Client Alerts

ALERT: PA Dept of State Posts Important Consumer Alert
May 29, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of State has posted an “Important Consumer Alert” on its website regarding what it calls a scam being run by Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance Company and by Corporate Records Service. In its Important Consumer Alert, the Department of State notes it is “alerting all Pennsylvania business entities to this deceptive solicitation to prevent […]

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ALERT: Avoid the Pitfalls of Letters of Intent
May 9, 2013

Clients sometimes come to me with a new transaction and often say let’s get a letter of intent put together to tie up the deal. Sometimes the parties can sketch out broad, general terms of the transaction and then work together to complete a more detailed Purchase and Sale Agreement and conclude a successful transaction. […]

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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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