Client Alerts

A Mineral by Any Other Name is Not Natural Gas
April 29, 2013

As many predicted, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate, has decided there is no need for scientific evidence to determine whether shale and the natural gas contained within it fall under the definition of “minerals” for the purposes of interpreting deed reservations. Relying upon the Dunham Rule, named after the 1882 […]

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EMPLOYMENT ALERT: Revised I-9 Form
April 24, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has revised the Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. All employers must use the new I-9 starting no later than May 7, 2013. Employers who fail to use the proper I-9 can be fined as much as $1,100.00 per incorrect form. The new I-9 form and information pertaining to […]

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ALERT: Estate Planning in 2013 and Beyond
March 7, 2013

On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a new tax law that contains a “permanent” estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax exemption, keeping intact the $5 million dollar exemption that was introduced in 2011. The exemption for estate, gift and GST taxes starts at $5 million dollars and is indexed for inflation. In 2013, an […]

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ELDER LAW ALERT: Can “THEY” Take My Home?
January 29, 2013

Written by Susan E. Piette Can “THEY” take my home if I have to go to a skilled nursing care facility? Can I give my home to my child(ren) now so “THEY” will not be able to take it later? What about giving away my other assets? What will be the result be if I […]

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ALERT: To Disclose or Not – That is the Question
January 16, 2013

You may recall that not long ago, we wrote about the case of Milliken v. Jacono, wherein a panel of the Superior Court held that a jury should decide whether the seller of a home had a duty to disclose to the buyer that a murder-suicide had occurred in it. On reargument, however, a divided […]

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