Monthly Archives: April 2016

Latin Lovers – Law List

Here is a list of some common Latin terms which pervade court papers and legal opinions, along with their common meanings: Caveat Emptor: “Buyer beware” — meaning that the buyer of property is on notice to inspect it carefully and will be held to that… Continue reading

Fiduciary Duties and Retirement Planning

In a recent issue we dealt with a case where an insurance salesman who held himself out as giving investment advice was found to have violated a “fiduciary standard” which he owed a customer. This decision may be part of a growing trend that the… Continue reading

Temporary Yard Signs

Since we are now in the political season, property owners and residents may wish to demonstrate their support for a particular candidate or political party by placing a yard sign or signs on a front lawn. Most local governments have maintained regulations concerning the size… Continue reading

Enhanced DUI Penalties

Over recent years, like many states, Pennsylvania has gradually strengthened its DUI law to increase the potential penalties for driving under the influence, and also lowered the minimum allowable blood alcohol level to make it easier for drivers to be considered “impaired”. Potential penalties imposed… Continue reading

Gun Owners: Beware Negligent Storage Liability

Gun ownership in Pennsylvania carries with it certain safety obligations, and these go beyond simply not pointing your gun at others. In addition to the obligation to transport and use your gun carefully and safely, you also have an obligation to store your gun in… Continue reading

Alcohol Service to Minors

If you ask people what the drinking age is in Pennsylvania most will quickly answer 21. Indeed since prohibition was repealed in 1933 Pennsylvania’s legal drinking age has been 21 years of age. For a licensed establishment, serious penalties and fines occur when the licensee… Continue reading

Specific Performance of Real Estate Sales Contracts

Most claims for breach of contract involve claims for “monetary damages.” The non-breaching party goes to court demanding a judgment for a dollar amount that would put him in the same position as if the other party had not breached the contract. Real estate agreements… Continue reading