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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 | 2017-05-19T22:51:21+00:00 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 | 2017-05-19T22:51:21+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Categories: Family Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Guidance on Birth Certificates for Same-Sex Parents

Autopsy Report on Suspicious Death is Testimonial under Confrontation Clause

An autopsy report is testimonial evidence for purposes of the Confrontation Clause when the victim’s death was sudden, violent or suspicious, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Brown.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:21+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Categories: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Autopsy Report on Suspicious Death is Testimonial under Confrontation Clause

Convictions Upheld for Rapper who Threatened Police Officers in YouTube Video

A YouTube video threatening to kill individually named police officers was sufficient evidence to support convictions of terroristic threats and intimidation of witnesses, the Pennsylvania Superior Court decided in Com. v. Beasley.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:21+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Convictions Upheld for Rapper who Threatened Police Officers in YouTube Video

Evidence of Prior DUI Conviction and DUI Education Class Admissible to Establish Driver’s Mens Rea

Evidence of a prior DUI conviction and participation in a DUI education program is admissible as inferential evidence of a driver’s state of mind, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Diehl.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:21+00:00 May 18th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Evidence of Prior DUI Conviction and DUI Education Class Admissible to Establish Driver’s Mens Rea

Doctrine of Estoppel by Deed does not Require Detrimental Reliance

Detrimental reliance is not a prerequisite for application of the doctrine of estoppel by deed, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided in Shedden v. Anadarko E. & P. Co., L.P..

Legislators Lack Standing to Intervene in Legal Challenge to Executive Order

State legislators lack standing to intervene in a challenge to an executive order concerning workers who provide in-home medical and personal care, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Markham v. Wolf.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:21+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Categories: Constitutional Law, Government Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Legislators Lack Standing to Intervene in Legal Challenge to Executive Order