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Entity Choice for Holding Real Estate in Pennsylvania

Everyone agrees that the average landlord or real estate developer is well-advised to hold real estate in a legal entity. The benefits of limited liability are too obvious to discuss. However, the question of what limited liability entity to hold the entity in is a… Continue reading

Are you Losing your Appeal?

The Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure are both precise, and unforgiving. If you wish to appeal a decision of a lower court (such as the County Court of Common Pleas), the general rule is that you have 30 days from the entry of the lower… Continue reading

Real Estate Assessment Appeal Deadlines

It is real estate assessment appeal time again. The assessment appeals deadline for the upcoming year is fast approaching. The due date for Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Lehigh and Delaware Counties is August 1, 2017. For Berks County the deadline is August 15, 2017. If you… Continue reading

Responsible Alcohol Management Program

Last summer Governor Wolf signed Act 39 of 2016 which made several changes to the Liquor Code. Among those changes were provisions regarding the Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) requirements. RAMP training covers how to detect fake IDs, identify signs of intoxication and how to… Continue reading

Maximizing Landlord’s Recovery after a Default

Our firm frequently represents landlords regarding leases that are in default. Usually the landlord’s object is clear, recover the property as soon as possible and make it productive again. Sometimes however the goal is more complicated and the landlord’s options other than pursuing a straight-forward… Continue reading

The “Subsequent Repair Doctrine”

Suppose a pedestrian is walking along the sidewalk in front of your house and trips over a large crack in the sidewalk, sustaining serious injury. The pedestrian sues you, claiming your failure to maintain the sidewalk was the proximate cause of the injury. Upon inspection,… Continue reading

What is a Temporary Restraining Order?

Recently in the news there has been much talk about “temporary restraining orders”, particularly in connection with the suspension of the President’s “travel ban” by various federal courts. So what is a temporary restraining order (“TRO”)? A TRO is a type of injunction issued by… Continue reading

The Queen’s English Beware the Dangling Modifier

In English where a word appears in a sentence is most important.  By misplacing a word or phrase, you may cause it to dangle; dangling words or phrases “occur in a sentence without having a normally expected syntactic relation to the rest of the sentence”… Continue reading

Expanded Wine Sales in the Commonwealth

In August of 2016, Act 39 of 2016 went into effect changing the Pennsylvania Liquor Code substantially.  The act included dozens of changes which impacted licensees, consumers and the Pennsylvania LCB (“LCB”). One area most affected by the changes to the law involves how Pennsylvanians… Continue reading

Penalty Points

As most drivers in Pennsylvania know, the Commonwealth maintains a point system for driver education and control which provides for the assessment of points against your license following a conviction of certain motor vehicle offenses. As a service to our readers we set forth below… Continue reading