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Great day for pets in Maryland – Maryland Court of Special Appeals Recognizes Emotional Value of Pets

December 17, 2014

Despite Maryland’s progressive stance on many social issues, love and respect of pets, particularly dogs, has not been high on the list. Until today, MD Code § 11-110 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article has been understood by attorneys to cap money damages on tortious injury to pets to a maximum of $7,500, no […]

GWPLLC Attorney David P. Weber featured as one of nation’s top 5 whistleblowers on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

August 2, 2014

On July 30, 2014, by a unanimous resolution the U.S. Senate declared July 30 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” for the second year in row.   The resolution comes on the anniversary of the first ever whistleblower protection law, enacted on July 30, 1778. Our revolutionary founders acted swiftly when they learned that two whistleblowers, Richard […]

IRS introduces new 501(c)(3) application process for certain prospective non-profits

July 15, 2014

On July 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service introduced a shortened application for organizations applying for 501(c)(3) status, known as the Form 1023-EZ, which is 3 pages long.  Those who have applied for 501(c)(3) status in the past or are familiar with the process know that the application (Form 1023) is upwards of 20 pages […]

Maryland Governor Signs Estate and Trust Bills Into Law

May 16, 2014

Today, Governor O’Malley signed two bills that will significantly affect estate planning in Maryland going forward.  House Bill 739 (Maryland Estate Tax – Unified Credit) increases the Maryland estate tax exemption from the currently $1 million to $1.5 million in 2015, $2 million in 2016, $3 million in 2017, $4 million in 2018, and eventually […]

Maryland Legislature Makes Death Less Taxing – Estate and Trust Law Alert

March 25, 2014

Coming towards the end of the 2014 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill on March 20, 2014, to increase the Maryland estate tax exemption over the next few years and eventually recouple with the federal estate tax exemption.  It is expected, despite the election year, that Governor Martin O’Malley will sign the […]

Goodwin Weber PLLC attorney David P. Weber featured author on Maryland Military Law in the March 2014 Maryland Bar Journal

February 27, 2014

Goodwin Weber PLLC is pleased to announce that the March 2014 edition of the Maryland Bar Journal features an article authored by David P. Weber, focused on the role, history and law authorizing the Maryland Defense Force, formerly known as the Maryland State Guard.  A link the article can be found below. Mr. Weber, a […]

Largest Class Action Discrimination Suit Settled

August 28, 2013

On the day of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I have a Dream Speech, the largest settlement ever reached in a federal discrimination case was announced. In the settlement, which you can read more about here, approximately 700 current and former African American brokers at Merrill Lynch will be paid $160 million.  […]

Goodwin Weber PLLC attorney attends the Hague Academy of International Law

August 24, 2013

Goodwin Weber PLLC Attorney Dominic S. DePersis has returned from study of Public International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law.  Mr. DePersis attended the Hague Academy during July 2013.  Mr. DePersis attended the Academy at the Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands.  Since its creation in 1923 with funding received from the Carnegie Foundation, […]

Tony Soprano failed to engage in proper estate planning. Don’t make his mistake.

July 21, 2013

Recently, we lost a talented and relatively young actor, James Gandolfini, best known for his long-standing role as Tony Soprano in the HBO hit series, The Sopranos.  However, that may not be the biggest tragedy.  He is another example of an ultra-wealthy individual who did not engage in sufficient tax and estate planning.   And when […]

Goodwin Weber PLLC announces Dominic S. DePersis has joined the firm as Of Counsel

July 3, 2013

Goodwin Weber PLLC announces Dominic DePersis has joined as Of Counsel to the firm.  Dominic is licensed in New York, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and Minnesota. He is a member of the UN Global Compact Anti Corruption Working Group and will be an invaluable attorney to those involved in international whistleblowing and compliance […]