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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, estate planning, and administration. Frank… read more »

Attorney Christine E. Nentwig Named a CPBJ “Woman of Influence”

access_time Posted on: June 9th, 2022

CGA Law Firm Shareholder Christine E. Nentwig Named a 2022 Central Penn Business Journal Women of Influence. In May, the Central Penn Business Journal announced the names of the twenty-nine women selected from seven counties for the 2022 Women of Influence Awards. The Women of Influence award honors high-achieving women for their career accomplishments and honorees are selected based on their professional experience, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring.  As a Shareholder and Chair of CGA Law Firm’s Employment Law Group, Christine provides guidance and support to employers in a wide range of industries in both the private… read more »

Why Use an Attorney When Purchasing a Home?

access_time Posted on: June 8th, 2022

An important part of any home purchase is obtaining a title insurance policy on the property. A title insurance policy assures you and your lender that the property is “free and clear” of any other interests. This means that no one else may claim any rights to your property that would impair your ability to use and enjoy the property. To obtain a mortgage for a home purchase, lenders require a title insurance policy. Title insurance applies to any property you own—a condominium, a townhouse, a single-family home, or commercial property. Again, the purpose of the policy is to protect… read more »

Are Defamation Damages Dischargeable in Bankruptcy?

access_time Posted on: June 2nd, 2022

The jury issued its verdict yesterday in the Virginia defamation lawsuit between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. After three weeks of trial, the jury concluded that Ms. Heard’s statements were defamatory. Yesterday’s verdict has left many people asking whether damages awarded in a defamation case are dischargeable in bankruptcy.  Ordinarily, when a person files bankruptcy and receives a discharge, this means that the bankrupt party’s debts are eliminated and do not need to be repaid. Dischargeability depends upon what else the jury concludes. The Bankruptcy Code says that debts based on liability “for willful and malicious injury by… read more »

Everyone Gets Along, Until They Don’t – The Importance of Establishing Formal Governing Body Bylaws and Meeting Procedures

access_time Posted on: May 31st, 2022

The past two years have seemingly stood for one general proposition, expect the unexpected. Given the recent rise in public participation at government meetings, the global pandemic, polarizing viewpoints, and the inevitable unexpected situations, municipalities should consider adopting formal bylaws and meeting procedures to govern the conduct of both the governing body and public participants at municipal meetings. Municipalities that have already adopted formal bylaws, procedures, rules and regulations should consider reviewing the documentation for necessary updates. In certain circumstances, such as varied meeting formats or remote participation, formal action may be required to continue allowing for remote participation or… read more »

Former CGA Attorney Rees Griffiths and his wife, Sue, initiate the Griffiths Salvation Army Scholarship

access_time Posted on: May 27th, 2022

The Griffiths Salvation Army Scholarship launched this year with a $10,000 scholarship presented to a York High senior at the York High Awards Ceremony last evening. The recipient plans to attend Morgan State University to study nursing. Major Babbitt presented the scholarship. Rees and Sue’s estate plans provide that 80 percent of their estate goes to awarding similar scholarships to high achieving students with clear financial need. They established the program early to ensure they could celebrate the scholarships with the recipients and make certain the process worked smoothly while they are still around. The Griffiths describe the decision to… read more »

Attorney Larry Young Joins the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Services to the Public Committee

access_time Posted on: May 26th, 2022

The President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Jay N. Silberblatt, recently named Attorney Larry Young as Co-Chair of the PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee for the upcoming bar year. His term began on May 13th, 2022 and will conclude at the end of the 2023 PBA Annual Meeting. Shareholder | Bankruptcy and Debt Restructuring Chair | AttorneyLarry Young is a shareholder with CGA Law Firm and currently chairs the firm’s Bankruptcy and Debt Restructuring group. He focuses his practice on consumer bankruptcy matters, Chapter 11 and corporate reorganizations, debt restructuring, and workouts. Larry is certified as a Consumer… read more »

Central Penn Business Journal Names Attorney Christine Nentwig as a 2022 Woman of Influence

access_time Posted on: May 24th, 2022

On May 23rd, 2022, the Central Penn Business Journal announced the names of the women selected for the 2022 Women of Influence Awards. Honorees for this year were organized into three categories: Women of Influence, Women to Watch and Circle of Excellence. CGA Law Firm’s own Christine E. Nentwig was named one of this year’s Women of Influence. “The Women of Influence award honors high-achieving women for their career accomplishments. The honorees are selected based on their professional experience, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring.”Central Penn Business Journal “The 2022 Women of Influence honorees are leading companies, creating new… read more »

Attorney Spotlight: Daniel M. Fennick

access_time Posted on: April 5th, 2022

Of Counsel Attorney Daniel M. Fennick is a volunteer woodworking instructor to hearing impaired students at the Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende (San Miguel School for Special Education) in San Miguel de Allende, in Guanajuato, Mexico. The San Miguel School for Special Education is a non-profit school funded primarily from grants, donations, and fundraising. In Guanajuato, the government does not support schools for the deaf, and public schools lack the ability and instruction to properly teach deaf students. The school opened in 2012 with only three teachers, and in 2019, for the first time, three young… read more »