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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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Read Your Title Report!

Whether you are buying a home, a lot on which you hope to build your dream home, an investment property, or land that you hope to develop, the quality of title is probably the most important – and often the most misunderstood and overlooked – aspect of the transaction.

Everyone knows they should get “clear …

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Under Pennsylvania’s New Mortgage Loan Licensing and Consumer Protection Law, Builders can no Longer Provide Seller Financing to New Buyers

In November of 2008 Pennsylvania’s new Mortgage Loan Industry Licensing and Consumer Protection Law went into effect (“Mortgage Lender Law”). The law was subsequently amended. Those amendments went into effect August 2009. The new Mortgage Lender Law is intended to provide better government control over mortgage lending practices. The law requires that, in almost every …

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Can you Protect your Claim in Bankruptcy?

Not all debts are dischargeable in bankruptcy.  The key is to know which claims can be exempted from discharge and then what steps you, as a creditor, need to take to preserve your non-dischargeable claim.

First – Determine if your Claim is Secured or Unsecured:

First it is important to know if your claim is …

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My Customer is Bankrupt and the Trustee is trying to take my money!

Most business owners have experienced a client going through bankruptcy.  If a client goes into bankruptcy and still owes you money, then you usually accept the loss and move on.  However, in some cases Creditors actually get sued for the return of money by the Trustee.  They don’t understand how this can happen; because they …

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How to Choose Between an LLC and S-Corp

By: Transactional Department

There are substantial liability protections and other benefits to operating the business through a separate entity, rather than as a sole proprietor or general partnership.  Two of the most popular entities for small businesses are limited liability companies (“LLC”) and subchapter S corporations (“S-Corp”).  Either entity can provide liability protections for …

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