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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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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Be Aware of Threshold Requirements for Mismanagement and Malfeasance Claims Against Managers and Directors

Please see our Litigation Blog by Daniel P. Dwyer for more information on Mismanagement and Malfeasance claims against managers and directors. If you would like more information, please contact our office.

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Direct Relation Test Challenged in PA Supreme Court – Why Disclosure for Confession is Essential

A recent case challenging the denial of a petition to open a confessed judgment has been granted appeal by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  The case of Graystone Bank v. Grove Estates, 58 A.3d 1277, 2012 PA Super 274 (2012) has been appealed to determine the validity of the warrant of attorney which did not appear on the signature page of the agreement.

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How is the Government Shutdown Affecting Brand New Businesses?

Despite the IRS message that certain operations, including the IRS website, would remain available during the government shutdown, we have been unable to obtain Employer Identification Numbers for the last several days, either online or by phone.

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Department of State Warns Businesses of “Annual Meeting Disclosure Statement” Scam

By: Theodore F. Claypoole On March 26, 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of State issued the following press release: Department of State: Department of State warns businesses of “Annual Meeting Disclosure Statement” scam. HARRISBURG — Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele today warned Pennsylvania corporations about a bogus mailing some firms have received, leading businesses to […]

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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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West Chester Student Housing Prohibition

By: Donald C. Turner The West Chester Borough Council passed a resolution on February 15, 2012 instructing its solicitor to prepare an amendment to the West Chester Zoning Ordinance that would eliminate student homes as a permitted use in the Town Center zoning district. See: http://westchester.patch.com/articles/borough-recommends-a-stop-to-new-student-housing As a result those town center property owners who […]

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Builder Insurance and Subs

By: Denise C. Werkley A little reminder that Pennsylvania isn’t as builder friendly as some other states, at least in regards to insurance coverage. In late 2010, the Indiana courts looked at the issue of whether damage to a home caused by a subcontractor was covered under the general contractor’s standard liability insurance policy. Indiana […]

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Borrowers With Good Credit Scores May Face Higher Mortgage Fees

By: Denise C. Werkley Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that they are raising risk fees that they charge to lenders. Lenders in turn typically pass those fees on to borrowers. The first time in 12 years risk fees will jump and the impact will be felt by all, even those with excellent credit. Persons […]

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Is the real estate market turning around?

By: Denise Werkley The National Association of Realtors is reporting that December’s existing home sales rose 12.3 percent over November 2010, perhaps signifying a continuing trend toward a recovery of the real estate market. For the northeast specifically, the rise was 13.0 percent.The northeast sale numbers are still 5.4 percent below December 2009 but the […]

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Recovery Zone Bonds Available in Chester County

By: Theodore F. Claypoole The Chester County Department of Community Development has announced that, effective as of October 7, 2010, areas eligible for Recovery Zone Bond financing have been expanded to include a 1-mile radius surrounding Chester County’s 15 Boroughs and the City of Coatesville. Recovery Zone Bonds can be used for private or municipal […]

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Small Business Jobs Act Headed to President

By: Theodore F. Claypoole CNN provides a summary of the proposed $42 billion bill aimed at helping small businesses, which has been sent to the President for his signature. For more information contact Theodore F. Claypoole.

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