In a typical child custody arrangement in Pennsylvania, one parent will have primary physical custody while the other parent will have partial custody (which is sometimes called visitation). There are also shared custody arrangements in which children spend approximately 50 percent of their time with each parent. If a child custody arrangement cannot be resolved through negotiations between the two parents and their respective attorneys, there will be a court hearing.

At Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, we firmly believe that the best interests of the child are served by resolving disputes through negotiations. However, in those situations where the search for common ground is not successful, our lawyers will take an aggressive stance in advocating on behalf of our clients.

Child custody in Pennsylvania is based on the best interests of the child or children. The family court will look at a constellation of criteria such as who is currently the primary care giver, the parents’ work habits, and finances. The children and the parents will be assessed by psychologists. Child custody battles can also involve private investigators, videotaping, and testimonials about conduct and behavior of the parties. Our attorneys are experienced in gathering all the evidence we need to support your child custody case. We also have access to experts who can testify on your behalf.

Our law firm has been handling child custody cases in Montgomery county and eastern Pennsylvania for over 35 years. Our custody attorneys are known and respected among family court judges and domestic masters (who are attorneys appointed by the court to handle family law cases). Our reputation is that of lawyers who know the law, use ethical boundaries, and serve as effective advocates for our clients’ rights.

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The divorce lawyers at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin guide individuals in eastern Pennsylvania through the divorce process and the financial and child custody issues that go along with it.

At HRMM&L, we firmly believe that the interests of all parties are usually best served through a negotiated settlement. However, in those situations where the search for common ground is not successful, our law firm will take an aggressive stance in advocating on behalf of our clients.

Our attorneys can efficiently handle amicable or non-contested divorces where the parties do not want to use an attorney to contest issues, but simply to obtain the divorce decree and distribute their marital property in accordance with Pennsylvania law.

Our attorneys are prepared to handle non-contested divorces, as well as any issue that may arise during divorce, including protection orders from abuse and child custody contests. Distribution of property can be complicated when there are significant assets such as businesses involved. In these cases, our lawyers use forensic accountants who can both identify assets and get at those assets to distribute them equitably.

Anyone going through a divorce needs a lawyer with enough experience to guide and counsel them about their rights and what they are able to achieve. Our law firm has been handling divorce cases in Montgomery county and eastern Pennsylvania for over 35 years. Our lawyers are known and respected among family court judges and domestic masters (who are attorneys appointed by the court to handle family law cases). Our reputation is that of lawyers who know the law, use ethical boundaries, and serve as effective advocates for our clients’ rights.

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The preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, living wills, and durable powers of attorney are important at all stages of life. However, as you get older, good financial and medical planning is a must. The elder law attorneys of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin can help.

Our elder law services are tailored to the assets and families of our clients in eastern Pennsylvania. Some of our clients want us to protect their assets from nursing home and long-term care expenses. Through the use of special-needs trusts and Medicaid-planning our lawyers can do this. We can guide you through the process and explain the law so it is not a mystery. We can put plans into motion now so that your estate will be protected at the time you or your spouse needs assisted living or nursing home care.

Durable powers of attorney have added importance when you are older. If a stroke or other medical condition leaves you incapacitated, you want to have a legal document in place that names a trusted person as your agent who can pay bills and make financial decisions. Without a durable power of attorney, your family members would have to go through the time and expense of a guardianship proceeding to be able to manage your business affairs.

If you don’t have an advance medical directive or living will, you should create one to tell family members and medical care providers what steps you want taken to preserve your life if you are in an end-of-life condition with no hope of recovery. Making your own decisions now can prevent disputes. When you create an advance medical directive, it’s important to share your decisions with family members to reduce the chances that there will be a dispute later.

Updating your will or trust can save your beneficiaries the time and expense of a probate proceeding, reduce or eliminate estate taxes, and keep your family’s financial affairs private.

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Maintaining a broad perspective is the hallmark of the tax and estate-planning group at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin. It is a perspective that has preserved the assets of individuals, allowed businesses to move forward with development plans, and enabled our clients to enjoy higher standards of living and a better quality of life.

Among the many areas in which the firm can be of service are the development of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, tax planning, succession planning, estate planning, estate administration, preparation of living wills and durable powers of attorney as well as all of the various components which fall under the domain of elder law.

Some of the basic estate planning documents we create for clients include:

The transfer of your estate at death is only one of the functions of a will or trust. They can also be used to protect your estate from a large estate tax liability and to plan for the care of your children should you unexpectedly pass away before they reach adulthood. As the tax laws are constantly changing and becoming more complex, it is essential that you have proper guidance in planning for your future and your family’s future.

Contact HRMM&L to set up an appointment.

Maintaining a broad perspective is the hallmark of the tax and estate-planning group at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin. It is a perspective that has preserved the assets of individuals, allowed businesses to move forward with development plans, and enabled our clients to enjoy higher standards of living and a better quality of life.

Some of the basic estate planning documents we create for clients include:

The transfer of your estate at death is only one of the functions of a will or trust. They can also be used to protect your estate from a large estate tax liability and to plan for the care of your children should you unexpectedly pass away before they reach adulthood. As the tax laws are constantly changing and becoming more complex, it is essential that you have proper guidance in planning for your future and your family’s future.

Contact HRMM&L to set up an appointment.

To be chosen as the executor of a family member’s estate is both an honor and an important responsibility. Carrying out the final wishes of a deceased person in accordance with Pennsylvania law is a painstaking task that can lead to lawsuits from heirs who are not happy with the process. The probate and estate administration attorneys of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin can serve as your guide throughout the process.

Probate is the process both of having a will declared valid and of distributing assets to the named beneficiaries. If there is no will, then the assets are distributed to the deceased person’s legal heirs in accordance with Pennsylvania law.

Some of the steps that need to be taken during the probate and administration process include:

Not all assets have to go through probate. Life insurance policies, 401 (k) accounts, and investment accounts where the deceased person named a beneficiary can pass directly to the beneficiaries. Property contained in trust will pass directly to the person named as the successor trustee.

Probate Litigation
HRMM&L lawyers regularly monitor the probate process for the benefit of heirs and, if necessary, getting involved in will contests. We also defend executors in will contests.

Contact HRMM&L to set up an appointment.

Maintaining a broad perspective is the hallmark of the tax and estate-planning group at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin. It is a perspective that has preserved the assets of individuals, allowed businesses to move forward with development plans, and enabled our clients to enjoy higher standards of living and a better quality of life.

Among the many areas in which the firm can be of service are the development of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, tax planning, succession planning, estate planning, estate administration, preparation of living wills and durable powers of attorney as well as all of the various components which fall under the domain of elder law.

Some of the basic estate planning documents we create for clients include:

The transfer of your estate at death is only one of the functions of a will or trust. They can also be used to protect your estate from a large estate tax liability and to plan for the care of your children should you unexpectedly pass away before they reach adulthood. As the tax laws are constantly changing and becoming more complex, it is essential that you have proper guidance in planning for your future and your family’s future.

Contact HRMM&L to set up an appointment.

Maintaining a broad perspective is the hallmark of the tax and estate-planning group at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin. It is a perspective that has preserved the assets of individuals, allowed businesses to move forward with development plans, and enabled our clients to enjoy higher standards of living and a better quality of life.

Among the many areas in which the firm can be of service are the development of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, tax planning, succession planning, estate planning, estate administration, preparation of living wills and durable powers of attorney as well as all of the various components which fall under the domain of elder law.

Some of the basic estate planning documents we create for clients include:

The transfer of your estate at death is only one of the functions of a will or trust. They can also be used to protect your estate from a large estate tax liability and to plan for the care of your children should you unexpectedly pass away before they reach adulthood. As the tax laws are constantly changing and becoming more complex, it is essential that you have proper guidance in planning for your future and your family’s future.

Contact HRMM&L to set up an appointment.

We have significant experience with estate and trust litigation. We represent clients in disputes that can take a variety of forms. Some common types of cases that we handle are:

In Pennsylvania these types of cases are generally litigated in the county Orphans’ Court. Orphans’ Court is also the forum for undisputed proceedings such as the settlement of accountings filed by executors or trustees.

Not all estate and trust disputes have to end up in litigation. We first aim to settle cases in an amicable and cost effective way, and usually we succeed. However, if a resolution cannot be reached outside of the Orphans’ Court, we are prepared to vigorously represent our clients through litigation.

Whether our clients’ interests lie in the purchase/sale of real estate, acquisition/construction financing, zoning and land use, environmental concerns, leases, easements, sub-division and land development, tax assessments, eminent domain, quiet title actions, or the formation and management of condominium/homeowners’ associations, Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin can bring to bear the skill, knowledge and talent of some of the most respected and high-powered real estate attorneys in Pennsylvania.

Our real estate department is co-chaired by Ed Mullin and Carl Weiner, who are considered two of the most preeminent real estate attorneys throughout Pennsylvania. As but one example of his stature, Ed was appointed by the Joint State Government Commission of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly to chair a committee comprised of judges, law professors and lawyers for purposes of reviewing Pennsylvania’s real estate laws and rewriting those in need of updating and eliminating those no longer needed. Carl has addressed members of the Urban Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a delegate from the Community Associations Institute’s Legislative Action Committee. In fact, many of the real estate attorneys at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin lecture on new legal developments in real estate to fellow attorneys at the Pennsylvania Real Estate Institute’s annual conference in Philadelphia.