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POA Act Amended to Address Digital Assets

access_time Posted on: November 22nd, 2020

Recent legislation will help Pennsylvanians to manage their digital assets safely and efficiently. In Act 72 of 2020, our Legislature amended Pennsylvania’s POA Act to specifically allow an agent under a power-of-attorney to access the principal’s electronic communications and digital assets. The amendment is modeled on language in the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, and will assist an agent in navigating the requirements of online services to access and safeguard digital accounts and assets. Our online lives have become increasing complex, and our online estates – in the form of social media accounts, email addresses and communications, passwords, and other… read more »

Great News! Remote Notary Becomes Permanent in PA

access_time Posted on: November 4th, 2020

In welcome news from Harrisburg, Governor Wolf has signed into law Act 97 of 2020, making the emergency provisions of remote on-line notary permanent.  Previously, the remote notary provisions were set to expire sixty days after the expiration of the Governor’s declared emergency regarding the Covid-19 epidemic.  Now Pennsylvanians will continue to benefit from the opportunity to sign remotely-notarized documents from the safety of their own home.   Remote notary is simple, inexpensive and safe.  The signer, notary, and witnesses all join an on-line meeting, and the signing of documents and notarial act are all completed electronically.  The process can take… read more »

Welcome Beth Kern to CGA Legal Team!

access_time Posted on: November 2nd, 2020

CGA Law Firm is excited to welcome Beth Kern to the CGA Legal Team! Beth is a recent cum laude graduate of Widener University Commonwealth Law School, where she earned several significant awards. She was conferred an Outstanding Service to Law School Award for exemplary service and the John A. Fillion Memorial Award for her excellence in scholarship and professionalism. Specifically she was recognized as being the most likely to significantly contribute to the public and to the profession of labor and employment law.  These awards are evidence of Beth’s determination and work ethic, qualities she learned growing up in… read more »

Employment Law Update: 2020 Year in Review and 2021

access_time Posted on: October 24th, 2020

CGA Law firm’s experienced team of employment attorneys will provide proactive business leaders at all levels with an update on key employment law developments. They will suggest strategies to help employers maintain compliance with the many legal challenges employers face in 2020, as well as a preview of what 2021 may have in store.  Join our CGA experts for an enjoyable and informative YCEA working-lunch during which hosts will encourage participants to share their insights, ask questions, and share valuable tips. We look forward to seeing you there! REGISTER NOW The featured speakers, Attorneys Zach Nahass and Christine Nentwig, are Co-Chairs of the… read more »

Contemplating Divorce during the Pandemic

access_time Posted on: October 9th, 2020

Contemplating Divorce: The Initial Consultation Many people predict that the aftereffect of the pandemic will be a baby boom, an increase in divorces, or a combination of the two.  Typically there is an increase in the number of divorces after summer break or the holidays because these are periods of time when people spend much time together, which causes them to critically reevaluate their relationships.   As people are sheltering at home during COVID-19, many couples are similarly reflecting on their relationships and deciding to make changes. If contemplating the life-changing events of a divorce, it is wise to seek legal… read more »

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 »

COVID-19 Update: Program Offers $18 Million to Rural Small Businesses

access_time Posted on: October 2nd, 2020

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is encouraging small business owners in rural locations across America to apply for their Rural Relief Small Business Grants program. The grant opened on on Monday, September 28 and will close on October 5 just before midnight, so if you are eligible you will need to apply this weekend. Only small businesses with business addresses in rural communities are eligible for this grant. To be considered rural, a community must have a population of less than 50,000 people. All potential applicants should review the LISC’s FAQ and grant information before applying. The program is intended to support small businesses affected… read more »

Creating Trusts for Beneficiaries with Special Needs

access_time Posted on: September 21st, 2020

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 family assets. Register to reserve your spot today: REGISTER… 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 »