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Security Deposits in Residential Leases

Pennsylvania’s Landlord Tenant Law relating to security deposits in residential leases is deceptively simple, but almost universally misunderstood. Tenants think of the security deposit as security for the payment of their last month’s rent, the one right before they move out. It is not for that purpose, but to cover damages to the property caused… more

IRS Ruling on Defense of Marriage Act

An IRS Revenue Ruling issued August 29, 2013 seeks to clarify the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. FAQs and Answers for Individuals of the Same Sex Who Are Married Under State Law were released simultaneously with the Ruling. Below are some of the questions and answers… more

Objection! That’s Hearsay!

Most people have heard the word “hearsay” and know there is something wrong with trying to present “hearsay” evidence in court, but what actually does that mean? Here is a legal definition: “Hearsay is an extrajudicial utterance offered to prove the truth of the matter asserted therein.” Sounds like a lawyer made up that definition,… more