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Pa.’s Child Custody Laws for Deployed Military Parents
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

With recent legislation that was unanimously passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate and went into effect in June, SB 1167, Pennsylvania is now among the growing number of states in the nation granting extraordinary child custody rights to deployed military parents. For several years, states, including Pennsylvania, have been enacting laws in an effort to protect military parents from losing custody of their children because of their decision to serve the country. Full Text


Addressing Complex Trusts and Estates Situations
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

The practice of trusts and estates law typically entails three sets of complexities. The complexity of the law and of the financial situation of the client are well known to most business attorneys. Estates and trusts, however, add a third level of complexity: the family situation of the client. In fact, in many estate-planning situations, the emotional nuances of the family environment and the client’s wishes pose more difficult challenges than the law or the structure of the client’s business ventures and finances. Full Text


Litigation in Divorce Requires Lawyer-Accountant Interplay
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

In divorce litigation, there are the kids and the house, and while these issues are challenging, in many cases the greatest difficulty is routinely about the money — especially if the litigants have an ownership interest in a business. A successful handling of a domestic matter requires informed interplay between the lawyer and the accountant — a blending of the legal and the financial. It is essential in every case to determine what documents are needed to complete a proper marital cash-flow analysis and business valuation. Full Text


Soliciting Divorce Clients Can Be Risky in Early Stages of Cases
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

The industry norm is for lawyers to depend upon networking and marketing to get into and to stay in business. When lawyers choose to “chase” civil cases, in most instances it does not involve any potential harm to the parties. In domestic relations actions, that is not the case. Full Text


New Statute Modifies Pennsylvania Child Custody Orders
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

In January 2011, the Pennsylvania legislature passed a new statute regarding child custody. Since its passage, Pennsylvania courts have attempted to navigate its new provisions when applying it to the various custody cases that have come before them. One such case is the recent Superior Court matter of J.R.M. v. J.E.A. , 2011 Pa.Super. 263, 33 A.3d 647 (2011), which was litigated pursuant to the new Pennsylvania custody statute. Full Text


Personal Goodwill Issues in Valuation of a Small Business
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

Goodwill is also one of the more difficult assets to apportion in equitable distribution. Goodwill represents the portion of a business entity’s value that remains after accounting for the value of tangible assets and all otherwise identifiable intangible assets. Full Text


VIDEO: Legal Issues Involving Same Sex Partner Separations
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

Daniel J. Clifford, a partner in the family law practice group at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP, discusses the emerging issues involved when same sex partners decide to end their relationship. Because Pennsylvania has no same sex marriage law, partners are often faced with navigating the murky legal waters and bouncing from court to court for resolution of different issues, particularly if children are involved. In this video, Clifford discusses some of the issues involved and how same sex partners can protect themselves and their loved ones. View Video
 


VIDEO: How to Identify Assets in a Divorce Proceeding
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

Carolyn R. Mirabile, a partner in the family law practice group at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP, discusses the methods used to identify assets in a pending divorce action. Often assets are difficult to assess, and the future needs of the parties, and any children, need to be managed. In this video, Mirabile discusses how her team approaches these issues. View Video


VIDEO: Social Media and Family Law
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

Christian V. Badali, a partner in the family law practice group at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP, discusses the emerging issues involving social media and its effect on family law cases. Should you be on social media if you are going through a divorce? How can your friends on Facebook affect your custody case? In this video, Badali examines these issues. View Video


VIDEO: How Divorce Lawyers Can Prevent Divorce
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

Lynne Z Gold-Bikin, a partner in the family law practice group at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP, explains that the most important job a divorce lawyer may have is to make sure her clients don’t get divorced. In this video, she discusses the methods she has learned over her years of practice to identify couples whose marriages may be saved. View Video

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Pa.’s Child Custody Laws for Deployed Military Parents
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

With recent legislation that was unanimously passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate and went into effect in June, SB 1167, Pennsylvania is now among the growing number of states in the nation granting extraordinary child custody rights to deployed military parents. For several years, states, including Pennsylvania, have been enacting laws in an effort to protect military parents from losing custody of their children because of their decision to serve the country. Full Text


Addressing Complex Trusts and Estates Situations
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

The practice of trusts and estates law typically entails three sets of complexities. The complexity of the law and of the financial situation of the client are well known to most business attorneys. Estates and trusts, however, add a third level of complexity: the family situation of the client. In fact, in many estate-planning situations, the emotional nuances of the family environment and the client’s wishes pose more difficult challenges than the law or the structure of the client’s business ventures and finances. Full Text


Litigation in Divorce Requires Lawyer-Accountant Interplay
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

In divorce litigation, there are the kids and the house, and while these issues are challenging, in many cases the greatest difficulty is routinely about the money — especially if the litigants have an ownership interest in a business. A successful handling of a domestic matter requires informed interplay between the lawyer and the accountant — a blending of the legal and the financial. It is essential in every case to determine what documents are needed to complete a proper marital cash-flow analysis and business valuation. Full Text


Soliciting Divorce Clients Can Be Risky in Early Stages of Cases
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

The industry norm is for lawyers to depend upon networking and marketing to get into and to stay in business. When lawyers choose to “chase” civil cases, in most instances it does not involve any potential harm to the parties. In domestic relations actions, that is not the case. Full Text


New Statute Modifies Pennsylvania Child Custody Orders
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

In January 2011, the Pennsylvania legislature passed a new statute regarding child custody. Since its passage, Pennsylvania courts have attempted to navigate its new provisions when applying it to the various custody cases that have come before them. One such case is the recent Superior Court matter of J.R.M. v. J.E.A. , 2011 Pa.Super. 263 , 33 A.3d 647 ( 2011 ) , which was litigated pursuant to the new Pennsylvania custody statute. Full Text


Personal Goodwill Issues in Valuation of a Small Business
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

Goodwill is also one of the more difficult assets to apportion in equitable distribution. Goodwill represents the portion of a business entity’s value that remains after accounting for the value of tangible assets and all otherwise identifiable intangible assets. Full Text


VIDEO: Legal Issues Involving Same Sex Partner Separations
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

Daniel J. Clifford, a partner in the family law practice group at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP , discusses the emerging issues involved when same sex partners decide to end their relationship. Because Pennsylvania has no same sex marriage law, partners are often faced with navigating the murky legal waters and bouncing from court to court for resolution of different issues, particularly if children are involved. In this video, Clifford discusses some of the issues involved and how same sex partners can protect themselves and their loved ones. View Video
 


VIDEO: How to Identify Assets in a Divorce Proceeding
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

Carolyn R. Mirabile, a partner in the family law practice group at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP , discusses the methods used to identify assets in a pending divorce action. Often assets are difficult to assess, and the future needs of the parties, and any children, need to be managed. In this video, Mirabile discusses how her team approaches these issues. View Video


VIDEO: Social Media and Family Law
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

Christian V. Badali, a partner in the family law practice group at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP , discusses the emerging issues involving social media and its effect on family law cases. Should you be on social media if you are going through a divorce? How can your friends on Facebook affect your custody case? In this video, Badali examines these issues. View Video


VIDEO: How Divorce Lawyers Can Prevent Divorce
The Legal Intelligencer
July 17, 2012

Lynne Z Gold-Bikin, a partner in the family law practice group at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP , explains that the most important job a divorce lawyer may have is to make sure her clients don’t get divorced. In this video, she discusses the methods she has learned over her years of practice to identify couples whose marriages may be saved. View Video