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Analysis of Child Custody Factors in Awards on Subsidiary Issues

In the years following the enactment of the new Child Custody Act in Pennsylvania, attorneys and the bench set sail on uncharted waters. Family law attorneys waited anxiously to read appellate court decisions published following the enactment of the act for guidance as to its interpretation and application. It has been an interesting journey since ...

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Handling an Appeal in a 'Case in a Box'

Recently, one of my colleagues came into my office and asked me to step in for him on a case he was appealing. As the lawyer in our office with an appellate emphasis, I usually get consulted and pitch in when a case gets appealed, but this time he asked me to take over the entire file. The case was appealed, docketed, briefed and scheduled for oral...

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Spring Cleaning: Time for Employers To Freshen-Up Job Descriptions

Tiffani McDonough's blog post on HR Legalist, "Spring Cleaning: Time for Employers To Freshen-Up Job Descriptions," was published by Today's General Counsel. Click here to read the full article.

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Liability Claims Costs Too High? The Control of Insurance and Litigation Costs

Tricia Swann and Lars Lederer have authored, "Liability Claims Costs Too High? The Control of Insurance and Litigation," in the Insurance Coverage Law Report. Please click here to read the article.

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LXBN Leaders: for HR Legalist’s Tiffani McDonough, Blogging Isn’t Free Legal Advice, but Building a Dialogue

Tiffani McDonough was interviewed by LXBN on the firm's HR Legalist Blog. Click here for the full interview.

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Forced Sex During Marriage Warrants PFA Order, Court Rules

In Pennsylvania, the Protection From Abuse Act exists to prevent and protect  individuals from abuse. The Protection From Abuse Act is commonly referred to as  the PFA Act. Orders obtained under the PFA Act are regularly referred to as PFAs  and/or PFA orders. "Abuse" is defined, in part, under the PFA Act as follows: "The occurrenc...

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Requesting a Doctor’s Note for Each Intermittent FMLA Absence?

Tiffani McDonough's blog post was republished by The Society for Human Resource Management. Click here to read the full article.

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Client-Related Skills for Young Attorneys to Master

As a young attorney, you've probably received advice to develop your legal  skills, establish a reputation for professionalism and submit quality written  work product. These are the building blocks of any successful law practice.  However, in private practice, you ideally want to generate demand for your  services with existing...

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Tips for Finding a Niche and Making a Name in Your Firm

Every young associate is eager to hit the ground running and become a  valuable contributor to his or her firm. Attorneys in the early stages of their  careers hope to be included in new cases, projects or meetings with prospective  clients. Excitement about being involved in client meetings, negotiations and  strategy sessions ...

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Monthly Disability Payments Not Considered Marital Property

In 2011, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided the case of Focht v.  Focht, 32 A.3d 668 (Pa. 2011), which resolved prior conflicting case law on  the issue of whether an award or settlement proceeds from a personal injury  claim, lottery winnings, or workers' compensation that arose during marriage but  received after separatio...

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