Posts written by buteralaw

Spring 2018 Auction Notice

An invitation for bids is now open for the award of 30 expired restaurant licenses; this is the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s fifth license auction since Act 39 became effective in August 2016. The auction format will use the sealed bid process which the LCB… Continue reading

Protecting A Business Entity’s Limited Liability

The most common and compelling reason to form a corporation to operate a business is to provide limited liability. If done properly, the debts and the liabilities of the business attach only to the business and the business’s assets. With certain exceptions (such as wage… Continue reading

Tree Liability

With the recent severe winter storms, the issue of tree liability comes up.  If a tree on your property falls on your neighbor’s property, who is responsible for the damage and clean up?  As with many issues in the law, the answer depends. . .… Continue reading

Using Experts In Personal Injury Cases

The use of experts in personal injury cases is an important and valuable weapon in a lawyer’s arsenal to aggressively pursue recovery on behalf of an injured client. While the costs of experts can be significant, those costs are often more than justified by an… Continue reading

Steps to Insure Against Vendor/Supplier Failures

For a small business, vendor defaults and failures can be as serious as customer defaults and failures. As in managing customer relations, there are also a number of steps that can be taken to prevent your vendors’ financial problems (or indifference) from becoming your problem.… Continue reading

Property Protected from Creditors – Lender Be Aware, Debtor Be Prepared

It is of course, preferable to not be sued, and if you are sued it is obviously better to win your case and not have a judgment entered against you. The judgment itself is bad for your credit, but the execution proceedings that may follow… Continue reading

Liquor License Validation/Renewals Summary

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“LCB”) issues, renews and validates retail and wholesale liquor licenses. Every liquor license must be renewed biannually and validated in years that renewal is not required. In order to renew or validate a license, the appropriate renewal or validation fee… Continue reading

The Estate Tax – Not Quite Gone

Beginning January 1 of this year, the federal estate and gift tax thresholds have essentially doubled. Under the new law the exemption amounts for both estate and gift taxes jump to $11,200,000 per individual and $22,400,000 per married couple. For an unmarried individual, this means… Continue reading

Upset Tax Sales – Proceed with Great Caution

Tax sales are often touted as methods to get rich quick for new real estate investors.  However, it is vitally important that such an investor proceed with caution and learn the basics of the tax sale process in the jurisdiction in which he or she… Continue reading

Pennsylvania Tax Appeal Deadlines

Note well that if you received a Notice of Assessment from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue you now have only 60 days to appeal the assessment to the Board of Appeals rather than the former period of 90 days. The same is true of the… Continue reading