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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. […]

The Benefits (and Drawbacks) of an Irrevocable Living Trust

When planning your estate, you may find that you have two specific needs: to reduce your tax burden and to protect your assets and property. One way to do that is to set up an irrevocable trust. Through this process, you place a certain amount of your assets and property in the trust. Once you […]

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 […]

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 executor, typically named in the will, files for probate with the register of wills in […]

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 […]

What Is Pennsylvania’s Comparative Negligence Law?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may seek compensation from the parties you consider liable to cover medical bills, lost wages and other damages you’ve suffered. However, it is important to know that Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state, which means you could see the compensation you receive reduced if you are […]

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