewide increase in the surcharge fee from $20 to $40 on most documents and financing statements executed and recorded on or after July 1, 2011. Documents executed before July 1, 2011, even if recorded after that date, will not incur the additional surcharge.


Rachel Hess Speaks About New Stormwater Regulations (June 15th, 2011)

Rachel M. Hess was pleased to serve on the panel during the Home Builders Association of Maryland Stormwater Management Workshop held on June 14, 2011. At the Workshop, Ms. Hess provided information concerning the legal effect of the new stormwater regulations on condominiums and homeowners associations and was able to provide her broad experience and insight to many local and national developers and homebuilders. (more…)


New Ground for Divorce (April 18th, 2011)

During the 2011 legislative session, a significant change was made to Maryland law concerning divorce. The amount of time parties must have lived separate and apart without cohabitation and without interruption before filing a complaint for divorce in court has been reduced from 24 (more…)