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Court Orders Attorney Fees in Child Custody Contempt Case

The recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case of Hopkins v. Byes reiterates that it may be appropriate for a trial court to order attorney fees against a party found in contempt for failing to follow a child custody order. Hopkins v. Byes is a custody case that arose in Erie County, Pa. The relevant facts of the case are as follows: Sonya Byes and Jo...

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Mandatory Wellness Programs: Considerations for Avoiding Legal Pitfalls While Ensuring Organizational Health

THE CORPORATE COUNSELOR, 2008 Most employees typically spend more than half of their waking hours at work. Unsurprisingly, work culture can have a serious impact on their health. As a result, many companies have designed wellness programs to promote a healthier work environment and prevent and manage diseases in an effort to maintain employee heal...

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Court Enforces Rules for In Camera Interviews with Children

The recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case of Hopkins v. Byes reiterates that it may be appropriate for a trial court to order attorney fees against a party found in contempt for failing to follow a child custody order. Hopkins v. Byes is a custody case that arose in Erie County, Pa. The relevant facts of the case are as follows: Sonya Byes and Jo...

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The Death of Secret Ballot Elections

Click on the link to read the article.  The Death of Secret Ballot Elections?

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Unincorporated Divorce Property Settlement Agreement Enforceable

The Pennsylvania Superior Court case of Annechino v. Joire provided a reminder and clarification to family law practitioners regarding the enforceability of property settlement agreements. Donna Annechino and Kenneth Joire entered into a property settlement agreement May 15, 2001. On Aug. 2, 2001, a divorce decree was entered, divorcing the partie...

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The Obermayer Advisor Estate Planning - Summer 2008
ESTATE PLANNING: THE BASICS

As with so many new and worthwhile projects, the first step in estate planning is overcoming inertia: One must pick up the telephone to arrange a meeting, usually with a lawyer, to discuss asset and family information, one’s desires and the appropriate members of the estate planning team. The team may include an accountant, broker, financial planner, life insurance broker and trust officer. Regardless of the sophistication of the ultimate program, the initial phase usually concludes with signing three basic legal documents and a set of personalized instructions.

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Entering The U.S. Market: Opportunities And Risks

With a weak dollar and many strong foreign currencies, investors from around the globe (both individuals and institutional) are interested in taking a look at the U.S. market. After all, the U.S. market is still one of the largest and most homogeneous markets in the world. It is composed of an ever consuming public, speaking a single language, and...

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The Obermayer Advisor Employment Alert - Spring 2008

Inside this issue:

WHAT’S COOKING IN CONGRESS: THE TIMES (AND LAWS) ARE A-CHANGIN’

Sex, Surgery & Stereotypes

Obermayer’s Wining Ways

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Statute Requires Collection of Child Support Arrears From Injury Settlement

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently addressed the application of the relatively new Domestic Relations Statute 23 Pa.C.S.A. Section 4308.1 pertaining to "Collection of Overdue Support for Monetary Awards," in the case of Faust v. Walker. Interestingly, the appellant in this case was the domestic relations office of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas.

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Precedent-Setting New Jersey Appellate Court Decision Authorizes Plaintiffs'

In a precedent-setting case decided and released for publication on May 16, 2008, the New Jersey Appellate Division carved out an exception to New Jersey's general adherence to the American Rule that parties should bear their own attorneys' fees.  The Court also, for the first time, expressly recognized as the law of New Jersey § 914(2) o...

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