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Preventing and Resolving Family Business Disputes in Pennsylvania

Family fights often become emotional far faster than disputes between strangers, and the fallout can be far more harmful. When a family business dispute erupts into litigation, the stakes are even higher. In addition to the business’s profitability and reputation being threatened, the jobs and well-being of its employees and the very existence of the Read More

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How Small Businesses Can Take Advantage of Pennsylvania COVID-19 Relief Assistance Grants

With the COVID-19 pandemic devastating small businesses across the state, Pennsylvania has enacted a relief program providing for $225 million in assistance grants. The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program was announced with strict rules. To be eligible for assistance, a small business must demonstrate that prior to the impact of COVID-19, it Read More

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High-Net-Worth Couples in Pennsylvania Face Special Issues During Divorce

Whether you and your spouse entered marriage with substantial assets or significantly increased your wealth during the marriage, a high-net-worth divorce in Pennsylvania can involve special considerations that require careful attention. While any divorce involving more than $1 million in assets can be considered high-net-worth, the term is mostly used to describe complex property portfolios Read More

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COVID-19 and Child Support: An Overview for Pennsylvania Parents

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic devastation for families throughout Pennsylvania. Amid one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, many families have been forced to make gut-wrenching financial decisions. Single parents who rely on child support to cover the costs of housing, feeding and caring for their children may find it difficult or Read More

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Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Business Interruptions Is Unclear in Pennsylvania

Business closures and restricted operations during the coronavirus pandemic have played havoc with bottom lines, spurring business owners to look to their business-interruption insurance policies to make up the losses. However, many insurers have denied coverage, citing various exclusionary clauses in policies. In Pennsylvania, this has prompted a bevy of appeals that so far have Read More

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Debt Collection During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus crisis has caused a statewide emergency in Pennsylvania that has markedly affected many judicial functions. In March, the state Supreme Court authorized local courts to impose emergency restrictions on their operations, including those relating to debt collection. Some of these local orders put a hold on efforts of creditors to recover debts through Read More

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COVID-19 Pandemic Gives New Incentive to Estate Planning

The scourge of the coronavirus has brought concern about mortality into sharper focus for many people, encouraging them to put more thought into planning their estates. This includes not only executing a will but also creating advance directives covering emergency healthcare situations. Fortunately, even with the need for social distancing, it is still possible to Read More

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How Can You Get a Divorce During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

With the plague of COVID-19 and quarantine measures still affecting the court system, people may wonder how to go about asserting their legal rights. For instance, what can you do if you want a divorce? You could wait for the lockdown to end and seek marriage counseling, but if you feel your marriage is irretrievably Read More

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When Is an Oral Contract Enforceable?

While it’s always best to have a written contract, business moves at such a rapid pace that reducing a contract to writing is often impractical. However, only certain types of contracts need to be written to be enforceable. In Pennsylvania, these include contracts involving purchase and sale of an interest in real estate or of Read More

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Understanding How COVID-19 May Have Affected the Value of Your Estate

The economic and personal upheaval triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to warrant a review of your estate plan, no matter how thorough you think it is. As Americans cope with health fears and financial volatility, it’s worthwhile to determine whether a will, trust, advance medical directive or other legal instrument needs to be Read More

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