Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Terri Schiavo Story Five Years Later, Still an Avoidable Tragedy

It is hard to believe that it has been five years since a court battle erupted in Florida in which a severely brain-damaged Terri Schiavo,  passed away while in hospice care. She died nearly ten days after her feeding tube was ordered removed from her… Continue reading

Winning Before Trial: Summary Judgment

The vast majority of civil cases do not go to trial.  Many are settled.  Some cases are dismissed by the court for procedural reasons.  Some cases are resolved prior to trial following a motion for summary judgment. Both the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and… Continue reading

Can’t Get No Satisfaction…(At Least Without Legal Assistance)

     The five years prior to 2007 saw very heavy, perhaps record-breaking, activity in the area of home mortgage re-financing.  This phenomenon was driven mainly by homeowners who wanted to “cash-out” the existing equity in their homes or by homeowners who wanted to take… Continue reading

The Queen’s English — Which-Hunting

When to use the pronouns which and that to commence a clause is a challenge to many, and their misplacements are common. A clause can be either independent (“I went to the store” – – which is a complete thought) or dependent (“When you arrive…”)… Continue reading

Curb That Frisky Pup!

A woman who was inspecting a house, which was listed for sale in Philadelphia, was attacked and badly injured by the next door neighbor’s 118-pound Rottweiler dog; as a result she instituted litigation (Schickram v. Boss Pet Products) against the dog’s owner, the manufacturer, and distributor… Continue reading

Significant New Tax Incentives for Employers

      Under the Hiring Incentive to Restore Employment Act, which President Obama signed into law on March 18, 2010, employers who hire a person who was previously unemployed for at least 60 days prior to being hired (a Qualified Employee) after February 3, 2010,… Continue reading

Joint Ownership and the Consequences

  When two or more people acquire title in real or personal property (other than in an entity such as a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company), they too often give little thought to the type of ownership.  The consequences can be dire.   There… Continue reading