Practice Area

Corporations / LLCs

Business Corporations and Limited Liability Companies
Principal Forms of Business Organizations:

  • Sole Proprietorship: A business owned and operated by one person. The proprietor supplies capital and manages the business, makes all decisions, retains all profits, bears all losses, and is personally liable for the debts of the business.
  • General Business Partnership: An association of two or more persons as co owners to carry on a business for profit. Each partner contributes money, property, labor, and skill to the partnership, is entitled to a proportionate share of the profits, and is personally responsible for losses. Profits are taxed whether or not withdrawn by partners.
  • Corporation: A separate legal entity organized for business purposes. It is owned by shareholders who elect a board of directors to manage. It is a separate entity, can sue and be sued, enter into contracts, own property in its corporate name. Shareholders and officers generally are not liable for debts, in absence of fraud or disregard of corporate formalities.
  • Limited Liability Company: An entity taxed like a partnership, but whose owners have limited liability as if they were stockholders of a corporation. The owners manage the business pursuant to an Operating Agreement.
  • Others: Limited partnership, joint venture, nonprofit corporation, ‘S’ corporation.

Our legal services include:

  • Formation of business 
  • Business transactions 
  • Leases 
  • Contracts 
  • Franchise and Licensing Agreements 
  • Sales, liquidations and dissolutions 
  • Business litigation 

Other legal issues affecting business

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Civil Litigation

Sometimes, the only way to resolve a business matter or dispute, a consumer problem, or breach of a contract is through civil litigation.  Civil litigation encompasses a large area of law, including real estate disputes, landlord/tenant issues, proceedings before administrative agencies, alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as mediation or arbitration, jury or court trials, and proceedings before appellate courts.

The attorneys of Bascietto & Bregman, LLC have the experience required to vigorously defend your rights in all of these matters and more.  We take pride in providing personal care to our clients.  Our lawyers will spend the time necessary to get to know you and your case.  When we build a legal strategy, it is built specifically with your needs in mind.  We are here for you.  Our civil litigation attorneys evaluate and advise clients on professional and personal matters that may require litigation.  Understanding how to prepare your case, the steps and procedures involved, as well as how to leverage your negotiating position, requires the advice of a skilled, experienced attorney.

To find out more about what our dedicated commercial and civil litigation attorneys can do for you, call us at  301-362-0009.

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Business Law Litigation

The Law Offices of Bascietto & Bregman represents clients in general business litigation matters.  We conscientiously work with our clients to prosecute their claims and protect their legal and financial rights and interests.

Our firm represents clients in all types of business litigation, including:

  • Breach of contract disputes
  • Foreclosure
  • Real estate litigation
  • Partnership disputes
  • And all other business transactional matters

We also counsel our clients in methods and procedures designed to minimize business or contract disputes from the outset (proactive measures).

Unfortunately, litigation is expensive.  Before advising our client to go that route, we look at alternative methods to resolve the dispute, including effective negotiation, exploration of pre-litigation settlement possibilities, and alternative dispute resolution.  However, when litigation is unavoidable, we will be professional and aggressive advocates for our clients.

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Student Disciplinary Defense

If you are charged or arrested for a crime, you may also be charged with a complaint for violating the student conduct code. Such complaints are generally submitted in writing to the administration. University and grade school disciplinary action may include suspension, dismissal, expulsion, or letters of reprimand. If the student was charged with a criminal offense pertaining to on-school activities or property, defending those criminal charges may only be half the battle, as the institution will likely bring disciplinary charges in the near future.

Attorney Brian R. Bregman handles all student disciplinary cases at the Law Offices of Bascietto & Bregman, LLC. In fact, defending students is not only his job, it’s also his passion.

Many students and parents do not think about seeking legal advice until it’s too late. You lose many valuable rights and opportunities if you delay, as oftentimes disciplinary hearings are held within days of the accusation. Occasionally, some parents and students hesitate to obtain legal advice or representation. Reasons for this include worries about legal fees or that by hiring an attorney, the student is “avoiding responsibility.” Let us assure of two things: first, we will work with you so that you can afford the quality legal representation that you deserve; and second, you are not doing anything wrong by asserting your legal rights and assuring that you are fully informed of the process and how to achieve the best possible results. Facing disciplinary charges is never a pleasant experience, but Attorney Bregman’s knowledge and familiarity with these situations make him an excellent advocate, even if just to inform you of your legal options and rights.
Because students have important rights in conduct and disciplinary proceedings, you should not hesitate to contact Attorney Bregman to discuss the disciplinary process and how he can help you defend against a student conduct complaint.

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Fire / EMS Attorney

Legal Services from a Fellow Volunteer:

In addition to his career as an Attorney, Brian R. Bregman has worked in various capacities in the fields of emergency services and public safety, including working as a licensed paramedic in the District of Columbia for critical care transports, and a volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic with the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department.  He is available to handle all the legal needs of fire departments, ambulance services, and individuals working and volunteering for them.  He has a great deal of experience representing emergency responders, Fire and EMS personnel, health care workers, police officers, and other members of private and public safety for many legal issues.

Mr. Bregman represents emergency services organizations and personnel for the following:

  • Suspensions / Investigations
  • Injuries / Accidents
  • Apparatus Purchase
  • Any Other Departmental Issue.
  • Civil & Criminal
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment
  • Small Business
  • Wills & POAs
  • Tax & IRS Problems
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Professional License Defense

Bascietto & Bregman, LCC is devoted to the legal representation of medical, mental health and other licensed professionals in administrative licensing matters, professional license defense, health law and the criminal defense of crimes which impact professional licensure status. Since our inception we have successfully represented many physicians, nurses, dentists, veterinarians, lawyers, and psychologists in both disciplinary and post-disciplinary licensure matters.

We handle cases involving the following licensing boards and  types of license, as well as others.

Board of Nursing
Board of Physicians
Board of Dental Examiners
Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Board of Examiners in Optometry
Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Board of Social Work Examiners
Occupational Drivers License
Real Estate License

We defend professional license holders from accusations, fight the denial of licenses, defend licensees under investigation, appeal adverse licensing agency decisions, and offer complete professional license related services. If you have been turned down or believe you could be turned down for a license, or you are under investigation by your licensing board, if you have received a notice that your license may be suspended or revoked, if you have to disclose negative information on a license application, or if you have just lost a license hearing, contact us so what we can help.

The our attorneys assess the professional’s situation, rights and legal defenses. We will carefully review all available documentation associated with the case and work closely with you to understand the accusations you are facing. We will present a strong defense on your behalf, skillfully working to secure a favorable result. If you are facing an issue with your professional license, contact us at (301) 362-0009 for a free consultation

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Family Law-Divorce, Custody

Attorney John J. Bascietto takes a special approach to all of his family law cases, whether they involve divorce, child custody, alimony, or child support.

As a full-service family law firm, we are committed to help our clients navigate the legal aspects of one of life’s most challenging problems – divorce, custody, alimony, support, and other family law issues.  It is our job to ensure that your rights are protected, that you are treated fairly by the legal system, and that your experience does not unduly add to the stress and sadness that these events inevitably bring about.

Whether you are experiencing marital problems and need help with a separation agreement, an absolute divorce, or a limited divorce, we can help you understand your rights and work toward a resolution that protects your future.

Likewise, when custody, visitation, or child support need to be resolved, we remain aware that our job is to assist you to obtain the result that is in the best interests of your child or children.

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Personal Injury

When you or a family member suffers personal injury in an accident, life can become very difficult.  Physical injuries affect your ability to work, take care of your family, and pay your bills.  To make matters worse, dealing with insurance companies and the legal system on your own can be overwhelming.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Bascietto & Bregman are there for you.  A simple call puts you in contact with a committed, local attorney who will handle all aspects of your matter and work hard to help you get what you deserve.  We will fight for your rights if you have suffered harm at hands of others in accidents in the District of Columbia and throughout the state of Maryland.  Our lawyers are extremely responsive and available to provide a free consultation to you regarding your potential case immediately.

 

Our expertise and experience make us well-equipped to handle even the most complex cases.  If you suspect you have a case and need to talk to a seasoned team of professionals, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.

Our Objective for You

Our first objective is to win your case.  We use aggressive trial tactics and strategies, and rely on tools and techniques to ensure the most effective action on your behalf.  Because the facts and goals of each legal matter are different, we will tailor our approach to achieve the best possible resolution for your case.  In the end, you are in control of the process.  It will be your decision whether to accept a settlement or aggressively litigate your case.  For more information or to schedule free consultation appointment, please contact us

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Wills, Trusts, Estates

Planning ahead is a wise move, particularly when you are dealing with your most valuable assets. You want to ensure that your loved ones are provided for long after you are gone. At Bascietto & Bregman, LLC, we help clients with all aspects of wills and trusts, including estate planning (writing wills, trusts and powers of attorney), probate (accounting for and distributing the assets of a decedent’s estate), and estate disputes.
Personalized Estate Planning Services

If you need to have a will or trust prepared, contact the attorneys at Bascietto & Bregman, LLC. We will meet with you to discuss your objectives and help to document them properly. Our experienced lawyers will take the time to identify your specific needs and counsel you regarding your choices. Personalized service is a hallmark of our firm. (More info.)
Establishing Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney (POAs)

We can create your trust and assist you with the process of funding it. In addition, we can help you clearly state your wishes in advance health care directives and powers of attorney (POAs) for the management of property or for health care decisions.
The Process of Probate/Estate Dispute

We represent executors and beneficiaries in ordinary probate administration matters. We also represent the same classes of persons in all types of estate disputes, including will contests, accounting issues, and breach of fiduciary claims.

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Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you have been accused of committing a crime, you have a right to an attorney who will defend you and protect your rights.

At the Law Offices of Bascietto & Bregman, our criminal law attorneys are among the most tenacious, committed, and aggressive lawyers in the business, and we will do what we can to represent you and make sure that you are treated fairly by the law.

We are experienced criminal trial attorneys who understand the law, and we will work diligently to investigate your case and defend you in court if necessary.

We represent clients throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.

When you are arrested for committing a crime, you are entitled to certain rights under federal and state laws, and the Law Offices of Bascietto & Bregman is committed to defending you and protecting these rights for you. If you need an aggressive criminal defense lawyer to defend you during a jury trial, our attorneys can do the job for you. You have a right to have the best representation possible, and we are here to help you.

Being charged with committing a criminal offense is a serious matter, and we take our jobs seriously when it comes to proving your innocence and protecting your freedom.

Our criminal law attorneys represent clients in the areas of:

Theft Crimes:  We take criminal charges involving theft very seriously because they have the potential to ruin your record and reputation, not to mention carry jail time and heavy fines.  Whether charges with theft, burglary, robbery, auto theft, forgery, fraud, unauthorized use, or shoplifting, you need an attorney who understands your rights and knows how to investigate violations of your rights, including search and seizure issues and any statements made to the police, including confessions.

Assaults:  Regardless of the circumstances, if charged with a crime involving accusations of violence or assault, it is a serious matter.  You need an experienced attorney who will thoroughly investigate the situation, find witnesses, and aggressively attack the prosecution’s case.  We are skilled in defending clients accused of assault and battery, assault with weapons, fights, and domestic assault.

Drug Charges: Penalties for possession of a controlled substance can vary, depending upon the kind of drug involved, the amount of drugs found in your possession, and the intended purpose for the drug. The possession, use, distribution, manufacture, and sale of drugs are illegal. It is important that you hire a criminal defense attorney who understands the laws, your rights, and your options. Our criminal defense attorneys have the experience, skills, and knowledge to properly defend you against drug charges.

Weapons Charges:  Weapons charges are dealt with severely in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Accordingly, you need an attorney that understands the system, the players, and your rights.  You need the experience of attorneys that know how to question search and seizure procedures and the admission of incriminating evidence.  A few of the common charges we defend our clients against:  assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a handgun or prohibited weapon, carrying a weapon, and possession of a weapon by a felon.

Juvenile Crimes:  Often what may start as a prank or a foolish mistake turns into a serious crime with the potential to cause damage to a child’s future.  You need experienced defenders that know the juvenile just ice system in Maryland and the District of Columbia, which are very different from the adult system.  We have experience handling the wide array of charges against juveniles, including charges for theft, shoplifting, drug possession and dealing, unauthorized use, weapons, assault, and reckless driving.  In addition, we handle defense before school disciplinary boards (for suspension or expulsion, for example).

White Collar Crimes: Including embezzlement, fraud, forgery, insider trading, computer crimes, credit card fraud, extortion, and money laundering, being wrongfully accused and convicted of a white collar crime can significantly alter your life and damage your career, and it is important that you speak to a criminal defense attorney to make sure that everything is done to prove that the charges are unwarranted.

Sex Crimes: In the state of Maryland, the most serious kinds of sex crimes are often considered felonies, and the penalty for committing a sex crime can be extremely severe. If you have been charged with committing rape, child molestation, prostitution, lewd conduct, solicitation, or sexual battery, it is important that you contact a criminal defense attorney right away. There are a number of defense remedies that may be available to you and your case, and an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the law can help you.

DUI / DWI:  In Maryland and the District of Columbia, persons are charged with driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs (DWI), driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and operating while impaired (OWI).  An experienced DWI / DUI lawyer understands the complicated procedures involved, the problems with breathalyzer samples, field sobriety tests (FSTs), the legality of the stop, and your constitutional rights.  Our attorneys can also represent you in any MVA / DMV hearings regarding driver’s license suspension or revocation procedures, which is one of the many consequences of being charged with a DUI  or DWI.

Traffic Violations:  We have extensive experience defending clients accused of committing serious and even non-serious traffic violations.  Besides fines, some traffic violations actually carry possible jail time.  And then there’s the points that can increase the cost of  your car insurance premiums.  As attorneys, we work hard to save you fines, points, and protect your driving record.  Some of the typical traffic charges that can seriously damage your driving record and insurance premiums:  speeding, reckless driving, failure to stop, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license, and leaving the scene of an accident.

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    Phone: (301) 362-0009
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