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A Doctor Can Still Be Negligent Even If You Are Told Everything About A Procedure

A Doctor Can Still Be Negligent Even If You Are Told Everything About A Procedure

October 31, 2018
Posted in Litigation

On October 23, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard argument in Mitchell v. Shikora.  While, on the surface, Mitchell looks like a run-of-the-mill medical malpractice case, it actually  presents a unique question for the Court’s consideration: whether malpractice defendants are able to introduce evidence of a medical procedure’s risks and complications at trial. In Mitchell, […]

Judge v. Jury – Who Makes the Call in our Judicial System?

Judge v. Jury – Who Makes the Call in our Judicial System?

October 30, 2018
Posted in Litigation

Simply put on any legal television drama and you will inevitably see the courtroom scene where the judge presides over the case and the jury renders a verdict.  However, the role each plays in dispensing justice in reality is unique, and was recently clarified by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in a case handled by […]

Automobile Subscription Services – Understanding The Concept And The Risks Involved

Automobile Subscription Services – Understanding The Concept And The Risks Involved

September 4, 2018
Posted in General News

Recently, luxury car companies like BMW, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are promoting a “subscription” service as opposed to a purchase or lease. The basic concept is that you subscribe to the car brand and have access to select what vehicle you want, and for how long.  For example, you have a sedan for everyday use, but […]

Using A Drone? Things To Consider

Using A Drone? Things To Consider

August 28, 2018
Posted in General News

Drones have received a great deal of publicity lately.  People are thinking of ways they can incorporate drones into their business operations or may be thinking of using them for pleasure.  They certainly have many positive applications.  On the other hand, they have potential hazards, liabilities and governmental regulations that go along with their use. […]

Protecting Your Credit – Part 2

Protecting Your Credit – Part 2

July 11, 2018
Posted in General News

In the wake of the Equifax and other highly publicized data breaches, the consumer is becoming increasingly aware of the need to exercise vigilance with respect to their credit identity. One of the most important tools to this end was created approximately 15 years ago through the passage of the federal Fair and Accurate Credit […]

What Can You or Your Agent Spend Your Money on When Anticipating the Need for Medicaid to Pay for Your Care Costs?

What Can You or Your Agent Spend Your Money on When Anticipating the Need for Medicaid to Pay for Your Care Costs?

July 2, 2018

State funded Medicaid is available for payment of long term skilled nursing care costs when a person’s available resources are depleted to establish retention limits ($8,000 for most people, and $2,400 when one has a high level of income).  However, prior to reaching these resource retention limits, what can you (or your legal agent) spend […]

Getting Your “Takings Clause” Case to Federal Court

Getting Your “Takings Clause” Case to Federal Court

June 28, 2018
Posted in General News

The Fifth Amendment to our federal Constitution provides that private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation.  An important Takings Clause decision, with roots here in Pennsylvania, is pending at the United States Supreme Court.  In this fall’s term, the Court may hear argument in Knick v. Township of Scott to […]

AFTER “REELIN’ IN THE YEARS AND STOWIN’ AWAY THE TIME” REVISIT YOUR BUY-SELL AGREEMENT

AFTER “REELIN’ IN THE YEARS AND STOWIN’ AWAY THE TIME” REVISIT YOUR BUY-SELL AGREEMENT

June 26, 2018

When two or more individuals own a business, whether through a corporation, partnership or limited liability company, it is advisable that they enter into a buy-sell agreement.  Such an agreement provides for the purchase and sale of an owner’s interest in the business upon the occurrence of certain future events, such as death, disability, termination […]

Canada Takes Steps to Legalize Recreational Marijuana, Will America Follow Suit?

Canada Takes Steps to Legalize Recreational Marijuana, Will America Follow Suit?

June 22, 2018

On June 19, 2018, the Canadian Senate passed legislation that would make Canada the second country, and first major economy, to legalize recreational marijuana use.  Although the formality of approval from the governor-general is required, sometime within the next two to three months recreational marijuana will be sold in Canada.  While Canada still has numerous […]

Simple Will

Simple Will

June 20, 2018

Long planned getaway; Romantic vacation earned. The airplane goes down. You and your spouse die. Your children have no parents. It is quite tragic. Who will raise your kids? Your wishes cannot be known. Families will fight. Children inherit. Young adults make poor choices. Fast cars, lots of beer. You needed a will. A guardian […]

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