Yearly Archives: 2012

Corporate Officers Making Personal Promises

It is a well settled rule of law that a corporation generally shields the actions of officers, directors and employees from personal liability when they engage in company business.  In fact, the main purpose of corporate formation is to shield an individual or individuals from liability… Continue reading

Beneficiary Designations and Divorce

One potential consideration of divorcing spouses is changing beneficiary designations on insurance policies, IRAs, 401(k)s, etc.   Usually, this is simply a clerical change that can be done by revising a beneficiary designation form.    Notwithstanding the ease of completing such forms, historically many divorced individuals failed… Continue reading


 By this time most of us are probably familiar with the quasi-comical “Mayhem” character used in the television commercials of a certain national insurance company.  However, the original meaning of the word was far less humorous and had nothing to do with damaging, one’s car,… Continue reading

Name Games

Juliet:  “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / by any other name would smell as sweet.” (Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2).  As I grew up, I came to realize that I bore the same name as the Honorable William… Continue reading

Labor Law Update

Beginning January 31, 2012, most private sector employers in the U.S. are required to post an “Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act” poster.  This poster, which is required under a National Labor Relations Board Rule finalized last summer, provides a list of rights… Continue reading

The Queen’s English – En Garde!

In the world of grammar there are descriptivists (language liberals) and prescriptivists (strict adherence to the rules).  In the “Dictionary of Unendurable  English”, Robert Hartwell Fiske leaves no doubt about his feelings; he believes that rules promote accuracy, clarity, and elegance and that we should… Continue reading

The Importance of Diversification in Business

Diversification is a fundamental principle of prudent investing.  The old adage “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” prevented investors with a balanced portfolio from being destroyed during the 2008 economic downturn.  Those who had all their eggs in real estate, housing and certain… Continue reading

Real Estate “Seller Beware”

For many years, the theory of “caveat emptor” or “let the buyer beware” prevailed in residential real estate transactions.  The landscape changed in 2000 with the passage of RESDL, the Real Estate Seller Disclosure Law.  Under RESDL, there are 16 specific categories of information that… Continue reading

PennDOT Attempts to Suspend Mom for Son’s Misdeed

A recent Commonwealth Court decision in Pennsylvania (Franklin v. PennDOT) arose from PennDOT’s suspension of a woman’s driver’s license for her failure to satisfy a judgment originally entered against her son as the result of an automobile accident involving him. If a child under the age… Continue reading

Municipal Officials’ Emails – Are They Protected from Disclosure Under the Right-To-Know Law?

Are a public official’s emails sent from his or her personal computer subject to disclosure under the Right-to-Know Law?   Following a 2011 decision of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court (In re Silberstein), it appeared that the answer was “no.”  However, according to a more recent… Continue reading