Any time I can use Schoolhouse Rock to explain a complicated legal issue, I have to jump on it. Today is one of those days. On June 9, the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives adopted Concurrent Resolution 836. The Concurrent Resolution said that the state of disaster emergency due to COVID-19 was over
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My County Is in the “Green Phase.” What Am I Allowed to do?
Soon, most of Pennsylvania will be in the Green Phase of the Governor’s Plan for COVID-19 reopening. If you are like me, you might be confused about exactly what the Green Phase allows.
It is not a complete return to the good old days of 2019 before we ever heard the words “novel coronavirus.” There…
Just in Time for Summer – Department of Health Guidance on Opening Swimming Pools and Summer Camps
For weeks, associations, municipalities, children’s day camps and public swimming pool organizations have been trying to decide if they could open summer recreation facilities such as pools, parks and playgrounds. The state has only recently released directions on how to open businesses, like construction, in a socially distant way.
Going into the Memorial Day…
Pennsylvania Construction Is Allowed to Reopen on May 1. What Do Business Owners Need to Know?
Beginning on May 1, 2020, Pennsylvania will allow businesses that are involved in construction to open. These construction businesses must follow state guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Reopening construction will allow some workers to return to their jobs and some people to move into their new homes.
However, just because Pennsylvania construction …
CARES Act Fixes the TCJA’s Retail Glitch and Allows Depreciation of Improvements to Commercial Property and Restaurant Equipment
In the past few weeks, we have looked at many of the economic stimulus and consumer protection parts of the CARES Act. A minor section in the Act has also corrected the “Retail Glitch” of 2018’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This correction will now allow business owners to depreciate improvements and equipment – …
Mortgage Payments, Foreclosure and Eviction During the COVID-19 Crisis
**UPDATE 5/9/2020** Governor Wolf ordered all foreclosures and evictions delayed until July 10, 2020. If a mortgage company, landlord or manufactured home park owner has already sent out the required paperwork to start a foreclosure or eviction (Act 6 or 91 Notice, Notice to Quit, MHCRA Notice, etc.), they have to start all of the…
Using Retirement Distributions for the COVID-19 Crisis
The CARES Act makes several changes to how people can use their retirement accounts during the coronavirus crisis – in particular, how they can use their retirement distributions. These provisions are another way to help people through the financial strain of this year.
Distributions from Retirement Plans
The CARES Act allows retirement distributions from an …
Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP takes part in the Hempfield Community Wellness Expo
Attorneys at Russell, Krafft & Gruber took part in the Community Wellness Expo at the Hempfield Rec Center on March 8. Attorneys Lindsay Schoeneberger, Kathy Krafft Miller and Kim Carter Paterson provided information and answered questions about Wills, Estate Planning, Financial Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney. Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney are an important but often overlooked part of health planning. Everyone, regardless of their age or their current health status, should have a plan for what happens if things go wrong. Even though it is unpleasant to talk about, it is much more unpleasant to have an emergency with no plan in place.…
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How Does Coronavirus Affect Your Contracts?
The first thing on everyone’s mind right now is the health and safety of our family, friends and neighbors. But as the quarantines and restrictions increase with the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19, businesses will start to be hurt as well. At some point, every business needs to know how coronavirus will affect their contracts. Are you going to get refunds for the things you already paid for? Are your construction contracts going to cost more because of delay?
The answer is: It depends.
If we want to predict the impact of coronavirus on business agreements, we have to read the agreements. They can treat the situation in a number of different ways. Many agreements have a force majeure or “act of God” provision. Maybe the contract calls these events “unavoidable casualties” or “events beyond the control of the parties.” The point is that different contracts may treat these situations differently. Let’s look at some examples:…
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Lessons Learned from Business Transition Planning
Lancaster County has a lot of multi-generational family businesses. You’ve probably seen countless articles like this one highlighting the “tsunami of change.” And if you’ve taken the time to read any of these articles, you’ve learned that the businesses that flourish in the second or third (or later) generations are successful largely because of the way they planned for the future. These succession plans have a number of things in common.
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