Pennsylvania State Capitol. Photo credit: Zack Frank/

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that ensures Pennsylvania’s 20-year limitation on instruments under seal doesn’t expire. Currently the bill is set to end June 27.

The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin, issued a memo Nov. 17, 2017, that called for action to repeal the 2018 expiration. According to Schemel’s memo, instruments under seal are written agreements that are marked with the words “seal” or “under seal” near the signature line and makes the agreements enforceable in court for 20 years, rather than the standard four years for ordinary contracts.

Schemel noted that the statute in the Judicial Code “reveals no notable abuses or other issues of concern.”

— Victoria Hudgins, of the Law Weekly •