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Dealing with Trusts in Divorce Cases in Delaware County

May 18th, 2017
By Raffaele Puppio

Trusts are a unique vehicle available to estate planning attorneys to accomplish a multitude of goals. They tend to be the longest and most complex of all estate planning documents. For even the most experienced family law attorney in Delaware County, ascertaining why a trust was set up in a certain way by the original…

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A Snapshot of the Financial Considerations in a Divorce

December 8th, 2016
By Raffaele Puppio

Published in Family Advocate, Vol. 37, No. 1, (Summer 2014) p. 4-7. © 2014 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the…

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New Types of Protection Orders Available in Pennsylvania

November 23rd, 2016
By Raffaele Puppio

Most attorneys are aware of the protections available to clients through Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act, but new alternative protective orders expand the protections offered to victims of sexual violence and intimidation in Pennsylvania. The protections afforded under the PFA Act are conditioned upon the victim being a spouse/former spouse, a parent of a child…

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What to Do When the General Contractor’s Work Causes Your Delaware County Business an Anticipated Delayed Opening

October 27th, 2016

All too often, business openings or reopenings are delayed as a result of interruptions in construction or renovations. As a business owner, this can cause many hardships, such as lost revenue, lost profits and in many cases, additional costs and expenses to get the project done. As a land development lawyer in Delaware County, I…

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Estate Planning Tips During a Divorce

October 14th, 2016

For most, a divorce is a foreign, complex and highly emotional process. Once a party has decided to divorce or has been served with a divorce complaint, the issues that take the forefront are the ones which affect a party’s everyday life – how will expenses be paid, where will each party live, how often…

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Understanding the Financial Ramifications of Divorce

September 15th, 2016

While money can be a significant source of stress in a marriage, that stress and discord can be multiplied exponentially during a divorce. Understanding – or at least asking the right questions about – the financial aspects of divorce is important even before divorce proceedings begin. Ensuring that your finances are stable and that the…

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Share and Share Alike – The Many Ways to Co-Parent

September 1st, 2016

Once a couple has decided to divorce, one of most important challenges they face is deciding how to continue to parent together even though they will be living apart. But how, exactly, can they share parenting duties after a divorce? No single approach works best for all families, and reaching an arrangement that benefits the…

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Talking to Kids About Divorce

August 18th, 2016

Getting divorced is hard on everyone involved, but perhaps the hardest blow affects the youngest members of a family. Although they may not understand all the particulars, most children are perceptive enough to know when something is askew in the home. Even if they sense that something is “off,” however, many still are stunned by the…

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You Can Still Use Common Law Marriage to Reduce or Eliminate PA Inheritance Tax

June 29th, 2016

Under Pennsylvania Estate Law, anything that you inherit from your non-spouse, significant other after his or her death will be taxed at a rate of 15% by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. However, if you can prove that you were the common-law spouse of the deceased, anything that you inherit will be taxed at a…

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Special Education Law: What is KOSHK and Why is it Important?

June 15th, 2016

An important fact in a special education due process proceeding is the “KOSHK” date, or the date that the parent “knew or should have known” about an alleged deprivation of special education. A “deprivation of special education” just mean that the parents are claiming that a child should have been provided with special education but…

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