Physician Please Don’t Heal Thyself – Talk to Your Lawyer About that Employment Contract!

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By:      Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire Employment contracts for physicians are nothing new; however, the trend toward larger, corporate healthcare systems has dramatically altered the terms of physician employment agreements and the factors which a physician must consider prior to signing an employment agreement. Physician-owned practices have largely gone by the wayside, giving way to […]

It’s All About the Kids: How Divorce Affects Children’s Financial Aid for College

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By:      Robert B. George, Esquire Not surprisingly, prospective as well as returning college students often find themselves unable to pay for their college education, as a result of which many students  need to seek assistance through financial aid. Many students will apply for financial aid by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, […]

Homeowners Have Rights! Understanding Your Rights (and the Contractor’s Obligations) under the Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act

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By:      Matthew H. Fry, Esquire On July 1, 2009, the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”) took effect in Pennsylvania. This law requires most home improvement contractors to register with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Additionally, these contractors must maintain minimum insurance coverage and utilize contracts that comply with a number of consumer […]

Freeze Frame (Take 2)—Photographing Police Activity Constitutes Protected Speech under the First Amendment

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By: Lisanne L Mikula, Esquire Back in March 2016, I discussed a decision by a federal trial court in Philadelphia which held that a private citizen bystander does not have a First Amendment right to photograph or film police officers while those officers are engaged in law enforcement activities.    That decision was appealed to the United States […]

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Can Children Be Forced to Testify in Court?

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By:      Robert B. George, Esquire             rgeorge@dioriosereni.com Prompted by a recent legal issue, I did some digging into whether a child may be compelled to testify in criminal court proceeding.  My research into this issue indicates that children who are witnesses to or victims of crimes may be required to testify in criminal cases. […]

TAXPAYER ALERT: PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT HOLDS TAXING AUTHORITIES MAY NOT CREATE PROPERTY SUB-CLASSIFICATIONS WHEN TAKING REAL ESTATE TAX APPEALS

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire In a unanimous decision on July 5, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that it is unconstitutional for a taxing authority to appeal the real property tax assessments of only one sub-classification of properties where that sub-classification is by property type, such as a commercial property or apartment complex. In Valley Forge […]

IN THE MARKET? WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BUYING RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE

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By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire There can be a lot to think about when searching for and purchasing a new home.  Whether you are a first time buyer or have not been through the process for many years, the process is fairly uniform if you are buying residential real estate.  Below are common steps to move […]

Employment Law Alert: Recently Terminated Employees No Longer Entitled to Review Personnel Files

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire Under the Pennsylvania Inspection of Employment Records Law (the “Act”), an employer must permit an employee or the employee’s agent to inspect the employee’s own personnel files.  The Act defines “employee” as a person who is currently employed, laid off with reemployment rights, or on a leave of absence. Because […]

You Have No Right! Termination of Parental Rights in PA

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By: Robert B. George, Esquire When parental rights are terminated for a child, it is as though the child were never born to that parent. There are two types of termination of parental rights: voluntary and involuntary.

The Law Firm of DiOrio & Sereni, LLP Successfully Ensures Taxpayers Do Not Pay More Than Their Fair Share

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire Our taxpayers unjustly pay more than their fair share of the cost of government when other property owners “game” the system and pay less than their fair share in real estate taxes.  In Pennsylvania, our law provides for the “principle that a taxpayer should pay no more or no less […]

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