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To-Do List for PA Municipalities Before the Calendar Flips

access_time Posted on: November 29th, 2022

As we get near the end of 2022, it is time for local municipalities in Pennsylvania to begin thinking about everything that needs to be accomplished before the calendar flips to 2023. Four of the major items that every municipality needs to accomplish before the end of the year are the passage of a budget, adoption of a tax resolution or ordinance, making necessary appointments or re-appointments to boards and commissions, and advertisement of meetings for the following year. Once a tentative budget has been ironed out, the board or council must approve advertisement of that tentative budget. This action… read more »

Tax Credit Increase for Volunteer Emergency Service Providers

access_time Posted on: November 23rd, 2022

The Volunteer Service Credit Act (the “Act”), which is found in 35 Pa. C.S.A. Health and Safety, was amended in 2020 by Act 91 to allow active volunteer firefighters to take an even greater tax credit. As many municipalities are experiencing first hand, volunteer fire and emergency service companies are declining in numbers of volunteers across the Commonwealth. The Act (Act 172 of 2016) was adopted to assist with recruiting and maintaining active volunteers by offering financial incentives. This credit allows for volunteer firefighters to obtain a credit against municipal real estate tax obligations for amounts they have paid that… read more »

A New Tool to Protect York County Property Owners

access_time Posted on: October 17th, 2022

Protect your property from property title and deed theft.Property title theft often occurs when a bad actor steals your identity and then creates fraudulent deed transfer documents that appear as though you have signed them. In response to this trend, some companies have offered paid monitoring services to help protect your property against these types of attacks. However, if you own property in York County, then the Recorder of Deeds Office has just made it easier and free for you to monitor recordings related to your property.     To protect your property, navigate to the Recorder of Deeds page on the York… read more »

CGA Law Firm Wins the MidPenn Legal Services Award

access_time Posted on: September 23rd, 2022

Photo courtesy from MidPenn Legal Services Photo courtesy from MidPenn Legal Services Attorney Larry Young accepted the MidPenn Legal Services award on behalf of CGA Law Firm on September 22nd, 2022. The MidPenn Legal Services Award was given “for the many years of working with MidPenn to assist marginalized communities in York County”. Our dedication to justice for all is integral to our Mission and CGA Law Firm is proud to accept this award. Curious about what other awards CGA Law Firm and our attorneys have won? Go to our Awards and Recognition page here: https://www.cgalaw.com/awards-and-recognitions/

The Central Penn Business Journal has Selected Devon Myers Kolomick, Attorney at CGA Law Firm as a Forty Under Forty Recipient

access_time Posted on: September 12th, 2022

Forty Under Forty recognizes professionals 40 years of age and younger who have been successful in the Central Pennsylvania area. Honorees, chosen by the editors and publisher of the Central Penn Business Journal, were selected based on professional accomplishments, community service and commitment to inspiring change. A listing of honorees can be found on the CPBJ website. “The 2022 Forty Under 40 honorees represent the future of Central Pennsylvania. They have achieved professional success and are making significant contributions to our community and inspire change,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, senior group publisher of the Central Penn Business Journal. “We at the… read more »

Inherited IRAs are Not Protected from Judgment Creditors

access_time Posted on: September 2nd, 2022

The Internal Revenue Code defines an IRA as an individual retirement account/ annuity which was acquired because of the death of another person when the recipient was not the surviving spouse.   The Judicial Code protects retirement funds and accounts from attachment or execution by judgment creditors.  Until recently, Pennsylvania Courts had not addressed whether inherited IRAs were subject to that protection. In June, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied an appeal from a January 2022 ruling by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania regarding Inherited IRAs.   The issue arose in an Allegheny County garnishment action and was eventually presented before the Pennsylvania… read more »

Updates on Student Loan Relief

access_time Posted on: August 30th, 2022

*DISCLAIMER: This article is intended to share factual information and is not intended to reflect the author’s or CGA Law Firm’s stance or opinion on Student Loan Relief. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should only accept legal advice from a licensed attorney with whom you have an attorney-client relationship.             On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, President Biden announced another step in his student loan forgiveness plan wherein qualified borrowers will see $10,000 to $20,000 in student loan debt cancellation. Whether… read more »

Estate Planning – More Important Now Than Ever

access_time Posted on: July 6th, 2022

In today’s world, protecting your family with solid estate planning is more essential than ever. The recent pandemic reminds us that having good estate documents in place is necessary. A sturdy Will can assure that your assets pass as you desire and your instructions will be observed. A Durable Power of Attorney empowers another to help when someone is injured, incapacitated, or frail. A Health Care Directive assures that medical services will be administered as you desire. Our legal team is current with recent changes in the law and can help you keep your estate plan up to date. Having… read more »

Bankruptcy Filings Down

access_time Posted on: June 20th, 2022

Bankruptcy filings in Central Pennsylvania are down, as they are nationwide. Due to the relatively healthy economy, this fact should not surprise anyone. The mix of cases that are being filed is more notable. At the close of February in Central Pennsylvania, personal Chapter 13 filings outnumbered personal Chapter 7 filings. A Chapter 7 is filed when people are prepared to simply walk away from their debt. A Chapter 13 is filed when people want to reorganize their debt. In the economic downturn of 2008, the overwhelming majority of filings were in Chapter 7. At one point, nationwide Chapter 7… read more »

Attorney Frank Henisse Countess Named to The Power 30

access_time Posted on: June 15th, 2022

The Central Penn Business Journal’s Power 30 for Law & Lobbyists [is] compiled by the editorial staff and management, [and] honors those who shape our communities and influence our quality of life through the legal and political foundations our society depends on.Ernest Long, Managing Editor for the Central Penn Business Journal Read more on Frank’s contributions to our communities on the CPBJ’s Power 30 List profile on Frank HERE. Shareholder | AttorneyFrank Henisse Countess is a shareholder with CGA Law Firm. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, business law, commercial transactions, and estate planning and administration…. read more »