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How an Adoption Petition in Pennsylvania Became a Lengthy Court Battle

Adopting children can bring joy to qualified families and individuals, but sometimes adoption proceedings can also create complicated legal hurdles. When a Penn Hills foster mother attempted to legally adopt a young girl who was in her foster care, the child’s maternal aunt traveled to the United States from Cameroon to prevent the adoption. A […]

New Animal Protection Statute: Act 10

As of August 28, 2017, Pennsylvania has a new animal protection statute, Act 10. Signed into law on June 29, 2017, Act 10 represents the first major change to Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws in nearly thirty years. Act 10 garnished strong support from the Pennsylvania legislature after the story of a rescued dog named Libre […]

Significant Changes to Gift and GST Tax

The newly enacted Tax Cuts & Jobs Act makes significant changes to the Gift and GST taxes.  One such change is that the §2503 gift tax exclusion amount will increase to $15,000 after five long years of being at $14,000. Additionally, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act increases each taxpayer’s lifetime exemption from $5,490,000 in […]

Pennsylvania Child Support – Part I – Income Available for Support

Both parents of a child are obligated to provide financial support for a child. There is a multi-step process involved in determining child support in Pennsylvania. First, income is determined. Next, the base child support amount is calculated. Then, allowable adjustments are considered. This is the first in a three-part series on these steps. The […]

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company After a Car Accident?

Handling a lot of motor vehicle collision cases, I am often asked by injured motorists this question. First, when we are talking about “The Insurance Company,” it is important to make sure we understand that in a usual, two-vehicle accident, there will be two insurance companies involved (or two adjusters from the same company if […]

Avoiding the Most Common Landlord-Tenant Disputes

When you own residential property, you may find yourself dealing with disputes related to your relationship with your tenants. In some cases, you may be able to resolve these disputes easily, through good communication and speaking directly with your tenant. But in other situations, you may need to take legal action to protect your interests. […]

Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual, and any other form of harassment, cannot be tolerated in your workplace. As a business owner, you have devoted your life to creating an enterprise and environment that succeeds for your employees, customers and clientele. It is crucial that your business model and mission clearly state and define the type of behavior and interaction […]

Tips for Avoiding Disputes in a Family Business

It’s a fact of life that most families must deal with conflict between loved ones on a regular basis. This conflict can be relatively benign in the context of most family structures, but there can be some real consequences when family members own a business together. To that end, there are some steps family-owned businesses […]

A Quick Overview of Pennsylvania’s Criminal Penalties for DUI

In Pennsylvania, people charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol face serious penalties upon conviction, even if it’s their first offense. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is .08 percent, and some individuals may test over that limit after having just a couple drinks. The following are the standard penalties for DUI […]

Dividing Insurance Policies, Retirement Accounts When You Have a Blended Family

According to the Pew Research Center, about 40 percent of all marriages in the United States in 2013 included at least one spouse who had been married before. And in many cases, one or both spouses entering into a marriage have children from previous relationships, resulting in an increasingly common situation known as a “blended […]


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