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5 Ways to Hurt Your Divorce with Social Media

“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” the adage goes. It’s especially true when it comes to legal issues like divorce – particularly in contentious cases.  Studies over the past 5 years have tied social media to divorce as one of the leading causes. In 2012, a survey by Divorce-Online UK showed that Facebook was… more

Two of the Biggest Myths About Wills and Dying Without One

If you’re putting off writing that will, think again. According to surveys, about 55% of American adults do not have an estate plan in place – and those numbers are an average. If you separate out minority groups, the number of adults without wills is much higher in several minority groups. While there are many… more

What Nelson Mandela’s Will Teaches Us About Estate Planning

The will of former South African president Nelson Mandela was unveiled this past Monday after being read aloud to family and friends. The division of his estate was as expected, although many were surprised to hear that Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie was left out of the will entirely. Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel is up to inherit half of… more

College Disciplinary Proceedings and Due Process

Your son or daughter is at a great school and doing well in all his or her courses. You’ve paid the tuition and the room and board, or financial aid is in place to get you through the college years. Everything seems to be going well until one night when your child and a few… more

Update to “Another One Rides The Bus”

Back in a prior blog article, we wrote about a recent local court decision obtained by our office on behalf of a client enjoining the Manheim Township School District from refusing to bus a Middle School student from both his mother’s and his father’s homes in a situation where both parents live in the district,… more

PA Updates Child Abuse Laws

Pennsylvania Updates Child Abuse Laws It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 2 years since the infamous Penn State sex scandal broke national news. With so many Penn State alumni and students in the Lancaster area, the subsequent firing of Joe Paterno and trial of Jerry Sandusky are still fresh in the minds of… more

What is Legal Separation in PA?

There are a lot of misconceptions about legal separation. It becomes especially confusing when each state has their own variations in family law for divorce and separation. Hopefully this will clear up some questions you may have concerning the process in Pennsylvania family law courts. What Legal Separation Is Not: • In Pennsylvania, there is… more

Another One Rides the Bus (with apologies to Queen)

Pennsylvania School Districts Cut Costs and Children of Divorce May Lose In an effort to cut costs, various school districts across the Commonwealth have begun implementing policies restricting bus service to students. The policies may take different forms, but generally they limit busing to and from school from a single location within the district. So,… more

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