Robert Ferguson Honored as a “Leader in Law”

On May 5, 2016, The Daily Record presented Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew’s President, Robert L. Ferguson, Jr. with its “Leadership in Law” award at a banquet in Annapolis. The award honors “active mentors, fostering strong, future generations of professional and community leaders.” Recognizing Mr. Ferguson’s significant and ongoing commitment to the Maryland legal community, as More

Hotel Pool Lift Requirements Under the ADA

Over the last several years, the hospitality industry has grappled with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to make a number of recreational facilities, including swimming pools, accessible to individuals with a disability. Title III of the ADA requires places of public accommodation, including hotels, to remove physical barriers in existing pools More

The Formation and Structure of the Maryland Religious Corporation

A Religious Corporation is a non-stock corporation.  As such, the provisions of the Maryland general statutory corporate law will apply to it, unless the provisions of the statute clearly require otherwise.  Maryland Code, Corporations & Associations Article § 5-201. A Religious Corporation is created under Title 5, Subtitle 3 of the Maryland Code, Corporations & More

IRS Changes Health FSA “Use or Lose” Rule

On October 31, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2013-71 (Notice), which modifies the “use or lose” rule for health flexible spending accounts (Health FSAs). Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are popular benefits offered by many employers as part of their employee’s health-care package.  Health FSAs are accounts that allow employers to reimburse employees More

The Historical Roots of Maryland Church Law

Maryland’s law concerning Churches and Religious Corporations grows out of the State’s history of religious freedom, which is the oldest such tradition in the Nation.   The General Assembly of Maryland, meeting in St. Mary’s City, adopted The Act of Toleration (formally “An Act Concerning Religion”) on April 21, 1649. This Act secured religious freedom More