Archive for the ‘Real Estate Law’ Category

Engaging an Attorney for a Home Purchase

access_time Posted on: October 6th, 2020

Buying a home is an exciting but often intimidating experience for people, especially for first-time buyers. People have a lot of questions about the process. One question is, “do I need an attorney?”. While the roles of the realtor and bank in a residential real estate transaction are obvious, the role of an attorney may be less so. But in real estate closings, as in all cases, the role of the attorney is to be an advocate for his or her client.  One very important reason to hire an attorney when buying a home has to do with the title… read more »

Leadership York Named Attorney Frank Countess “Outstanding Alumnus of the Year 2020.”

access_time Posted on: September 17th, 2020

Each year, Leadership York recognizes one outstanding alumnus for their contributions to the greater good in our community. This year’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year is Frank H. Countess. The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year selection committee is comprised of past recipients of Leadership York’s Alumnus of the Year award and Leadership York staff. Frank is a 1997 graduate of the Leadership Training Program (LTP) and since graduating has served on numerous committees and boards in the community. His committee service would be too lengthy to list, but we think you will enjoy seeing where he has served since he… read more »

COVID-19 Update: CDC Issued an Order Preventing Evictions in Certain Cases

access_time Posted on: September 8th, 2020

The CDC has issued an Order preventing evictions in certain cases which went into effect on September 4, 2020.  In order to obtain protection under the Order, Tenants must provide a declaration to the landlord or property owner, under penalty of perjury.   Tenants must swear that they have tried to obtain government assistance, must fall within income restrictions set forth in the Order, and must be unable to pay rent due to loss of job or income or due to medical bills.  Tenants must also be making timely payments as close to regular rent as possible and show that eviction… read more »

YCEA y CGA Manual Legal para la Comunidad Latina

access_time Posted on: July 21st, 2020

CASA, 225 East Princess Street, York, Pennsylvania 17403 REGÍSTRATE AHORA La abogada, Liliana García Fisher de CGA Law Firm, ofrecerá una cartilla legal atractiva e interactiva sobre temas enviados anónimamente por parte de miembros de la comunidad Latina. Los temas de conversación incluyen la contratación de un abogado, el manejo de citaciones penales/de tráfico, problemas de bienes y racices, los pasos correctos a seguir cuando surge una demanda, la preparación de un testamento, la respuesta a preguntas sobre contratistas, la comprensión de los asuntos del propietario e inquilino y mucho más. Únase a la abogada, Liliana García Fisher de CGA… read more »

YCEA and CGA Legal Primer for the Latino Community

access_time Posted on: June 23rd, 2020

Location: 225 East Princess Street, York, Pennsylvania 17403 REGISTER NOW The York County Economic Alliance and CGA Attorney Liliana Garcia Fisher will provide an engaging and interactive legal primer on topics submitted anonymously from members of the Latino community.  Conversation topics include hiring an attorney, handling criminal law/traffic citations, managing real estate issues, taking the correct steps when you’re sued, preparing a will, addressing contractor questions, understanding landlord/tenant matters, and much more.  Join CGA Attorney Liliana Fisher for an enjoyable and informative working-lunch during which she will provide insight, answer questions, and share valuable tips. We look forward to seeing you there!… read more »

COVID-19 Update: 60-day Extension of Moratorium on Foreclosures and Evictions

access_time Posted on: May 8th, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely impact the economy, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order extending the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions in Pennsylvania. As a result, banks cannot process foreclosures and landlords cannot process evictions in Pennsylvania for another two months. This means that no Pennsylvania resident will be removed from their home due to an eviction or foreclosure until July 10, 2020. It is important to note that unless a homeowner has made an agreement with their mortgage lender or a renter has made an agreement with their landlord to the contrary, mortgage payments and rental… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Relaxing In-Person Notary Requirement for Real Estate

access_time Posted on: March 27th, 2020

Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) for PA Notaries Governor Wolf approved a temporary lift in the personal appearance requirement of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) for PA notaries with specified safeguards. (Follow this link to view the notice on the Pennsylvania Department of State website: NOTICE.) All notaries who are using audio-visual technology as an alternative to personal appearance must: 1) become an approved Pennsylvania electronic notary (free application).2) use an e-notary solution already approved by the Department that offer remote notarization technology.3) indicate in the notary certificate that the notarial act was performed by… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Landlord Tenant Issues

access_time Posted on: March 27th, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Landlord Tenant Issues The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has recognized that this can be a difficult time for both tenants and landlords.  Many people have heard that the court put a hold on evictions during this crisis but there is additional information for landlords and tenants to know.  As of March 16, 2020, all MDJ hearings involving active landlord tenant cases were postponed for at least 30 days.  Any newly filed matters involving landlord tenant issues will be scheduled for a time at least 75 days away.  These times are constantly subject to change and they could be extended by the courts. … read more »

The SECURE Act and its Impact on IRAS, 401(K)S and 529 Savings Accounts

access_time Posted on: March 26th, 2020

The SECURE Act On December 20, 2019 Congress passed a comprehensive governmental spending package, which included provisions creating the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act.  Congress’s intent with the legislation was to initiate long overdue revisions to make saving for retirement accessible for more Americans.  Most provisions of this important retirement legislation go into effect on January 1, 2020 and affect individual retirement accounts, 401(k) plans and 529 college savings accounts. Below are a few of the highlights of the SECURE Act: Age for required minimum distributions (RMDs) raised to 72.  Americans will no longer be required to withdraw assets… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Real Estate Transactions During Closure Order

access_time Posted on: March 23rd, 2020

On Thursday, March 19th, Governor Wolf issued an order that went into effect at 8pm that evening — all “non-life sustaining businesses” in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Enforcement of this order will begin on Monday, March 23rd at 8am. What Happens Now Although all parties which facilitate a real estate transaction (real estate agents, real estate brokers, attorneys, title companies, lenders, inspectors, appraisers, and contractors) cannot conduct in-person transactions, it appears that they may continue to complete any parts of the transaction that can take place remotely. Service activities that can be… read more »