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04.08.2014
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The Art of Contract War

“The best defense is a good offense” is an adage that reportedly dates back to Sun Tzu’s Art of War in which he opined success often rests on destroying the enemy’s ability to attack.  This principle has been applied to a number of endeavors and is particularly applicable to what is often the first line of defense in the event of dispute… the contract.1

04.08.2014
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Life Insurance, Beneficiaries, and Divorce

What happens if you don’t remove your ex spouse from your life insurance policy following divorce? You may be surprised to learn that how you got the life insurance policy makes an enormous difference.
   

03.12.2014
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Important New Case Law May Require Changes in Transportation Protocol for School Districts

Recent cases have marked a shift in the way the Courts view the provision of transportation by public school districts and provide clarification to previously unanswered questions regarding transportation as provided in the School Code. In particular, the recent decisions pertain to circumstances in which parents have shared 50/50 custody of children both within the same school district and in two separate school districts. As a result, we advise that you review existing transportation policies and protocols, and make adjustments accordingly.

02.18.2014
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New PA Laws Provide Opportunities for Inheritance Tax Savings on Family-Owned Business Assets

Recent changes in Pennsylvania’s tax laws have created a valuable opportunity for family business owners to avoid inheritance taxes on your business assets.  Within the last eighteen months, our legislature has made changes to the inheritance tax law which will lessen or avoid altogether the inheritance tax on certain family-owned business assets.  These changes are complex and will not affect all businesses or all business assets; however, with careful planning, family owned businesses and farm businesses can dramatically lessen their inheritance tax burden. 

10.07.2013
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Meeting Safety is a Concern for Municipalities

The recent deadly shooting spree in Ross Township during a regular monthly meeting has unsettled many local government leaders and for good reason.  The attack, coupled with other shootings in public buildings like Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Navy Yard in Washington D.C.

10.01.2013
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Protecting Your Plastic

As new technologies change the way we pay for things, criminals are managing to keep pace as they devise ways to separate you from your money. Doing what you can to protect yourself is one part understanding the technology and at least equal portions of vigilance and common sense. Still, we can all benefit from some reminders.
   

09.27.2013
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Health Insurance Exchange Notices

Employers: This is a reminder that the Health Insurance Exchange Notices to employees need to be provided by October 1, 2013. If you still are unsure on the written notice requirements, the Department of Labor has provided model notices on its website.

09.20.2013
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Another Decision Regarding Student Speech

For decades, regulating student speech has been a challenging matter for school officials. Cases surrounding student speech often became very fact sensitive as the Courts have required in many cases that the speech be proven to be disruptive before it is prohibited.

09.20.2013
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New Start-Up Expenditure Tax Deduction for Pennsylvania Business Owners

The 2013 Pennsylvania Budget provides individuals an innovative incentive to start a new business beginning January 1, 2014.

06.20.2013
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Medicare's "Incident to" Reimbursement Trap for the Unsuspecting Physician

In the current economic time, physicians are looking for a way to increase reimbursement through the continued use of mid-level providers or non-physician providers (NPP), thereby increasing their practices overall net income without increasing their workload. There are several ways that physicians may go about achieving this goal. One is through taking advantage of Medicare’s “incident to” reimbursement for services performed by a NPP that are “incident to” the services of a physician.

06.18.2013
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Disposition of Abandoned Personal Property by Tenant

The Pennsylvania Landlord-Tenant Act has, in many aspects, remained virtually unchanged since its inception in 1951.  Over the years, this has caused a plethora of issues for both landlord and tenant to interpret its provisions.  Of those ambiguities, the predicament of what to do with personal property left behind by a tenant has often been at the forefront.  That quandary, however, is no more, as Senate Bill 887 of 2012 has set forth clear and precise measures on how this is to be handled.

05.17.2013
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York County Judicial Tax Sale Set For June 20, 2013

The York County Tax Claim Bureau has published notice that the Judicial Sale will take place on June 20, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. If your property is on this list, it is important for you to understand that if you do nothing before the sale, that you will likely lose your property.  

The Judicial sale is distinguishable from the "Tax Upset Sale" that occurs in the fall every year because at the judicial sale, properties are sold "free and clear" of mortgages and other encumbrances.  The properties are sold in order that the County's municipal and school taxes can be paid.

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