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One Pennsylvania town just joined the real estate business

Some of the most complex laws in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country involve the sale and use of land. It is often easy to tell in a criminal case or civil lawsuit involving injury if a defendant could be accused of a crime, but some developers have ended up on the wrong side of the law without even knowing it.

Even when a sale or transfer of a property goes well, there is never a guarantee of success with an investment in real estate. One borough in the Keystone State is taking a risk by taking over some properties previously owned and operated by a local foundation.

Estate planning requires careful work from the beginning

People make a lot of important decisions in their lives, and many are content to let others take over as they age into new interests and new abilities. Although someone may not consider their last wishes as the most important they will make, those choices are often among the most important for future generations.

A lot of estate planning comes down to comparative advantage. What does a person want to accomplish with their estate? Is it security for their children, or is it keeping a beloved organization running? This is why some estate planning professionals have begun to use the term "legacy planning," so people take their final contributions seriously.

How are the child's best interests considered?

It's not easy to be a parent. Unless it makes individuals happier and more likely to be focus on parental duties, divorce does not help. The process is difficult on the emotions of children and adults alike, and the laws that govern children's fates can be complicated.

What are the issues that need to be decided during divorce?

Don't let simple mistakes undo your estate planning efforts

Pennsylvania readers know that estate planning is a smart step for every adult, regardless of income level, health status and other factors. Every person has the right to have a say over what happens to his or her stuff as well as the right to have a say over certain medical care decisions in case of incapacitation. A good estate plan can cover these issues and give a person peace of mind. 

However, people often commit mistakes with their estate plans, and sometimes they never realize it. Unfortunately, mistakes with estate plans often come to light when it is time to settle an estate. You can make sure your beneficiaries and loved ones never experience difficulties because of issues with your will or other documents by taking the time to make sure you have everything in place and no adjustments are needed.

Loss of consortium case complicates divorce

It is usually a good deal of passion that sparks the love that becomes a marriage, and passion can make people feel a little out of control. That same loss of control can turn marriage into a nightmare if one spouse has decided the time has come to end it.

Divorce, like the bonds of matrimony, is a legal process that changes a person's legal state. Many other legal issues can be affected by divorce, such as the separation of people's finances and obligations. And, if people are engaged in legal proceedings at the time of or just after their divorce, complications can arise.

Car chase leads to 3 injuries in Pennsylvania

Although they are not unreasonably common, car accidents are a fact of life in Pennsylvania. Some collisions are minor, sometimes called fender benders, and the only real consequences are a call to the insurance agent and a trip to the body shop. But a few crashes in the Keystone State have greater effect on the people in or around the vehicles involved.

A lawsuit in civil court for financial damages may be warranted when a driver has caused a collision. This may be because one did something he or she should not have done, like use a cellphone while driving, or one did not do something they should have done, like yield at a stop sign.

Wrongful death case against ambulance company settled

It is always difficult to get over a serious injury. It is even harder to get past the loss of a loved one. Although money can never make things right, it can help families reset their future and possibly prevent systemic causes of injury or death from affecting more people.

In some cases, the people and systems meant to help us in our hardest moments can let us down due to negligence or other problems. A woman who sued an ambulance company in Philadelphia has settled her case. She claimed that the company's staff caused her father to suffer a fatal injury.

Homestead laws offer some protection for homeowners

A sudden financial failure can leave a household without the ability to pay for itself. A foreclosure can take a property away and give it back to a lender. However it happens, there is little comfort for homeowners who are faced with the loss of the home.

One of the few protections in the case of foreclosure or other financial loss is homestead laws. These laws often let homeowners set aside a portion of their property as a homestead. This allows them to protect their equity as well as their living space from specific demands by creditors.

Facing a new reality after a loved one's frontal lobe injury

As much as medical knowledge has advanced in recent years, doctors and researchers are only beginning to understand the complexities of the brain. This is one reason why a traumatic brain injury can be such a frightening and upsetting diagnosis. While any damage to the brain carries an element of the unknown, if your family member has suffered an injury to the frontal lobe, you may have many questions about what to expect.

Damage to your loved one's frontal lobe can mean drastic changes within your family. You will want to be sure you surround yourself with skilled and compassionate people who can support and guide you through the many challenges ahead, including the medical, emotional, financial and legal needs you and your family member may face.

State taxation on inheritance should prompt financial planning

Wills make enough sense to people with families or causes they want to support beyond their own lives. These important legal documents direct authorities on how a person's assets and resources are divided after death, as well as save time and effort in probate court with potential disputes between inheritors.

Estate taxation has become an issue for fewer people after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which doubled many exemptions to federal taxation. This left estate planners working with larger values to contend only with state laws and requirements.

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