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Digital Assets – You Can’t Take Them With You

Posted February 14, 2019

By Luciann Givonetti, Pa.C.P. and Stephen M. Porter, Esquire– Guess what…digital assets don’t go away just because you do. You are the Executor of your Uncle John’s estate where he has bequeathed various investment accounts, personal items and real estate to his estate, family members and friends. Since you are the Executor you have been […]

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Are Lost Profits Recoverable under the Miller Act?

Posted February 5, 2019

By Patrick J. Gallo, Jr., Esquire- “The Miller Act represents a congressional effort to protect persons supplying labor and material in federal public building or public work projects in lieu of the protection they might receive under state statutes with respect to non-federal projects.” The Miller Act requires that before any contract of more than […]

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Household Vehicle Exclusion Unenforceable According to PA Supreme Court Ruling

Posted January 30, 2019

By Timothy F. Rayne, Esquire- On January 23, 2019, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reached a decision in the case of Gallagher v. GEICO relating to the stacking of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM) and invalidated a “household vehicle exclusion” which attempted to disqualify a motorcycle rider from coverage. What is Uninsured/Underinsured Coverage? In Pennsylvania, you can […]

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Opportunity Zones

Posted January 28, 2019

By Joseph A. Bellinghieri, Esquire- Opportunity Zones were added to the United States Tax Code by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017.  An Opportunity Zone is an economically distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.  Localities qualify as Opportunity Zones if they have been […]

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Do you have a criminal history? You may be unpleasantly surprised.

Posted January 21, 2019

By Donna Mita, Paralegal, Peter E. Kratsa, Esquire, and Caroline G. Donato, Esquire– I have been a paralegal assisting criminal defense attorneys for over 20 years. During this time, I have worked on many expungements. Many people believe that if they were charged with a summary (such as disorderly conduct) or a misdemeanor or felony offense […]

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Does the elimination of the alimony deduction affect my Pennsylvania support payments?

Posted January 15, 2019

By Lance J. Nelson, Esquire- The short answer to your question is Yes. The Pennsylvania support guidelines that were issued in the 1980s assumed that all spousal support payments were deductible by the Payor and includable as income by the Recipient.  To address the Tax Reform Act that was passed by Congress in December of […]

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Handling a Tax Dispute

Posted January 8, 2019

By Frank Marano, Jr., Esquire- The Internal Revenue Service examines and audits returns and selects taxpayers for audit based on several factors, many of which are not disclosed by the Service. However, federal tax disputes often arise because tax authorities don’t agree with your tax position and because the taxation system depends on voluntary compliance. […]

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What do you mean my Alimony is not deductible?

Posted December 31, 2018

By Lance J. Nelson, Esquire-  The deduction that allows Payors of Alimony (and Spousal Support in Pennsylvania) to deduct those payments on their Federal Tax returns has been around for generations.  Crafty Family Law attorneys used this deduction to help resolve divorce and support cases for decades.  Basically, if the Payor was in the 38% […]

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Are You Recording This?! A Primer on Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Act

Posted December 14, 2018

By Peter E. Kratsa, Esquire-Technology, namely the ubiquitous cell phone, has made the ability to (stealthily) record otherwise private conversations much easier. In Pennsylvania, doing so will expose you to a potential felony violation of our Wiretap Act. Whether it’s the tech-savvy teen or the disgruntled spouse, many a client is alleged to have violated […]

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The Proper Use of Legal Business Entities: How to Protect Your Personal Assets

Posted December 10, 2018

By Robert A. Burke, Esquire- The main purpose of forming a separate legal entity to operate a business is the protection of personal assets.  This multi-part series of articles will discuss in detail the proper use of the corporate form.  These articles will hopefully help you avoid common mistakes that could expose your personal and […]

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