Personal injury cases are mostly fact-driven. They rarely rely on nuanced legal interpretation, but rather on a common sense analysis of the facts. And the facts usually play out over a very brief period of time. It only takes a second or two for an accident to begin and end, and it is in this moment that someone may or may not be at fault for an injury. It is often the presentation of simple facts that can make the difference at trial. I recently tried a case that I believed we were likely to lose. My two clients were the passengers in a large SUV that was stopped at a left turn signal. When their vehicle turned left, it was struck in the intersection Read More
Monthly Archives: September 2017
So You Want to Become a Lyft Driver in Traverse City…
What Tax and Legal Issues Should You Be Aware of? ARE YOU QUALIFIED? Lyft’s website says they are hiring drivers all across Michigan. Applicants need to be: -at least 21 years old -pass a background and DMV check -own a smart phone -have a 2005 or newer vehicle with four doors and 5-8 seats -possess a valid driver’s license, registration and insurance. Applications are being accepted online. YOU WILL BE AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR Lyft drivers are independent contractors, not employees of Lyft. So, as a driver, you are considered to be self-employed; you own a separate “business” that Lyft uses to provide driving services. When you get paid, it is not like a traditional paycheck; taxes have not been taken Read More
What the Heck is Ground Rent?
According to The People’s Law Library of Maryland, “Ground rent is a periodic monetary payment by a tenant to a ground lease holder who holds a reversionary interest in the property or “ground” underneath a home.” But what does that actually mean in plain English? Basically, for certain properties (most of which are located in Baltimore City), homeowners are required to pay a small sum of money (typically $50.00-$100.00 per year) to a person or company known as the ground rent holder. This concept, which dates back to the 18th Century, still causes confusion to homeowners and mortgage companies unfamiliar with the practice. If it’s that simple, why is it so confusing? Ground rent is an unfamiliar Read More