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What To Do If You Are Sued for a Preferential Payment by a Bankruptcy Trustee

Posted June 17, 2019

By Leo M. Gibbons, Esquire- When one of your customers files bankruptcy, it can cause significant disruption in your own business, especially where you do substantial business with that customer, or it files for bankruptcy owing you a substantial amount of money.  The impact on your business includes not only the prospect of not being […]

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Transferring Guardianships: What you need to know.

Posted June 11, 2019

By Isaac J. Jean-Pierre, Esquire- A guardian is often an individual appointed by a court to make key decisions regarding another person’s physical welfare and/or finances.  In the context of guardianships, the person who is subject to the decision-making authority of a guardian is often referred to as an incapacitated person, and it is not […]

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Zoning in the Age of Airbnb Part II: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Weighs in on Short-Term Rentals in Residential Zoning Districts.

Posted May 28, 2019

By Matthew M. McKeon, Esquire- Like the rest of the country, Pennsylvania has seen a surge in homeowners listing their properties for short-term rentals on online platforms like Airbnb or HomeAway. This type of property use has led to questions about how short-term rentals of residences should be treated under zoning ordinances, which often fail […]

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What is “Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist” Coverage and Why Is It Important?

Posted May 17, 2019

By  Tiffany M. Shrenk, Personal Injury Attorney- When reviewing your automobile insurance policy declarations, you should see listed among your coverages something called “Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist.”  You may also see this type of coverage referred to as “UM/UIM” coverage.  This is an optional coverage that can be waived by you, but for the reasons stated in […]

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Tenants by the Entirety: An Airtight Defense to a Collection Action

Posted May 14, 2019

By Michael G. Louis, Esquire- I have had two recent clients who were able to convey their homes worth over a million dollars that were owned by the husband and wife, as tenants by the entirety, even though there was a judgment against one spouse or the other but not both at the time of […]

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What To Do When You Are Served With A Complaint

Posted May 6, 2019

By Michael G. Louis, Esquire- The first thing to do after being served with a Complaint is to immediately send a copy of it to your attorney and if you don’t have one, hire one.  Too often I talk to clients after they have allowed the party suing them to obtain a judgment against them. […]

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Disclosing Before Closing

Posted April 29, 2019

By Brian J. Forgue, Esquire- Sellers’ Responsibilities Under Pennsylvania’s Real Estate Seller Disclosure Law If you have ever sold or purchased a home in Pennsylvania, then you likely recall completing or receiving a form called the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement. As the name suggests, this is a document that the seller of a home completes […]

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Pennsylvania law criminalizing driving with any amount of marijuana in your system is unconstitutional. Here’s why.

Posted April 22, 2019

By Caroline G. Donato, Esquire- The law on marijuana is a hot topic, particularly in states like Pennsylvania which have not yet legalized recreational use. Pennsylvania is mixed in how it treats marijuana. Medicinal use is legal. Recreational use is illegal, except in Philadelphia where recreational use is decriminalized. Until a new law passed in […]

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Trust Termination

Posted April 12, 2019

By Kristen Matthews, Esquire, CELA Even when a trust is established with a clear purpose and the best intentions, over time a trust’s original purpose may lose its relevance.  As attorneys, we often create trusts in order to protect a beneficiary from themselves and others.  However, what options are available to a trust beneficiary who […]

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What is a “No-Contest” clause, and why is it important?

Posted April 8, 2019

By Isaac J. Jean-Pierre, Esquire- If a decedent passes away and had a valid will, there is a chance that the will contains a “no-contest” clause, which is also known as an “in terrorem” clause. These clauses are set in place as a penalty to discourage a beneficiary from contesting the provisions of a decedent’s […]

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