PA Board of Cosmetology Enacts New Regulations

Do you own a salon? Are you a licensed cosmetologist, manicurist, natual hair braider? If so, you need to be aware of the new rules and regulations enacted by the PA State Board of Cosmetology. Please contact Denise Werkley if you need further information or want to discuss how these impact you. The full text […]

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New PAR Agreement of Sale Form Available

By: Denise C. Werkley After some delay, the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors has released its new 2010 form Agreement of Sale. You can find a sample of the PAR Standard Agreement for the Sale of Real Estate on the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors website. If you have questions on the new form, please contact Denise […]

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Commonwealth Pipeline Coming to Chester County, Pennsylvania

By: William J. Burke, III Commonwealth Pipeline is looking to construct an interstate natural gas pipeline from Lycoming County that is planned to pass through several northern Chester County Townships (which may include Upper Uwchlan, East Nantmeal, Warwick, and possibly others). The timing and the route – and perhaps the pipeline itself – are uncertain, […]

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Realty Transfer Tax and Long Term Leases Update

In October 2016, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled on Saturday Family LP v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The case focused on whether the commercial lease was subject to Pennsylvania realty transfer tax. In Pennsylvania, any lease that has a term of 30 years or more is subject to Pennsylvania’s realty transfer tax. In determining the […]

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Changes to Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Law Take Effect

By: Joshua Kobylarz Pennsylvania’s mechanic’s lien law is set to undergo changes for projects valued in excess of $1.5 million. The changes seek to improve notices between participants on the job, particularly notices involving subcontractors and second tier material suppliers, and to help avoid the filing of liens. Subcontractors and other second- and lower-tier contractors […]

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Do I Really Need a Survey?

If you are buying a house, a lot, or any real estate for that matter, should you be getting a survey? The answer is probably yes.

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New HUD Guidance On Use Of Criminal Records To Evaluate Tenants, Buyers And Borrowers

By: William J. Burke The Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) has issued guidance dated April 4, 2016 addressing how improper use of criminal background information by applicants for sale, rental or financing of housing that is subject to the Fair Housing Act (“Act”) may violate the […]

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What are the potential impacts of a pipeline easement on your Pennsylvania Property?

By: Anthony T. Verwey Chester County, Pennsylvania currently has a least two active pipeline projects winding through it. The Columbia Pipeline Group’s Eastside Expansion Project which runs from West Vincent to West Bradford, and Sunoco Logistics Mariner East 2 Project running from northwest to southeast Chester County. Hundreds of Chester County residents have been or […]

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Permit Extension Act Part II: Tolling Provisions Apply To Uniform Condominium And Planned Community Acts

By: Anthony T. Verwey The amendments to the Permit Extension Act (“PEA”), Act 31 of 2015, have now specifically included condominium and planned community Declarations within the tolling provisions of the PEA … Read Full Article

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Amendment Clarifies PA’s Permit Extension ACT

By: Anthony T. Verwey Amendments to Pennsylvania’s Permit Extension Act have clarified provisions suspending the expiration dates of certain approvals obtained by developers and property owners. On July 10th Governor Wolf signed into law Act 31 of 2015 which amends Pennsylvania’s Permit Extension Act, 53 P.S. § 11703.1 et seq. The change of most interest […]

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Beer Distributors May Now Expand Inventory to Include 12-Packs

By: Theodore F. Claypoole The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board issued an “advisory opinion” on Friday, March 6, 2015, stating that distributors are permitted to sell brewed beverages by the 12-pack. Prior to this opinion, it was generally understood that distributors were only allowed to sell beer by the case or keg. The LCB has now […]

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Open-End Construction Loan Mortgage Amendment to Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law

By: Theodore F. Claypoole In response to the Pennsylvania Superior Court’s decision in Commerce Bank v. Kessler, Governor Corbett signed into law Act 117 of 2014 on July 9, 2014, which amends the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law. In Commerce Bank v. Kessler, the Superior Court held that one hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds of […]

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IRS Introduces New Form 1023-EZ

By: Theodore F. Claypoole The Internal Revenue Service has released a shorter application form for non-profit organizations applying for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3). Form 1023-EZ (Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) simplifies the process of obtaining Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Form 1023-EZ is three pages (compared […]

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