Monthly Archives: October 2007

Seven Forward Thinking Tips for 2008

Here is a list of seven ad-hoc suggestions, any one of which could make you feel better as we bring 2007 to a close and move boldly into 2008:   Help a senior (and yourself) by having a durable power of attorney and living will… Continue reading

Preliminary Hearings: You Can’t Win

In Pennsylvania, preliminary hearings are held before local Magisterial District Judges in criminal cases, ranging from DUI charges to cases involving homicide and other serious crimes.  But such hearings do not result in a “winner” or “loser” in most instances. The purpose of a preliminary… Continue reading

Maximizing Landlord Recovery after Default

The course of action a landlord takes after a breach of lease depends on a variety of factors, for example, the time left on the lease, the rental market, the financial condition of the tenant  (or the tenant’s guarantors), and the desirability of the premises. … Continue reading

One More Time: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch!

One More Time:  No Such Thing as a Free Lunch!     Anyone over age 55 is a favored target of vendors selling everything from vacation homes on North Carolina golf courses to “really hot” investment “vehicles.”  A favorite method is to invite you to participate… Continue reading

BBC&B Welcomes Rod Fluck

BBC&B Welcomes Rod Fluck   We are pleased to announce that Rod Fluck has joined the firm as an associate in our real estate and commercial department.  Rod received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Princeton University in 1993 and later attended the Dickinson School… Continue reading

What to do if You are Involved in a Car Accident

What to do if You are Involved in a Car Accident Traffic mishaps are an inevitable and unfortunate fact of life.  If you find yourself in one, we offer some guiding principles  you should consider.  A proper reaction can reduce injuries and costs as well… Continue reading

Transfer Tax Exemptions

In most parts of Pennsylvania there is a 2% transfer tax on real estate transfers, with 1% going to the state and 1% to the local government.  The tax rate is higher in the City of Philadelphia, amounting to 4% of the total purchase price. … Continue reading

Section 1031 Exchanges

As an increasing number of people are coming into newfound wealth, they are looking for ways to invest it.  The volatility of the stock market during the past few years (especially the bursting of the tech-stock bubble) has caused investors to look for different investment… Continue reading

Queen’s English: Fewer or Less?

Consider: “I have been able to survive with fewer calories and less advice”. Fewer and less are adjectives which refer to something diminished and are broadly synonymous, but they are not to be used interchangeably. To determine which is proper, we must look to the… Continue reading

When Municipalities Overreach

Municipal bodies occasionally try extreme measures.  The city of Hazelton recently adopted a severe immigration policy that brought it instant notoriety nationally in that it was more restrictive than anything in the country.  (The law has been stricken by the courts, though the issue is… Continue reading