Industry News

How long to return deposits?

How Long to Return Deposits?

As a broker holding a deposit, how long should it take you to return it pursuant to the terms of a release signed by both parties or when sufficient time has passed and not litigation/mediation has been initated?

As a subcontractor, what happens if I sign releases in order to get paid for my work?

Often contracts for public projects and large private projects require subcontractors to sign lien waivers and releases in order to receive periodic payments for their work.

Stormwater Fees Drawing the Ire of Citizens and Businesses State-Wide

Citizens are expressing their skepticism and outright anger about stormwater fees that are being assessed throughout the Commonwealth.

Drinking Water

PFAS Takes Center Stage in Pennsylvania

PFAS chemicals, which historically had been used in products in the U.S., continue to show up in soil and water systems. Various bills are making their way through Congress and Pennsylvania is exploring the idea of setting state-wide health standards for the PFAS.

What are some of the difficulties of operating my family-owned business with the next generation?

One of the biggest issues faced by partners of family-owned businesses is dealing with co-owning family members as business partners, rather than as family members.

Home Inspectors

Attend Inspections

PART TWO
Who, if anyone, should attend home inspections has been a topic of debate for as long as home inspections have been a standard element in a residential transaction.

Home Inspectors

Untimely Repairs

PART ONE
It happens.  Sellers agree to make repairs suggested by a home inspection, but fail to complete the job timely.

farm transition

The Use of Windfall Gain Agreements in Farm Transition Planning

The importance of farm transition planning has become increasingly understood and accepted by the agricultural community. 

farm joint ownership

Untangling Joint Ownership of Real Estate

It is not uncommon in the farm community for real estate to be owned jointly by two or more owners.  Many times, parents will transfer their real estate to more than one child as part of their estate and farm succession plan.  Joint ownership of real estate often presents unique problems for the joint owners. 

Life Insurance Policy

Will Your Whole Life Insurance Expire Before You Do?

Some farmers have purchased whole life insurance as an integral part of their estate/farm succession plan. Some of our clients, who have purchased whole life insurance as part of their farm succession plan, however, are discovering, unexpectedly, that their insurance may lapse before their deaths, whether automatically or due to unaffordable premium increases.