Do You Need to Expand Your Customer Base?

By: Denise C. Werkley If you have a product or service consider expanding your targeted customer to municipalities or institutions. Many organizations need products and services, possibly what you are selling, and their purchasing departments are looking for additional suppliers. Some use a bidding process and others have approved lists. You should start with a […]

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Simple Rules for Small Business (Part 2)

By: William J. Burke, III This is our second installment in the series Simple Rules for Small Business. > You are the Expert. > Don’t Sell Them What They Can’t Afford. > Hire Good People; and Train, Train, Train. > Understanding Factors in Litigation. > Emails. > Do the Right Thing. > So, You Made […]

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Simple Rules for Small Business (Part 1)

By: William J. Burke, III Introduction As business lawyers and litigators we see how business legal problems arise and play out in many varied contexts. We see how business operational issues result in legal disputes, which can then become serious financial problems. In many cases, the risk, expense and valuable management time spent resolving business […]

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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

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 and material suppliers […]

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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?

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 will be approached with […]

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

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

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 to developers/property owners …. […]

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