Impact of COVID-19

SLHS began teleworking on April 2, 2020.  On May 18, 2020 SLHS employees returned to work at our law offices.  We are fully operational at 100% and will continue to do so throughout the duration of the pandemic.  We will continue to offer legal services to clients as efficiently and as effectively as possible.

We value the health and safety of our employees, business partners, clients and our community.  SLHS is committed to everyone’s safety.  All SLHS employees are practicing and observing the CDC recommendations and protections necessary to comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders.  To comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders face coverings are required when inside our offices.

We have transitioned our firm to making use of available technology to ensure safe meetings.  SLHS applied for and received the Harford County Government COVID-19 Relief Grant.  With this grant we purchased cameras for each employees’ desk.  Therefore, SLHS is able to offer and participate in remote video conferencing.  We have become experienced in using Zoom, WebX, FaceTime and GoToWebinar. We encourage our clients to use telephone and video conferencing to minimize person to person contact. You can participate using your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

We understand that sometimes face-to-face meetings are required and/or desired and we are happy to accommodate you.  We are willing to assist our clients, business partners and the community however they are most comfortable.  Meetings via video conferencing, or face to face meeting in person in our offices, or meeting outdoors will be trouble free.  We ask that all in-person meetings be by appointment only and that only essential parties attend.

As of June 8, 2020, Courts across the State began their phased reopening plans. However, all Courts are reopening at different rates. Remote/Virtual hearings and trials remain the preferred platform of the Harford County District and Circuit Courts.  Jury trials are not scheduled to recommence in the State until after October 5, 2020. Please contact your attorney for specific information regarding the current status of your matter.

Thank you for your continued loyalty and patience as we navigate through these uncertain and challenging times.

Here are just a few pertinent practice areas in which we can help you

Expanded Family and Medical Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was enacted into law on March 18, 2020, and takes effect April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, applies to private employers that employ less than 500 employees.

Financial Options for Relief

Linked below are resources and updates related to the current COVID-19 circumstances.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was enacted into law on March 18, 2020, and takes effect April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, applies to private employers that employ less than 500 employees.

Estate and Trust Planning — Now’s the Time!

If you have put off completing, or even starting, your Estate and/or Trust planning, you are not alone. It is often human nature to avoid having to think about or plan for your death even though most everyone can appreciate the importance of having their affairs in order.

Annual Report and Personal Property Tax Return Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020

According to its website, the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) announced today that the 2020 deadline to submit Annual Reports and Personal Property Tax Returns will be automatically extended to July 15th as part of the Hogan administration’s response to COVID-19.

Restrictions On Maryland Businesses

ARE YOU AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS?

Pursuant to the Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland, Number 20-03-23-01, dated March 23, 2020, Amending and Restating the Order of March 19, 2020, Prohibiting Large Gatherings and Events and Closing Senior Centers, and Additionally Closing all Non-Essential Businesses and Other Establishments.