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Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Launches New Website

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees is pleased to announce that it has completed an extensive redesign of its website, www.utbf.com. The goal of the redesign is to enhance the site’s functionality, ease of use, and appearance for clients and the general public.

The new website features a responsive design which will adapt to fit any …

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Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Names New Partners

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees is pleased to announce the naming of two new partners, Amanda J. Sundquist and Christopher L. Turner, and the promotion of Denise Werkley to shareholder.

Amanda J. Sundquist has been with the firm since 2006 and is a valued and respected member of the firm’s Municipal and School Law Practice. …

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Kim Venzie Tours Lanchester Landfill With Chester County Commissioner

Kim Venzie recently accompanied newly appointed Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline on a tour of the Lanchester Landfill with Executive Director Robert A. Watts. Ms. Venzie serves on the Chester County Solid Waste Authority Board which oversees the landfill located on a 600 acre property above Honey Brook. The facility serves 49 Chester County municipalities.

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Corporate Law

FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS

Family limited partnerships are being used by many people in their estate planning as a method by which a senior generation can give away income producing property which has a likelihood of appreciation and yet control distribution and cash flow from the assets. When the family limited partnership technique is …

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Estate Administration

FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS

Q: I established a living trust for my benefit and my wife’s benefit during our lifetimes. Can I transfer our real estate into this trust without incurring a realty transfer tax?

A: This questions hits upon a very problematic area of trust planning. Many people in recent years have begun using …

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How long does probate take?

The length of the probate process in Pennsylvania (PA) or other states varies greatly from estate to estate. The determining factors include the assets involved in the estate, the experience of the Executor/Administrator and counsel and the ease in dealing with the beneficiaries. Contrary to common belief, the process is rarely impacted by the actual …

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Disappearing Coverage for Mechanics Liens

Purchasers of newly constructed or renovated residential or commercial properties, as well their lenders, must more cautious about mechanics lien issues than in the past.

As a result of the economic recession (prompting concerns about contractors’ solvency) as well as amendments to Pennsylvania’s Mechanics Lien Law that broadened mechanics lien rights in significant ways, and …

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Surveying the Situation

By: William J. Burke, III

You are about to sign an agreement to buy a home, a building lot in the country on which you plan to build your dream home, or maybe an investment property. Should you obtain a survey as part of your “due diligence”?

Professional developers almost always obtain a new survey …

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