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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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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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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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