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Sexual Assault Alone Does Not Establish Standing in Protection from Abuse Cases

In the recent case of Scott v. Shay, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that a victim of a sexual assault who is not a family or household member as defined under the Protection From Abuse Act does not attain standing under the act by virtue of the sexual assault itself. The pertinent facts in Scott are as follows: "At some point in the 1980s, wh...

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The Obermayer Advisor Estate Planning - October 2007
BEWARE OF SCAMS

We hope all of our clients are aware of the proliferation of scams and just how creative and sophisticated they have become. We are hearing from a growing number of clients about this and even some lawyers in our firm have received emails from scammers.

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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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The Obermayer Advisor Estate Planning - December 2006
ESTATE PLANNING AND TAX DEVELOPMENTS

This newsletter will provide an overview of recent tax planning developments for your consideration. Please call us for further information on any of these topics.

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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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