Posts written by buteralaw

Help Wanted: A Leader…

This article is about leadership. Leaders run companies big and small. And countries, states and local governments. So, what makes a good leader? Leadership coaches and consultants offer these observations: A good leader leads by example, not by imposing strict rules or threats. A good… Continue reading

The Estate Tax and Non-Citizen Spouses

One of the most important tools used in federal estate tax planning is the marital deduction. This deduction normally provides an unlimited deduction for any transfers made to the surviving spouse. Unfortunately, this deduction is not available when the surviving spouse is a non-citizen. The… Continue reading

Pennsylvania General Assembly Takes a Hard Look at Non-Competes

Generally, Pennsylvania Courts will respect a non-compete covenant between an employer and an employee if: (1) it is incidental to a contract for employment, (2) it is supported by adequate consideration and (3) the scope of the covenant must be reasonably limited in time and… Continue reading

Feeling Blue? Visit the Emerald Isle!

Like many folks living in the northeastern United States (think Boston, Philadelphia, New York) some of my ancestors came over from Ireland in the late 1800s. I recently had the privilege of traveling to the Emerald Isle and visiting the “auld sod” where my family… Continue reading

Seventh LCB R-License Auction

The bidding process for the seventh auction for expired restaurant licenses is now open.  The Commonwealth is offering 33 expired restaurant licenses in a sealed bid auction.  There will be one license offered in each of the following counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks,… Continue reading

Hurricane Florence – Protecting Yourself from Charity Scams

We are lucky, here in southeastern Pennsylvania, to not be too heavily affected by the yearly hurricane season. Amid all of the cooperation, generosity and heroism shown during such events, there is also a disheartening and much different phenomenon: scam artists posing as charities that… Continue reading

Burdens of Proof

When it comes to the burden of proof in a courtroom, two important questions arise:  What is the burden of proof, and who has it? In criminal cases the burden of proof is always on the prosecutor since the accused has a constitutional right to… Continue reading

Breweries, Limited Wineries and Distilleries

Pennsylvania is in the midst of a “craft” transformation. This phenomenon includes alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and spirits. Consumers have increasingly been demanding products that are locally sourced and made in small batches of quality ingredients designed to meet the taste and preferences… Continue reading

Estates and Installment Sale Obligations

In our estates practice we frequently find debts held in an estate that are owed by a family member of the decedent. Frequently these loans are forgiven or are distributed out to the debtor (usually a child of the decedent) pursuant to the terms of… Continue reading

Congratulations Bill Brennan!

Join us in congratulating Bill Brennan and his family on their latest acquisition — TWINS! (Bill could never be satisfied with just one grandchild! Bill’s daughter Liz recently gave birth to twin daughters.  All are doing well and Bill is thrilled to be a Grandfather. … Continue reading