Legal Perspectives

Attorneys at the law firm Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C. provide a variety of posts on legal issues affecting the business community.

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“Let’s Blow This Popsicle Stand”- Relocation in Custody Cases

People move. It’s part of life. Sometimes people want a new house. Sometimes people want a new neighborhood. Sometimes people just want change. Whatever the reason, it is rare that people stay in the same house the entire time their children are young. With an intact family, there are fewer problems that arise with a move. When a family is divided, moving can end up costing both parties a lot of time, headache and money, including court battles. However, when custody of children is contested, the courts will not get involved with every move.

Buyer Beware: A Developer’s Duties in Planned Communities

For most people, their home is their largest asset and biggest investment. Many homebuyers assume that buying a brand-new house in a new community means less surprise issues than perhaps that 100-year-old farmhouse. Unfortunately, many buyers’ “house fever” overshadows conscientious due diligence in the home buying process. Issues which should be readily apparent may be overlooked in the rush to close, and later morph into buyer’s regret once the dust settles and the boxes are moved in. What’s a buyer to do?

Big Changes To Workers’ Compensation Subrogation

On June 19, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a decision which significantly changed the landscape of the interaction between personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.  Personal injury attorneys and injured workers should know about the decision and its implications.

“What am I supposed to do now?” Practical Advice for Family after the Death of a Loved One

When a family member or someone you are close to passes away, you are going to feel intense grief, confusion, loss, isolation, and perhaps even anger. While you are wrestling with these emotions, you are expected to know what to do and keep a level head about yourself. If you are like most people, you have no idea what do next.

I have received numerous phone calls over the years from grieving individuals who literally just saw their parent or spouse die moments before they called me, desperately seeking the answer to one simple question: “What am I supposed to do now?”

Executive Employment Agreements

Most employees in Pennsylvania work without any type of written contract governing the terms of their employment. A fair portion, however, including many teachers, police officers, and skilled laborers, work pursuant to union contracts.

A Public Service Announcement Regarding Title Insurance

The following is a true story. The names have been changed to protect the innocent (in this case, the real estate buyer). One day last week, a client of mine called me to let me know that her offer on her new house had been accepted and she wanted my office to order the title insurance. I asked her to have the realtor forward me the agreement of sale, so I could commence protecting her interests in purchasing her home.

I just received a Utilization Review. What does that mean?

If you have been injured in Pennsylvania and are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, the insurance company paying those benefits has the right to question the reasonableness and necessity of any treatment provided to you.  In other words, if you have been seeing a chiropractor and the insurance company would like to question whether the treatment you are receiving is reasonable and necessary any longer, they must file what is called a utilization review, or for short, a “UR.”  So, what does it mean once a UR has been filed?

Can an unemployed worker take work with Uber and still collect unemployment benefits?

In a column appearing in these pages in January of 2016, we discussed the potential for a new category of worker, falling somewhere in between an employee and an independent contractor – a category sometimes referred to as a “dependent contractor.”  The term “dependent contractor”, a label still without legal standing in most states, is increasingly used to apply to delivery drivers, Uber drivers, Handy tradespeople and other similarly situated workers dependent upon a particular company’s business, and completely vulnerable to any collapse in that business or any change in that compan

What's Mine Is Yours And What Yours Is Mine… Until Divorce Do Us Part

Oftentimes in marriage people end up doing things they don’t want to do for the sake of their partners’ happiness. However, there are things a person shouldn’t  do in marriage for the sake of his or her partner’s happiness. I frequently see problems in divorce cases when people, for the sake of making the other person happy, put their partner’s name on a piece of property that isn’t marital to begin with, or they put their partner’s name on an account where it isn’t necessary. Here is my piece of friendly advice – DON’T!

“Let’s Blow This Popsicle Stand”- Relocation in Custody Cases

People move. It’s part of life. Sometimes people want a new house. Sometimes people want a new neighborhood. Sometimes people just want change. Whatever the reason, it is rare that people stay in the same house the entire time their children are young. With an intact family, there are fewer problems that arise with a move. When a family is divided, moving can end up costing both parties a lot of time, headache and money, including court battles. However, when custody of children is contested, the courts will not get involved with every move.

Buyer Beware: A Developer’s Duties in Planned Communities

For most people, their home is their largest asset and biggest investment. Many homebuyers assume that buying a brand-new house in a new community means less surprise issues than perhaps that 100-year-old farmhouse. Unfortunately, many buyers’ “house fever” overshadows conscientious due diligence in the home buying process. Issues which should be readily apparent may be overlooked in the rush to close, and later morph into buyer’s regret once the dust settles and the boxes are moved in. What’s a buyer to do?

Big Changes To Workers’ Compensation Subrogation

On June 19, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a decision which significantly changed the landscape of the interaction between personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.  Personal injury attorneys and injured workers should know about the decision and its implications.

“What am I supposed to do now?” Practical Advice for Family after the Death of a Loved One

When a family member or someone you are close to passes away, you are going to feel intense grief, confusion, loss, isolation, and perhaps even anger. While you are wrestling with these emotions, you are expected to know what to do and keep a level head about yourself. If you are like most people, you have no idea what do next.

I have received numerous phone calls over the years from grieving individuals who literally just saw their parent or spouse die moments before they called me, desperately seeking the answer to one simple question: “What am I supposed to do now?”

Executive Employment Agreements

Most employees in Pennsylvania work without any type of written contract governing the terms of their employment. A fair portion, however, including many teachers, police officers, and skilled laborers, work pursuant to union contracts.

A Public Service Announcement Regarding Title Insurance

The following is a true story. The names have been changed to protect the innocent (in this case, the real estate buyer). One day last week, a client of mine called me to let me know that her offer on her new house had been accepted and she wanted my office to order the title insurance. I asked her to have the realtor forward me the agreement of sale, so I could commence protecting her interests in purchasing her home.

I just received a Utilization Review. What does that mean?

If you have been injured in Pennsylvania and are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, the insurance company paying those benefits has the right to question the reasonableness and necessity of any treatment provided to you.  In other words, if you have been seeing a chiropractor and the insurance company would like to question whether the treatment you are receiving is reasonable and necessary any longer, they must file what is called a utilization review, or for short, a “UR.”  So, what does it mean once a UR has been filed?

Can an unemployed worker take work with Uber and still collect unemployment benefits?

In a column appearing in these pages in January of 2016, we discussed the potential for a new category of worker, falling somewhere in between an employee and an independent contractor – a category sometimes referred to as a “dependent contractor.”  The term “dependent contractor”, a label still without legal standing in most states, is increasingly used to apply to delivery drivers, Uber drivers, Handy tradespeople and other similarly situated workers dependent upon a particular company’s business, and completely vulnerable to any collapse in that business or any change in that compan

What's Mine Is Yours And What Yours Is Mine… Until Divorce Do Us Part

Oftentimes in marriage people end up doing things they don’t want to do for the sake of their partners’ happiness. However, there are things a person shouldn’t  do in marriage for the sake of his or her partner’s happiness. I frequently see problems in divorce cases when people, for the sake of making the other person happy, put their partner’s name on a piece of property that isn’t marital to begin with, or they put their partner’s name on an account where it isn’t necessary. Here is my piece of friendly advice – DON’T!

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