News & Events

DEP Takes Another Regulatory Step Toward “Discharge Elimination”

Attorney Randall Hurst discusses the new Chapter 92A discharge elimination standards, what they mean, what he anticipates to be some of the problems, and potential solutions to those problems.

Benefits of Naming a Trust as an IRA Beneficiary

Designating a primary and contingent beneficiary of your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a critical part of your overall estate plan.

Use Of Smartphone Voice Memo App Can Be a Wiretap Violation

The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the use of the voice memo app on a smartphone to record a conversation, without the permission of the participants in the conversation, is a violation of the Pennsylvania Wiretap Act.

Tax Assessment Appeal

If you own commercial real estate, or are a tenant who is responsible for payment of real estate taxes, you may be entitled to a decrease in real estate taxes.

Year-End Tax Planning Considerations

For many, year-end tax planning considerations includes making charitable contributions. When determining how much to contribute, there are number of issues that come into play. The beauty of most charitable gifts is that you get the full benefit of the face value of the asset. Careful planning is necessary to avoid financial and tax pitfalls.

Advantages of Converting a Limited Partnership to an LLC

Two recent changes in Pennsylvania law made it advantageous to convert a limited partnership which owns real estate to a limited liability company.

What To Do when Faced with Eminent Domain

If your property is being taken for public use, obtaining full and complete “just compensation” is a long, complex process, limited by law and requires the aid of experienced counsel to effect a comprehensive recovery.

Importance of a Properly Drafted Power of Attorney

A power of attorney (POA) is one of the three documents commonly used to implement an estate plan (a will and a living will being the other two). At least every five years, an estate plan should be reviewed to consider changes in the laws, your family and financial situation, your intentions regarding fair and equitable distributions under your estate plan and your probate assets (distributed per your will) and non-probate assets (distributed per beneficiary designation or by law).

Will Your Business Be a Victim of Cybersquatting?

The protection of your company’s online identity is more important than ever before.

Medicaid-Medical Assistance Crisis Planning for Married Couples

With the cost of skilled nursing care exceeding $100,000 per year in some parts of Pennsylvania, a married couple’s assets can be quickly consumed by the cost of one spouse’s care in the event they become institutionalized in a skilled nursing facility.