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Supplemental Needs Trust is Considered Income in Child-Support Case

In the recent case of Mencer v. Ruch, the Superior Court held that the income from a supplemental needs trust created pursuant to New York state law from the proceeds of a personal injury action should be considered income for child support purposes. Mencer, mother of Elizabeth (born Feb. 18, 2003), filed a support action on April 3, 2003, against ...

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First Impression: Bifurcation Under the Amended Divorce Code

The case of Bonawits v. Bonawits marks the first time the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has been faced with a bifurcation action under the amended Pennsylvania Divorce Code. A "bifurcation" or "bifurcated divorce" occurs when a trial court enters a decree of divorce or annulment prior to the final determination of property rights and interests bet...

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Who Cares About Health Care? The Newly Created Role of the Patient Care Ombudsman

Who Cares About Health Care? The Newly Created Role of the Patient Care Ombudsman by D. Alexander Barnes was published March 3, 2007 in the Bankruptcy Supplement of the Pennsylvania Law Weekly and the Legal Intelligencer.  To read the article click on the title below. Who Cares About Health Care? The Newly Created Role of the Patient Care Omb...

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Superior Court Denies In-State Child-Relocation Request

The recent Superior Court case of Masser v. Miller is an interesting case because it covers a number of issues, such as the denial of an intrastate relocation petition, the weight to be given to custody evaluations and the court's power to modify a custody schedule sua sponte. In Pennsylvania, since the seminal case of Gruber v. Gruber, family law ...

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Piecing It All Together: The Amendment to the Federal Trademark Counterfeiting Act Prevents Circumvention through Component Parts

 

 

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Significant Changes in Pennsylvania's Mechanic's Lien Law

Significant changes in Pennsylvania's Mechanic's Lien Law will become effective on January 1, 2007.  Paul N. Allen has prepared an outline summarizing the most significant changes from a property owner's perspective. Click on the title below to read this important information. Click here to read.  Significant Changes in Pennsylvania'...

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Superior Court Says No to Netherlands Child Relocation Request

The recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case of Fuehrer v. Fuehrer reminds the family law practitioner of the importance of an expert and a custody evaluation/assessment in relocation cases. In this case, the Superior Court vacated the trial court’s order granting mother’s petition to relocate from Westmoreland County, Pa., to the Nether...

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Terminate: A Disabled Employee Under the "Direct Threat" Exception to the ADA

This article by Michael Pepperman and Thomas Hearn was published in the May/June 2006 issue of the Mid-Atlantic Builder. To read the article click on the title below. TERMINATE - A Disabled Employee under the "Direct Threat" Exception to the ADA  

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Best Interest of Child Paramount in Denial Of Relocation Petition

The recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case of Speck v. Spadafore reiterates that in a child-custody relocation case the best interest of the child is paramount. The Superior Court vacated the trial court's order granting the mother's petition to relocate from York County, near Harrisburg, to Butler County, near Pittsburgh. In Speck, the parties, C...

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Avoiding ADA Lawsuits And Keeping Workers Safe

This article by Michael Pepperman and Thomas Hearn was published in the April 2006 issue of the Construction Executive. To read the article click on the title below. Avoiding ADA Lawsuits And Keeping Workers Safe   The information contained in this publication should not be construed as legal advice, is not a substitute for legal ...

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