January 20, 2016

Sitting down to draft a will is not something people generally enjoy. It's easier to ignore or put off for another day. The problem is, depending on your circumstances your death without a will could become a nightmare for your family. Or, everything you've earned over...

August 18, 2015

When two or more parties are exercising shared physical custody of a child (or multiple children) and the primary custodian wants to move away with the child, there is a specific legal process that must be followed. A party with partial physical custody does not file a...

August 7, 2015

There are very few actions a court can take that have a larger bearing on a person's fundamental rights than terminating that person's legal right to parent a child. Involuntary termination of parental rights means that the court is entering an order stating that a per...

February 7, 2015

No matter who calls off an engagement, a huge issue afterwards is always the status of the engagement ring. The giver wants it back, the receiver often wants to keep it or sell it; who technically owns it?


The courts in Pennsylvania have ruled that until a marriage tak...

July 2, 2014

Beginning January 1, 2015, powers of attorney in the state of Pennsylvania will require two witnesses and notarization. Any power of attorney signed prior to January 1, 2015 will not need to meet these requirements, and there is no need to sign new ones simply to meet...

February 11, 2014

It's important to understand the basic procedure when a new custody case starts. If you understand the steps, it's not as unreasonable when you realize that you may have to go to court more than once. *This only applies in Luzerne County, as other counties have other r...

February 5, 2014

When it comes to child custody, an understanding of the terms being used is helful, and can also prevent misunderstandings that take away from a reasonable resolution to your case. Sometimes agreements fail because one of the parties has a misunderstanding about what o...

February 1, 2011


Some significant changes were made to the Pennsylvania Child Custody laws on January 24, 2011. While the standard used by the court remains the "best interests of the child," the analysis of that standard was modified. The court will examine 16 factors in making its d...

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