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PBI’s Week In Review

New Matter in protracted custody litigation not the type of pleading subject to Dragonetti, P.J.A. v. H.C.N., February 13, 2017

PBI’s Week In Review

Pa.R.C.P. 1033 amended allowing correction of name of party within 90 days of commencement of action, effective 4-1-17, Pa.R.C.P. 1033, February 2, 2017

Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Enacted

A new Pennsylvania tax amnesty program is coming. It was enacted as part of the state’s 2016–2017 budget process. Taxpayers with unfiled state tax returns or returns that need to be amended will be able to pay the tax and half of the interest they owe, with the balance of the interest and all penalties being forgiven. Depending on individual circumstances, there may be only a five-year look back with all prior year tax liabilities forgiven. The effective date has not yet been announced, but when it is there will be a 60-day window to take advantage of the program.

By | August 10th, 2016|Categories: General, Tax Law|Tags: |Comments Off on Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Enacted

New Jurisdiction Changes to the Pa. Probate, Estates & Fiduciaries Code

On July 8, 2016, a number of changes were made to Title 20 of the PEF Code, as SB 1104 became Act 79.

By | July 27th, 2016|Categories: Estate Planning and Administration, General|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on New Jurisdiction Changes to the Pa. Probate, Estates & Fiduciaries Code

PA Makes Changes to Power of Attorney Laws

On July 8, 2016 the Governor signed Senate Bill 1104 (SB 1104) into law as Act 79. SB 1104 makes broad ranging amendments to Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Included are a number of changes to Pennsylvania laws regarding powers of attorney.

It is likely that another bill […]

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Estate Planning and Administration, General|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on PA Makes Changes to Power of Attorney Laws

New Guidance on Birth Certificates for Same-Sex Parents

Obtaining a birth certificate just became a little easier for same-sex female couples.

By | June 6th, 2016|Categories: Family Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Guidance on Birth Certificates for Same-Sex Parents

Supreme Court Clarifies Methodology for Reimbursing Providers of Medical Devices to Auto Accident Victims

Automobile insurers liable for reimbursing providers of medical products to accident victims are not restricted to the methodologies identified in the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (MVFRL) and Department of Insurance regulations, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Freedom Med. Supply, Inc. v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co.

By | February 25th, 2016|Categories: General, Health Law, Insurance|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Clarifies Methodology for Reimbursing Providers of Medical Devices to Auto Accident Victims

Trial Court Erred in Failing to Excuse Juror who Exhibited Bias in Favor of Police

Despite her assurance that she could be fair and impartial, a prospective juror who admitted her bias in favor of police should have been excused for cause, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Penn.

By | February 19th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Trial Court Erred in Failing to Excuse Juror who Exhibited Bias in Favor of Police

Super Bowl Syndrome: The Drinking Dangers That Land Your Clients Behind Bars

Celebrating Super Bowl Sunday often goes hand-in-hand with consuming alcoholic beverages.

By | February 9th, 2016|Categories: General|Comments Off on Super Bowl Syndrome: The Drinking Dangers That Land Your Clients Behind Bars

No Fraud Exception to Confidential Spousal Communication Privilege

There is no fraud exception to Pennsylvania’s civil spousal communication privilege, the Superior Court held in CAP Glass, Inc. v. Coffman.