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Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Doctors are universally respected, with good reason, and hold a high place in our society.  However, even the very best doctors have bad days.  Unfortunately, when a doctor has a careless moment or day, there can be catastrophic results to the patient.  For example, the failure to order proper and necessary testing can lead to […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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