Protection from Abuse “PFA” Relief Affecting Custody Rights

If you are dealing with a Protection from Abuse issue in Pennsylvania, then you are aware that the PFA law can impact your custody rights. This happens through two main mechanisms. First, the Court can order a “no-contact” PFA in favor of a child or children against a Defendant parent. Second, the Court may incorporate  … Read More

Estate Planning and Incapacity Issues: Consider a Power of Attorney

If you are involved in planning your estate, you need to be prepared for different issues that could arise. One of these issues is incapacity or partial incapacity. Your estate plan can address what happens in the event you are in this situation. One mechanism to address issues involving incapacity is known as a Power  … Read More

Divorce and Property Division: Are “Professional Degrees” Marital Property?

When you are going through the divorce process in Pennsylvania, any marital property you own with your spouse is potentially property that could be shared with your spouse through the process of “equitable distribution.” The key question is whether a piece of property counts as marital property in a given situation. Let’s take a situation  … Read More

Custody and the “Dependent Child” Tax Deduction

When parties go through a separation in Pennsylvania, there is an often an issue or question about who claims a tax deduction for the dependent child or children. As you might guess, the issue of the tax deduction depends in partly on who gets what amount of custodial time. A general rule of thumb is  … Read More

DUI’s in Pennsylvania: When is a traffic stop justified?

A driver cannot be driving under the influence if he or she is not driving to begin with. Accordingly, most DUI cases begin with a traffic stop. When is law enforcement justified in making a stop of a driver? The short answer is that law enforcement can effect a stop when law enforcement has “reasonable  … Read More