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Can a Corporation or LLC be Pro Se in PA?

access_time Posted on: December 17th, 2021

When someone is pro se, it means that they’re representing themselves in court.  Owners and other officers involved in corporate entities such as corporations, limited liability companies, non-profits, and limited partnerships, may wonder if they can appear in court on behalf of the entity.  The short answer is NO.  At least not after the MDJ level. Rule 207 of the Magisterial District Judges Rules of Civil Procedure allows corporate entities to appear pro se at the MDJ level.  However, that is not the case at the Court of Common Pleas and higher courts with very few exceptions including stockholder’s derivative… read more »

Support for Small Distressed Businesses

access_time Posted on: December 14th, 2021

There is something new and exciting in the world of Bankruptcy which gives small businesses in financial distress a chance to reorganize and continue operating, rather than shutting the doors. In 2019, the Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) was passed and went into effect in early 2020, with impeccable timing – just prior to the pandemic. Under the SBRA, Congress created a more affordable, less burdensome option under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code for small businesses called the Subchapter V Bankruptcy. Under a Subchapter V Bankruptcy, the small business Debtor, after presenting financial documents to the Court, can pay… read more »

Labor and Employment Alert: Vaccine Mandates on Hold

access_time Posted on: December 9th, 2021

And just like that…three prongs of the broad federal vaccine mandate issued as part of the Path Out of the Pandemic initiative – specifically those applicable to federal contractors, certain healthcare workers, and employers with 100 or more employees – have been blocked by multiple federal courts. Here’s a rundown of where things stand as of today: Federal Contractor Mandate: Initially blocked in 3 states by a Kentucky judge on November 30, 2021, then blocked in all states by a Georgia federal judge on December 7, 2021. Healthcare Mandate: Initially blocked in 10 states by a Missouri federal judge on November… read more »

All Federal Vaccine Mandates Now on Hold

access_time Posted on: December 9th, 2021

This page features updates and new information from previous articles. And just like that…all three prongs of the broad federal vaccine mandate issued as part of the Path Out of the Pandemic initiative – specifically those applicable to federal contractors, certain healthcare workers, and employers with 100 or more employees – have been blocked by multiple federal courts. Here’s a rundown of where things stand as of today: Initially blocked in 3 states by a Kentucky judge on November 30, 2021, then blocked in all states by a Georgia federal judge on December 7, 2021. Initially blocked in 10 states… read more »

CGA Law Firm Welcomes Yaribeth McGarvey

access_time Posted on: December 9th, 2021

Have you been greeted by a friendly new receptionist in the CGA lobby? Our newest CGA Law Firm team member is Yaribeth McGarvey. Yaribeth spent most of her career before and after children in the banking industry as a Bank Service Specialist. Her primary duties in this role were setting up new accounts, communicating with customers to solve inquiries, overseeing all transactions, and performing data entry. Yaribeth is bilingual, proficient on the computer, detail-oriented, and has excellent communication skills which have helped her excel in the banking industry and are highly valued in the legal field. We credit fellow legal… read more »

Attorney Rebecca Shanaman Joins Downtown York Rotary

access_time Posted on: December 8th, 2021

Congratulations to Attorney Rebecca Shanaman for joining the Downtown York Rotary! Attorney Rebecca Shanaman is the Chair of the CGA Real Estate Group and focuses her practice on real estate law and business law. Originally from Chicago, Rebecca joined CGA in 2016 and brought over a decade of experience with her to strengthen our departments. Rebecca is experienced in negotiating and closing sophisticated business and commercial real estate acquisitions and sales. She is skilled at negotiating and drafting contracts, including purchase and sale agreements, commercial leases, asset purchase agreements, solar leases, and multi-member operating agreements. Rebecca has significant experience in… read more »

Attorney Margaret “Mieke” Driscoll Joins The York Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors

access_time Posted on: December 3rd, 2021

Congratulations to Attorney Margaret “Mieke” Driscoll for joining the York Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors! The York Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1933 and incredibly, performed without interruption from the Depression through World War II to today with a commitment to excellence in providing live orchestral music and music education to the people of our region. Currently, their roster is composed of 76 professional instrumentalists, and the 100 volunteer vocalists of the York Symphony Chorus. For each season, the York Symphony Orchestra presents six Classical concerts, three Pop concerts, and two Young Person concerts in order to perform a spectrum… read more »

Central Penn Business Journal Honors CGA Law Firm Attorneys and Staff in Legal Excellence Awards 2021

access_time Posted on: December 1st, 2021

Central Penn Business Journal is proud to bring a new recognition event to the region honoring legal professionals. Legal Excellence Awards honors Central Pennsylvania’s top leaders in law – lawyers, judges and legal professionals – whose dedication to their occupation and to their communities is outstanding. Up and Coming Lawyers: Honoring attorneys who have been admitted to the bar for 10 years or less and demonstrate professional accomplishment, community service and a strong commitment to the legal profession early in their careers. Law Firm Administrator Award: Honoring administrators who do outstanding work to help their law firms succeed. Paralegal Award:… read more »

Attorney Beth Kern Joins York Benevolent Association Board of Managers

access_time Posted on: November 29th, 2021

Congratulations to Attorney Beth Kern for joining the York Benevolent Association’s Board of Managers! The York Benevolent Association has a long and proud history in York. The oldest charitable organization in York County, founded in 1863, originally provided aid for widows and orphans of Civil War soldiers. Over time, the need for their services grew and their work expanded to serve the general public. In 1893, a charter was incorporated to the York Benevolent Association and defined its purpose: providing food, clothing, shoes, and fuel to those in need. Their work has never stopped. As a member of the Board… read more »

Labor & Employment Alert: Temporary Halt of Vaccine Mandate Enforcement

access_time Posted on: November 17th, 2021

An update to this article can be found HERE. The Fifth Circuit has extended its November 6, 2021 order temporarily halting enforcement of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating vaccination for employers with 100 or more employees.  To support its decision, the court cited constitutional concerns, as well as its finding that the ETS is both overinclusive – to the extent it applies to all workplaces in all industries – and underinclusive – based on its failure to require the vaccine for employers with fewer than 100 employees.  In response, OSHA stated that while it “remains confident in its… read more »