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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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When Can a Former Employee Safely Break a Noncompete Agreement?

In January 2019, a retired executive of Koppers — a global manufacturer company based in one of the most recognizable buildings in the Pittsburgh skyline — found himself sued for serving as an advisor to another company in violation of a covenant not to compete. Robert Wombles, who had been Koppers R&D vice president for Read More

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What Happens During Collaborative Divorce in Pennsylvania? 

A new law that creates a uniform standard of practice for collaborative divorce in Pennsylvania may lead to more couples using this method of dispute resolution to end their marriage amicably. While the technique has been used successfully for years, the Pennsylvania Collaborative Law Act signed by Governor Tom Wolf in 2018 established it as Read More

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How Should Pennsylvania Employers Accommodate Employees with PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect workers in a number of ways, and may strike at unexpected times. Concentration, social interaction, reading or learning may be difficult for a person with PTSD. Certain sensory triggers—including sounds, imagery and smells—can exacerbate the condition, requiring special accommodations in the workplace. Though workers and job applicants need not Read More

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Tips for Establishing Your Tech Startup in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a great place for people with big ideas and the drive to make them profitable. It’s no surprise that dozens of tech startups emerge from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon and other area schools each year. In addition, since the city established itself as an epicenter for cutting-edge robotics, artificial intelligence and Read More

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What Rights Does a Nonbiological Parent Have During a Custody Dispute in Pennsylvania?

In May, a Pennsylvania Superior Court recognized a nonbiological lesbian mother’s right to share custody of a child born to her former partner, based in part on an informal arrangement between them. Though the ruling is a progressive interpretation of the status of nonbiological parents in same-sex relationships, it is clear that the particular facts Read More

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Can You Leave Part of Your Estate to Pennsylvania’s Charities and Foundations?

Whether the amount involved is large or small, many Pennsylvanians choose to leave estate assets to a charity or foundation as a way of giving back to their community. Philanthropic giving is a time-honored way for individuals and families to leave a meaningful legacy. With careful estate planning, a charitable bequest made through a will Read More

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What Happens When a Falsified Will Is Admitted to Probate Court in Pennsylvania?

Falsified wills pose serious problems. When a will that has been forged or superseded by another legal document is submitted to the court, assets might be distributed to the wrong people. Thought courts have extensive experience reviewing testamentary documents and often can detect whether a will is falsified, these disputes do still occur. For example, Read More

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What Can Be Done If You Suspect an Executor Is Stealing From Your Parents’ Estate?

An executor of an estate is usually named at the time a will is created. The executor can be anybody that the testator chooses to carry out the instructions they’ve left to regarding distribution of their property. Given the importance of this role, the person chosen to serve as executor is usually somebody who already Read More

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