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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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Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic Read More

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How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty that an “Act of God” clause in a Read More

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Do I Have to Pay a Salaried Employee Overtime?

In Pennsylvania as elsewhere in the U.S., employees must be paid 1.5 times their regular rate for working beyond 40 hours in a single week unless they are exempt from overtime laws. This is a simple and straightforward calculation for workers who are paid hourly. But how does it apply to salaried workers and those Read More

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Is a Business-to-Business Noncompete Agreement Enforceable?

When your key employees have access to valuable and sensitive business information, you can feel safer if you require them to sign a noncompete agreement. In essence, this prohibits executives, managers and others with access to your proprietary data from using it to compete with you, whether by starting their own business or by moving Read More

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Who’s Going to Get the House in Your Divorce?

When a divorce has been filed, one of the biggest questions is often who will get the family home. Pennsylvania operates on an equitable distribution model, which means that the court will divide all assets and income earned during the marriage between the spouses. Equitable distribution is not necessarily equal, as the court will take Read More

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Can I Be Sued for Firing an At-Will Employee?

In Pennsylvania, all workers not under contract are considered to be at-will employees. This means that an organization has the right to dismiss any employee at any time for any legal reason. But the key word is “legal.” State and federal laws prohibit employment actions that have a discriminatory intent or effect based on race, Read More

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What Happens When Only One Person Wants a Divorce?

Breaking up isn’t that hard to do in Pennsylvania if both spouses agree to the split and have no financial disputes to resolve. In a divorce by mutual consent, one spouse files a complaint stating the marriage is irretrievably broken and serves it on the other spouse. Ninety days later, each spouse signs and files Read More

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