Archive for November, 2010
Monday, November 29th, 2010
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Although we are quite sure that since Thanksgiving, the last thing you want to think about is another dinner, we thought we would share this interesting dinner article wtih you. In order to have more memorable family meals, below are excerpts from an article titled “10 Ways to Make Dinner Fun” in The Washington Post‘s Parade that explain 10 ways to make dinner fun:
1. It’s a Date!
Set a regular time.
2. Friends and Family Welcome
“The more the merrier” really puts everyone in a happy mood, with all on their best behavior.
3. No Phones
Do not answer or text on the phone at dinner.
4. One Meal, No Substitutions
You’re not doing your kids any favors by allowing them to choose what the eat, even though their choice is not on the dinner table.
5. Everyone Helps Clean Up
Clean up is faster when everyone chips in — and it’s more fun, too.
6. Everyone Comes to the Table at the Same Time
No late stragglers, no showing up when you feel like it.
7. Everyone Tries Everything
Why not give your taste buds an opportunity to be pleasantly surprised?
8. No Television
Of course, that also includes any electronic device. Maybe we should just call this rule “No screens.”
9. Tap Water Only, Filtered if Needed
No individual plastic bottles allowed in the kitchen, period. Serve it cold and preferably from a filtered tap in a clear glass pitcher.
10. You’re Excused
No one leaves the table until after dessert.
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
According to the article titled “ICC weeks from opening first section in county” in The Montgomery County Sentinel, by Nick Coletta, ”motorists could be weeks away from driving on the first segment of the Intercounty Connector”, also known as the ICC. The initial section of the ICC, also known as Contract A, is scheduled to open in late December 2010. Contract A “will run for 7.2 miles between Interstate 270/Interstate 370 near Shady Grove Metro Station in Gaithersburg and Georgia Avenue in northern Silver Spring.” According to Ray Feldmann, spokesman for the ICC Project Management Office, Contract A is 88% complete; however, there are no guarantees as to the scheduled opening date because of the unpredictable weather.
“The ICC will use E-ZPass transponders to collect tolls, making it the first highway in Maryland to generate revenue electronically.” Therefore, cash will not be accepted. “[M]otorists without an E-ZPass will be mailed a $3 surcharge to their vehicles’ registered addresses each time they use the roadway.”
“Motorists will pay 25 cents a mile during peak hours, 20 cents a mile during off-peak hours and 10 cents a mile during the overnight period”. Such hours/periods will be based on travel patterns, according to Feldmann.
Contract B and Contract C:
Once Contract A is complete, “Contract B and Contract C are scheduled to open together in late 2011 or early 2012, according to Feldman.” The ICC consists of a total of five contract sections.
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
As previously noted, Olde Key Title works with and is fortunate to receive astute legal guidance from the law firm, Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger. Paul F. Kemp, a partner with Ethridge Quinn, was named as one of the “Best Lawyers” in Criminal Defense (White-Collar) in Washington DC’s Best Lawyers – The Definitive Guide to Legal Representation in Washington DC (2011 Edition). Michael J. McAuliffe, another partner with Ethridge Quinn, was named one of the “Best Lawyers” in DUI/DWI Defense. John M. ”Jack” Quinn, another partner with Ethridge Quinn, was named as one of the “Best Lawyers” in Personal Injury Litigation.
Congratulations to Paul, Mike, and Jack from Olde Key Title!
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
According to an article entitled “Cyber Crime and Check Fraud“, written by Greg Lister for ALTA, “cyber crime is growing exponentially.” Statistics (specifically, the 2008 CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey) reflected that the average annual loss due to computer security incidents was nearly $300,000 per company (based on the 500 companies that were surveyed). Corporate, as well as consumer, bank account numbers, security information, etc. can be bought online at cyber bazaars.
The article lists a number of ways that you can protect your company, yourself and your family. Below, you will find some of such ways.
- ”Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software…”
- “Unplug your Internet connection whey you’re away.”
- “Never open an email attachment unless you are expecting it or know what it contains.”
- “Download software only from trusted sites.”
- Inquire at your bank about using a “‘Security Token…’”
- “Require that all sensitive data be encrypted or password protected before transmission.”
Check Fraud Prevention Strategies:
- “Use high security checks that have 10 or more safety features.”
- “Implement Positive Pay, an automated check-matching service offered by many banks.”
Monday, November 8th, 2010
Here is a simple chart that outlines what owner’s title insurance covers. There is also a consumer guide to title insurance on the Maryland Insurance Administration website that provides information to consumers. The rates are set by the State of Maryland. As a result, title insurance rates should be the same wherever one goes for settlement, the only distinction is whether one gets regular or enhanced/eagle coverage. Due to values in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, most people get enhanced coverage as it provides quite a bit more coverage for a 20-25% increase in rate.
If you have any questions regarding title insurance, please visit Olde Key Title’s website under the section entitled “Real Estate & Settlement FAQ” or feel free to call Olde Key Title at 301-294-3333.
Monday, November 1st, 2010
Do you have a will? Regardless of your answer, the article titled “14 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Will”, written by Liz Pulliam Weston and republished with permission by Larry Pendleton at The Legend Group, is a must-read. This article summarizes the 14 mistakes you should avoid with regard to your will. According to the article, the number one mistake is not having a will. Generally, wills simplify probate and assure that decedents’ wishes are carried out. To read ”14 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Will”, please click here.
Should you, or anyone you know who is over the age of eighteen, need help with drafting a will or reviewing an estate plan, please contact us; Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger has many attorneys who specialize in estate planning and they are more than happy to assist you.
It’s that time of the year again; it’s flu/cold season. Do you know how to distinguish a cold from the flu? If not, FLU vs. COLD is a table that provides you with helpful tips/symptoms.
Here’s to a healthy fall/winter season!