November 2016 Firm E-Newsletter


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Special Education Law

Special Education Law: What is KOSHK and Why is it Important?
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" means that the parents are claiming that a child should have been provided with special education but was not. Read More...
Ramifications of Divorce

Understanding the Financial Ramifications of Divorce
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 vital to a secure financial future. Read More...
Common Law Marriage

You Can Still Use Common Law Marriage to Reduce or Eliminate PA Inheritance Tax
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 percent 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 rate of 0 percent. This can translate into significant savings. Read More...
talking to kids about divorce

Talking to Kids About Divorce
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 announcement that their parents are getting a divorce. Read More...
Featured Practice Area - Family Law
The Delaware County family law attorneys of Raffaele Puppio know that when we provide legal counsel in matters of family law, we are assisting our clients with life-changing decisions. Being accessible and responsive is not enough; family law litigation can be time-consuming and emotionally draining. We service our clients with a great degree of sensitivity and emotional intelligence. Read More...
Highlights from Raffaele Puppio
Raffaele Puppio Partner Recognized Among 2017 'Best Lawyers in America'
Delaware County full-service law firm Raffaele Puppio is pleased to announce that partner Michael A. Raffaele has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the legal profession's oldest and most respected peer-review publications. Read More...

Estate Planning Attorney Nicholas Orloff Presents as Part of Estate Planning CLE
Raffaele Puppio attorney Nicholas M. Orloff addressed the basics of gifting during an Estate Planning continuing education seminar on Sept. 29 in Pittsburgh. An elder law, estate planning and administration and general litigation attorney, Orloff discussed the basics of the federal gift tax system, gift tax discount planning techniques and estate freeze techniques. Read More...

J. Patrick Hickey, Esq. Speaks at Drexel University's Kline School of Law
Raffaele Puppio partner J. Patrick Hickey recently spoke to law students at Drexel University's Thomas R. Kline School of Law on professionalism and ethics in the practice of law. Hickey heads the litigation department at Raffaele Puppio, one of the largest full-service law firms in Delaware County. Read More...
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