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Creating Trusts for Beneficiaries with Special Needs

access_time Posted on: September 21st, 2020

Teenage Boy In Wheelchair Playing Basketball With Family Join CGA and the YCEA for a Virtual Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, September 24th at 12 p.m for information on creating trusts for beneficiaries with special needs.CGA Law Firm’s experienced estate law attorney, Tim Bupp, will provide an overview of the types and applications of special needs trusts, as well as the uses of Pa ABLE accounts to assist in estate and personal planning. A special needs trust is a wonderful tool that can empower a person with disability (“PWD”) and their family, by preserving access to benefits while at the same time protecting… 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 »

On-Line Notary Should be Made Permanent

access_time Posted on: September 14th, 2020

In the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and our Pennsylvania Legislature took action to assure public safety by legalizing on-line remote notary of Pennsylvania legal documents.  This foresighted action by our leaders has allowed Pennsylvanians to complete legal documents, safely and conveniently, without leaving their own home.  However, legalized remote notary is set to expire when the current declaration of emergency ends.  Our Legislature and Governor Wolf should act now to approve Senate Bill 1097, which will make remote notary permanent for all Pennsylvanians.  Remote notary began on March 25, 2020, when Governor Wolf enacted an executive order… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Gov. Wolf Renews COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

access_time Posted on: September 13th, 2020

On September 1, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf signed a second renewal of the 90-day disaster declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency was originally declared on March 6, and this action is the second 90-day extension. The declaration extends protections for individuals and businesses during the ongoing pandemic. Protections include additional unemployment compensation, restrictions on eviction, an extension of licensing, and benefits for care workers and others who provide life-sustaining services to children, senior citizens, and other vulnerable residents.Act 15 Provisions Extended. Also extended are the provisions of Act 15 of 2020, under which municipalities can continue to take steps to assure safety… read more »

York County Launches its Open Space and Land Preservation Grant Program

access_time Posted on: August 19th, 2020

The York County Planning Commission (YCPC) has announced the launch of the County’s Open Space and Land Preservation Grant Program. The program is funded with County tax dollars and is designed to support open space preservation, resource protection, and outdoor recreation, with the objective of assisting the County to achieve its goal of preserving worthy York County land. Funds for Local Preservation  The program is open to York County municipalities and non-profit organizations which support open space preservation and natural resource protection. Funds can be used for acquisition of property; but funding does NOT support the purchase or construction of improvements on properties.  The… read more »

Charitable Remainder Trusts Boost Philanthropy, Defer Taxes

access_time Posted on: July 2nd, 2020

Charitable remainder trusts or “CRTs” are not as commonly utilized as in years past. Declining income tax rates, an increasing federal estate tax exemption, and decreased impact of the charitable donation tax deduction have combined to rob the CRT of some of its effectiveness. However, for philanthropic-minded donors who own the right kind of assets, a CRT can be exactly the right tool to defer or defeat capital gain or income tax, and at the same time create a charitable legacy for the community that sets an example for the family’s next generation.    Tom and Ann are retired and want to make… read more »

Safe, Secure Estate Planning is Available in COVID-19 Uncertainty

access_time Posted on: May 26th, 2020

As Pennsylvania transitions from Red to Yellow, significant restrictions will continue to limit our public interactions, and safety for ourselves and our loved ones requires continued separation.  However, these restrictions do not prevent you from assuring that important estate documents like Wills and powers-of-attorney are in place, updating those documents or health care directives to meet your needs, and making certain that your family and loved ones are protected.   At any time, having your Will and estate documents in place provides protection and peace of mind.  During the current emergency, the protection of good estate planning is essential.  Fortunately, our Legislature has acted… read more »

COVID-19 Municipal Resource Page

access_time Posted on: May 8th, 2020

COVID-19 Update: New Act Provides PA with Safe Secure Remote-Notary Service without Leaving Home

access_time Posted on: April 24th, 2020

Article by: Attorney Timothy Bupp and Paralegal Cori Spisak Earlier this week, our Legislature acted to make Pennsylvanians safer by strengthening the use of remote notarization in the Commonwealth. Act 15 of 2020, signed by Governor Wolf on April 20, gives statutory support to the Governor’s previous Executive Orders on remote notary. Notaries can now assist with the signing, witnessing and notarization of legal documents without the signors physically appearing before the notary agent.  Act 15 also expands the use of remote notary to a wider range of documents and to signors outside of the boundaries of our Commonwealth. These protections will… read more »

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide Released

access_time Posted on: April 14th, 2020

The USDA and its Federal government partners have programs to provide temporary and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The programs assist recovery for rural residents, for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, hospitals, etc. The programs offer assistance with financial issues, management, training, technical support, and state and local compliance. Follow the link below for a resource matrix to identify funding opportunities in the CARES Act and other federal resources. https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_COVID-19_Fed_Rural_Resource_Guide.pdf For updates on immediate action that the USDA is taking in response to COVID-19, visit usda.gov/coronavirus. For information and news from the CDC on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.gov. If you need… read more »