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Perils of the Business Privilege Tax

Perils of the Business Privilege Tax

March 10, 2017

With Tax Season in full bloom and filing deadlines just around the corner, people often forget that more than just income taxes must be paid. One such tax, known as a Business Privilege Tax (BPT), is levied by local taxing authorities against all types of businesses, with few exceptions.  Often imposed by municipalities throughout the […]

Increased Security Measures with the IRS

Increased Security Measures with the IRS

February 21, 2017

Due to the increasing IRS and identity theft scams, the IRS has issued guidance (IR 2017-32) for taxpayers who call the IRS. The IRS suggests that any taxpayer who calls an IRS call center should have the following information available: Social Security Numbers and birth dates for those listed on the tax return For those […]

So What Does it Mean to Have a Constitutional Claim for a Personal Injury?

So What Does it Mean to Have a Constitutional Claim for a Personal Injury?

February 17, 2017
Posted in Personal Injury

For the last few years, we have seen time and again police officers shooting individuals in custody or after being pulled over for a traffic violation.  Even in our public schools, we unfortunately learn about public school employees assaulting students either physically or sexually.  Of course the victims have been harmed and injured, but under […]

Buying or Selling a House? A New Act May Help Eliminate Potential Pitfalls

Buying or Selling a House? A New Act May Help Eliminate Potential Pitfalls

February 13, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

The Amended Municipal Code and Ordinance Compliance Act (“Act”) took effect on January 2, 2017. This act will be very helpful for people who are buying or selling real property. Many municipalities have ordinances that require an inspection prior to the sale of a property. Different municipalities have different standards. Some do a thorough inspection […]

What is a Medical Power of Attorney, an Advanced Healthcare Directive, a Living Will and Do I Need Any or All of Them?

What is a Medical Power of Attorney, an Advanced Healthcare Directive, a Living Will and Do I Need Any or All of Them?

February 1, 2017

What is a Medical Power of Attorney?  In a Medical Power of Attorney, you appoint someone you trust to be your healthcare agent to make any necessary healthcare decisions for you should you not be able to make those decisions. What exactly does my healthcare agent do? Your healthcare agent should be aware of and […]

The Apostille: Operating in a Global Economy

The Apostille: Operating in a Global Economy

January 24, 2017

As technology, media and advances in travel have made our world smaller, opportunities for business and nonprofit organizations have expanded.  With a shrinking world comes more integration than ever before.  What if Jane Smith wants to participate in a business transaction with her Pennsylvania limited liability company in Great Britain?  What if John Smith wants […]

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Issues Permit Applications for Medical Marijuana Facilities

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Issues Permit Applications for Medical Marijuana Facilities

January 18, 2017

On January 17, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the permit applications, and the timelines governing such applications, for medical marijuana growers/processors and dispensaries. The Department of Health has established a tight window within which it will accept applications. They will be accepted from February 20, 2017 until March 20, 2017. Furthermore, the Department […]

New Changes to Pennsylvania’s Mechanic’s Lien Law will Impact some Construction Projects

New Changes to Pennsylvania’s Mechanic’s Lien Law will Impact some Construction Projects

January 17, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

Amendments to the Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Law, known as Act 142, which took effect January 1, 2017, spawned the Pennsylvania State Construction Notices Directory (“the Directory”) and new notice provisions. The new provisions will definitely impact construction projects costing a minimum of $1.5 Million and the process by which liens are perfected. The Directory: Now […]

How to Get Your Creditor to Pay You!: The Telephone Consumer Protection Act

How to Get Your Creditor to Pay You!: The Telephone Consumer Protection Act

January 5, 2017
Posted in General News

In 2014, Capital One and three associated collection companies settled a class action lawsuit for 75 million dollars because they kept making unwanted phone calls to customers. Had they not settled, they could have been liable for over $10 billion dollars! The customers were successful in negotiating a settlement because of a law passed in […]

Significant Amendments to the Pennsylvania Law on Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Take Effect in February

Significant Amendments to the Pennsylvania Law on Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Take Effect in February

December 29, 2016

Having already passed the Pennsylvania Senate on October 26, 2016 and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on October 27, 2016, House Bill No. 1398 was approved by the Governor of Pennsylvania on November 21, 2016 and became Act No. 170 (the “Act”).  The Act amends Title 15, Corporations and Unincorporated Associations, and completely replaces the […]

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