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John* recently filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years. They have 2 children together. He originally came to me concerned that he and his wife had become both emotionally and physically distant from one another. He complained his wife obsessed over her new Facebook...
Facebook currently has over 350 million users, making it the most popular social networking site in the world. It has allowed millions of people to reconnect after many years and provides a means of making new friends. However, for those involved in a personal injury case, your facebook postings...
Most family-owned business owners put off their succession planning because they don’t want to think about their retirement, disability or death, however, business succession planning should be a priority in every family owned business. A family owned business owner’s decision to...
A Power of Attorney allows you to designate another person to act on your behalf to handle financial, medical, or legal matters in the event that you are unable to do so, or unavailable. The person that is so designated is referred to as your “attorney-in-fact”. There are...
Often times I find that clients are unnecessarily apprehensive or nervous about their depositions. I like to tell clients that the first step in overcoming this apprehension is to develop a clear understanding of what a deposition actually is. A deposition represents opposing counsel’s...
Ok, so Arnold fathers a child with his maid, Mildred Baena. Arnold is married and, at the time, Baena was married. The child is now around 14 years old and Baena is now divorced. So who pays child support: Arnold or Baena’s ex-husband? If this happened in Pennsylvania, it could be...
Should a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit be required to provide user names and passwords for their social network sites on MySpace and Facebook? Under Pennsylvania law, the answer appears to be YES. In the matter of Bill R. McMillen, Sr. v. Hummingbird Speedway, Inc., Louie Caltagarone, Dave...
Social Host Liability: Expanded to include providing alcohol and drugs to a minor as a violation of the Controlled Substances Act
Courts have long held that an adult who serves or furnishes alcohol to a minor is liable for an accident caused by the intoxicated minor. This is called Social Host Liability. In this setting, the adult is responsible for injuries to the minor and/or for injuries suffered by another individual as a...
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has Powers to Declare Trucking Companies "Imminent Hazard to the Public"
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has the ability to declare transportation companies and trucking companies as imminent hazards to public safety and order trucking companies to immediately cease operations and provision of services....
Kristyn Testa, a Legal Secretary in Stark & Stark's Lawrenceville, New Jersey office, underwent surgery this past October to donate her kidney to her brother, Michael. Michael was suffering from kidney failure and had been on dialysis for the past two years. On Sunday April 15th...