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

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

Disqualification of Commercial Drivers Licenses in Pennsylvania: When is your CDL at Risk?

When your Commercial Driver’s License (“CDL”) is suspended in Pennsylvania, it is referred to as a “disqualification” of the CDL. CDL’s are treated differently than normal driver’s licenses for the purposes of suspension. This is because Federal law AND state law both come into play with determining what penalties to assess against your CDL. CDL’s  … Read More

Exemptions from Pennsylvania’s Inheritance Tax: Advancements

Those interested in the inheritance process need to know about Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax. The tax is imposed as a percentage assigned to the value of a decedent’s estate passed to beneficiaries of a will. The rates of the inheritance tax are as follows: • 0 percent on transfers to a surviving spouse or to a  … Read More

Child Custody in Pennsylvania: Factors to Consider during a Relocation

Sometimes there comes a point where a parent wants to relocate from Pennsylvania to another part of the state—or another part of the country. When there is a custody agreement involved, relocation presents special issues that the moving parent should be made aware of. First, the party seeking to move must provide notice of the  … Read More

Mortgage Foreclosures and the “Soldiers and Sailors Act”

The mortgage foreclosure process contains many ins and outs that a homeowner needs to be aware of. One of these is the potential relief for those in military service under the Soldiers and Sailors Act undergoing issues with not only mortgage foreclosure, but also certain other debts as well. The Soldiers and Sailors Act provides  … Read More

Monetary Support during the Divorce Process and Alimony Pendente Lite

Often times, a spouse wants to file for divorce but lacks the financial resources to do so or is economically dependent on the other party for support. When that is the case, Pennsylvania law actually provides an avenue for relief to the dependent spouse in the form of what is known as “alimony pendente lite.”  … Read More

Driving Under the Influence Law in Pennsylvania: When is a Traffic Stop Warranted?

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

Five Tips for Tenants in Pennsylvania

It is said that Pennsylvania is a tenant-friendly state. If you are a tenant, chances are you will probably have a dispute with your landlord at some point. In some situations, the situation becomes too adversarial and you end being sued, or suing your landlord. What steps are recommended for a tenant in such a  … Read More