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Author Archives: Edwin W. Russell

Author Archives: Edwin W. Russell

Can You File a Lawsuit Against an Employee for Starting a Competing Business in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania does not have a specific statute regarding “customer poaching,” but there are ways you can protect your business from an employee who uses protected information to establish a competing business. In Erie County, a local barn-door hardware company filed a five-count complaint against its former office manager. The hardware company alleged that the ex-employee […]

IRS Issues Proposed Regulation on a New 20 Percent Deduction for Pass Through Businesses

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a proposed regulation on August 8, 2018 for a new provision know as Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 199A. Section 199A of the IRC allows many owners of sole proprietorships, partnerships, trusts and S corporations to deduct twenty-percent of their qualified business income. Please contact us to discuss how […]

Can You File a Lawsuit in Pennsylvania for a Breach of Contract If You Feel You Have Been Defrauded?

When a vendor or service provider fails to deliver goods or services that were paid for and expected, it can be considered a breach of contract. Generally, a breach is not considered to have occurred if there is a legally sound explanation for non-delivery and a refund or favorable remedy was provided. However, matters are […]

What Could Happen If My Small Business Does Not Have a Succession Plan?

Family businesses meant to last forever are best served by having plans in place outlining how the current ownership hopes things will be run in the future. When succession planning and other contingencies are mapped out ahead of time, a family-owned small business can be more easily transitioned when the current ownership retires. In Pennsylvania, […]

2017 Tax Act Limits 1031 Exchanges

IRC Section 1031 provides an exception and allows you to postpone paying tax on the gain if you reinvest the proceeds in similar property as part of a qualifying like-kind exchange.  Gain deferred in a like-kind exchange under IRC Section 1031 is tax-deferred, but it is not tax-free. Prior to enactment of the 2017 Tax […]

Can Pennsylvania Stepparents Ever Be Required to Pay Child Support?

Pennsylvania courts favor child custody and support arrangements that are reached without judicial intervention, but things don’t always turn out that way. The process of determining custody and child support terms can develop into a prolonged legal dispute, made even more complex if stepchildren are involved. For example, the case of Shiloh v. Shiloh (2015) […]

How Fast Can You Get a Divorce in Pennsylvania When You Are in an Abusive Marriage?

Your home is meant to be a safe haven, free from conflict and anxiety. However, when ongoing arguments lead to psychologically or physically hurtful battles, you certainly don’t feel that way. But you no longer need to be trapped in an abusive and harmful situation. All forms of domestic violence and emotional abuse are considered […]

How the Probate Process Works in Pennsylvania

Whenever someone passes away in Pennsylvania, his or her estate will likely need to go through the probate process. This involves validating the will and distributing any assets and property the deceased individual owned. The process begins when the estate’s executor, named in the will, files a probate petition with the register of wills in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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