Pennsylvania Expands Criminal Records that are Eligible to be Sealed

On February 16, 2016 Governor Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 166, which is designed to expand the scope of criminal records eligible for sealing by the courts. The goal is to provide ex-offenders with greater opportunities to secure better jobs, expand housing options, increase education and training possibilities and promote the promise of being … Read More

Buy a New Home, Not Headaches!

Buying a new home often conjures exciting images of more space, a bigger yard, an attractive neighborhood, and the like. Homebuyers should temper their excitement with a bit of caution to make sure they are aware of potential pitfalls before the agreement of sale is signed. Once the agreement is signed, it can be tough … Read More

A WILL CONTEST

When Mack learned that his Aunt Grace (all names changed except the author) passed away in October 2008, he expected to receive a letter from the attorney representing her estate indicating that he and her other nephew, Joe, and two nieces, Alice and Fran, would receive equal shares of Grace’s estate, as per her Wills … Read More

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: NOT SO AFFORDABLE FOR EMPLOYEE PREMIUM REIMBURSEMENT PLANS

For many years, penny-pinching small businesses resisted profit-draining health insurance plans. Instead, many chose to reimburse employees for their purchase of a personal health insurance policy. Historically, these premium reimbursements have not been treated as income to the employees, offering a low cost alternative to expensive health care plans. The Internal Revenue Code provided that … Read More

SURVIVOR BENEFIT PLAN

At last! Military personnel may name a special needs trust as the beneficiary of their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). Prior to the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 (NDAA), military personnel could designate only an individual, not a trust, as an SBP beneficiary. This meant that military families lacked a key estate … Read More

NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS

Non-compete agreements, also known as covenants not-to-compete or simply non-competes, can be a particularly sensitive issue to both employer and employee. The employer will want to maximize the protection of its interests while the employee needs to ensure that his freedoms are protected. Non-compete agreements can be vital to business interests, particularly where an employer … Read More

TRUST MATTERS: KEEPING OUR CLIENTS’ FUNDS SAFE

Recent news headlines of attorneys stealing from their clients have caused great embarrassment to the legal profession. Fortunately, these instances are the exception. The vast majority of attorneys and law firms view client money as sacrosanct and implement the highest standards of care in guarding these funds. It is important for all of our current … Read More