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Beware of Nursing Home Admissions “Agreement”

April 26, 2017 By Eric G. Marttila Most families have faced, or will have to face at some point, the difficult decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility.  As hard as it is to believe, when this happens, we all need to be aware that some such […]

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When Counseling Perpetuates Abuse

April 18, 2017 By Lisa Kane Brown As family law attorneys we often take for granted that the paperwork required by the Court in order to begin a divorce action is simply administrative “filler.” We often tell clients that the counseling notice we are required to file with a divorce complaint is a formality and […]

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Tax Assessment Appeals in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties

April 11, 2017 By Sireen I. Tucker Unfortunately, it is that time of year again…tax season. However, I’m not talking about personal income tax, but real estate tax appeals. The deadline for filing a real estate tax assessment appeal for property owners in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties is August 1, 2017 and October […]

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Sexual Orientation Discrimination: The Legal Jumble

April 5, 2017 By James Shrimp Imagine getting married, legally, on Saturday and then getting terminated by your employer on Monday because of who you married?  For members of the LGBT community that is a possibility for which currently there is no, or very limited, legal recourse.  But the tide may slowly be changing. On […]

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Purchasing a Condominium Unit in Pennsylvania: What to Look For

March 22, 2017 By Arnold Heller Purchasing a unit in a condominium is not the same as purchasing a single family, detached house. When purchasing a newly constructed or to be constructed condominium unit in Pennsylvania, there are certain matters that purchasers should be aware of. A few of those are listed below. New Unit […]

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Mediation: Protect What you Bargain For

February 28, 2017 By Angela Lorenz Strengths and Weaknesses of Non-Attorney Guided Mediation Divorce mediation is an out-of-court dispute resolution tool that helps separating couples who want to amicably settle their issues with minimal involvement of the legal system. A good mediator is one who will guide the spouses during their negotiations, facilitate meaningful dialogue […]

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Can I Expunge My Protection From Abuse Order?

February 21, 2017 By Elizabeth Early A question that we commonly hear from litigants who are defending or have defended against a Petition for a Protection from Abuse Order is whether the Order can be expunged from their record. The answer is: that depends on how far through the legal system the Protection from Abuse […]

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Breaking Down “BYOD” Policies

February 14, 2017 By Melanie Murphy The explosion of smartphones, tablets and technology generally, has inevitably resulted in employees performing work tasks on their personal devices.  In the age of the ever present smartphone, and for many, the accompanying compulsion to stay constantly connected, employers and employees find themselves balancing the benefits and pitfalls of […]

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Storage Wars – Laws Governing Self-Storage Facilities

February 2, 2017 By Kevin Cornish Have you ever seen an episode of Storage Wars and wondered, can someone legally sell property in a storage facility?  Or, how can they legally do that?  Storage Wars takes place in California, and I am not here to discuss  California law.  However, Pennsylvania does have a law governing […]

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“Subgroup” Disparate Impact is a Basis for Age Discrimination Claim

January 17, 2017 By James B. Shrimp For any business contemplating a reduction in force (“RIF”) it is no doubt a difficult process given the knowledge that you are going to layoff a significant number of employees.  From a business perspective, for businesses in PA, NJ and DE, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has […]

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When is a Will Really a Will?

January 10, 2017 By Donald Petrille, Jr. The rules for executing a Will in Pennsylvania are simple and clear.  Unfortunately, life, and its circumstances, often are not, and these circumstances can unwittingly lead to a Will contest. Pennsylvania law is clear.  If someone signs a document which is intended to dispose of property or other […]

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The Problem of Nursing Home Neglect in Pennsylvania

December 6, 2016 By Eric Marttila When we are faced with the difficult decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility, we need to be confident that those who are entrusted with his or her care will fulfill their responsibilities. We have the right to expect that our […]

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad IRS? Corporations, Partnerships, LLC’s and other family business entities….That’s Who!

November 30,2016 By Stephanie A. Henrick What did the IRS do now? The IRS issued proposed regulations under IRC §2704 in August of 2016 that may eliminate certain discounts commonly used in valuing intra-family transfers of interests in family businesses. The IRS claims that these proposed regulations are “necessary to prevent the undervaluation” of these […]

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Alert: Federal Judge Prevents Implementation of New Overtime Rule

November 23, 2016 By James B. Shrimp Last evening, a Federal Judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction to prevent the implementation of the new overtime rules on December 1, 2016.  It is possible that the Judge’s injunction will be overturned by next Wednesday, however, such a decision would have to come from the Fifth […]

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