Posts written by buteralaw

Unsigned Wills and Attorney Liability

Wills and estate documents are not always signed before death makes its inevitable visit.  This is a recurring problem, and for law firms that plan estates it is not uncommon that reminders must be sent to clients regarding the status of the unsigned documents.  Usually… Continue reading

The Queen’s English: However Resuscitated

Grammatical myths arise (“Never end a sentence with a preposition.”) and are often difficult to dispel.  One such “rule” is that sentences should never begin with however.  Not so. An illustration:  “The Phillies were on the verge of a big inning with the bases loaded. … Continue reading

What is the PALCB?

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (LCB) was established in conjunction with the 21st Amendment and the repeal of Prohibition. It was created by state law on Nov. 29, 1933, just four days before the end of Prohibition. The agency is governed by a three-member Board… Continue reading

Cigar Bars in Pennsylvania

Notwithstanding Pennsylvania’s general prohibition on smoking in bars, Pennsylvania does permit the operation of “cigar bars”. Under the Clean Indoor Air Act, a proposed cigar bar needs to apply for and obtain a Department of Health exemption to allow smoking on the premises. All permits… Continue reading

Small Claims Court

Pennsylvania’s small claims court system is a system of uniform statewide Magisterial District Justice courts. Each of the more than 500 Magisterial District Justices has exclusive jurisdiction over his or her specific geographic area. Civil claims can be brought in the district where the defendant… Continue reading

If You are in a Car Accident…

Here are some basic tips to remember if you should have the misfortune of being in a car accident: Safety first – get yourself (and your vehicle, if possible) out of harm’s way. Call the police and report the accident. Assist others involved in the… Continue reading

Planning for Your Digital Estate

For better or worse, an increased number of our financial and personal activities are conducted and logged on-line. This can prove difficult when a person dies or becomes incapacitated. Activities as varied as the relatively unimportant maintenance (or shutting down) of a Facebook account, accessing… Continue reading

Auction Notice – November 2017

The Liquor Control Board will be releasing 50 “R” licenses for auction. Bids for the licenses are due by noon on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Bids will be opened Thursday, November 16, 2017 and auction winners will be determined soon thereafter. This auction includes 50… Continue reading

Co-Ownership of Property: Title Matters

When more than one person owns property they are referred to as “co-tenants”. How co-tenants own the property can vary – and can determine what happens to the property when one of them dies or when a creditor comes after the property to satisfy a… Continue reading

What is a Motion in Limine?

As a civil lawsuit becomes ready for trial the trial lawyers start to think about what evidence they intend to present to the jury to prove or defend their case. Evidence is typically developed during the discovery process where witnesses are deposed and documents, photographs… Continue reading