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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Times Are a Changin’

Posted in Estate Administration
The financial tsunami that has passed over us since last September is bringing with it changes in tax laws. Existing law regarding the federal estate tax is surely one of those areas of the law that is bound to reflect the new conditions. Under the so-called Bush tax cuts, the federal estate tax was due to be… Continue Reading

Mandatory DUI Penalties in Lancaster County

Posted in DUI/ARD
Early in 2004, the Pennsylvania DUI laws were given a major overhaul, including significant changes to the penalties imposed. While the old laws differentiated penalties depending on whether offenders had prior DUI convictions, they did not take into account the blood alcohol content (BAC) of the offender. The new laws changed that, creating a somewhat complicated matrix using… Continue Reading

Location, Location, Location

Posted in Divorce
Location isn’t just important when you’re looking to buy a home, but also when you may be thinking about a divorce. The practice of one party filing a divorce in a far removed county from the residence of either party, which could be the result of low filing fees or the desire to place the… Continue Reading

Fault vs. No Fault Divorce

Posted in Divorce
There are essentially two types of divorce in Pennsylvania, fault and no fault. A fault divorce requires one spouse to prove the other has done one of the following: Deserted him or her without a reasonable cause for at least one year; Committed adultery; Entered into the marriage while he or she was married to… Continue Reading

ARD in Lancaster County – Qualifying for the Program

Posted in DUI/ARD
In my previous post, ARD in Lancaster County – Advantages of the Program for First Time DUI Offenders, I discussed the benefits of the ARD program. But, in order to take advantage of the program, the applicant must qualify. Applicants will not qualify for ARD if any one of the following is true: the applicant has a… Continue Reading