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Blog Posts in 2014

Murder-Suicide in Home Need Not be Disclosed

The PA Real Estate Seller Disclosure Law was almost symbolic of the changes in real estate law which took place during the first year of the 21st century. The Seller Disclosure Law was emblematic as ...
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Implied Warranty Will Not Extend Beyond Initial Home Buyer

Back in 1972, the PA Supreme Court ruled that an initial home buyer could rely upon an implied warranty of habitability of a home builder. In 1990, the Court extended the implied warranty to cover ...
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Failure to Revive Lien Does Not Invalidate Lien

Under current Pennsylvania Law, a judgment lien may be revived every five years. It has always been a popular belief that a failure to "revive" the lien before the five year date would mean ...
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What do you do with the "stuff" the tenant leaves behind?

In representing residential landlords, especially in eviction proceedings, there traditionally was great uncertainty about what to do with the personal property left after the tenants vacate the ...
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It's final - HICPA Will Not Bar A Claim for Quantum Meruit by a Contractor

As a follow up top my Blog post regarding the Superior Court's decision in Shafer Elec. v. Mantia, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided the issue, and affirmed the Superior Court's ...
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New Power of Attorney Law in PA

On July 2, 2014, Governor Corbett signed a bill which makes significant changes to Pennsylvania law governing Power of Attorney documents. Most provisions of the law, which was unanimously approved by ...
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Real Estate Fees and Taxes on the Rise

Has there been a "real estate recovery?" Sales of residential real estate have risen over the past year, and residential real estate prices have crept upward. However, many real estate ...
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Application for Charitable Organization Status as Easy as "1[0]23"

The IRS is making it easier to help smaller charities apply for 501(c)(3) status. Organizations with less than $50,000 in annual receipts and less than $250,000 in assets can now apply, on line, by ...
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Minimum Wage Alert for Multi-State Employers

The dropping of the Waterford Crystal Ball in Times Square, New York City also ushers in an increase in the minimum wage in New York and 13 other states. The following states have adopted increases in ...
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Digital Assets

Handling Digital Assets When doing estate planning it is important to consider your digital assets and how your personal representatives will have access to them. When preparing a Will or Power of ...
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