Limited Liability Companies – The Best of All Worlds?

A limited liability company (LLC) is a business structure that combines some of the best features of sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. LLC owners, like their counterparts for partnerships or sole proprietorships, report profits or losses on their personal income tax returns. Like a corporation, however, the owners of an LLC have limited liability, that [...]

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Employees are Responsible for Beneficiary Designations

The Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Act of 1954 (FEGLIA) establishes an $824 billion program providing lowcost life insurance for hundreds of thousands of federal employees. FEGLIA allows an employee to name a beneficiary of life insurance proceeds, and specifies an order of precedence providing that the employees death benefits accrue first to that beneficiary [...]

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Protect Your Plastic

As new technologies change the way we pay for things, criminals are managing to keep pace as they devise ways to separate you from your money. Doing what you can to protect yourself is one part understanding the technology and at least equal portions of vigilance and common sense. Still, we can all benefit from [...]

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HOA Can Regulate Common Area

Kirk owned a home in a residential community that was overseen by a homeowners association. His property abutted one of a handful of lakes in the community. Legally, the lakes were regarded as common areas controlled by the association. When Kirk bought his home many years ago, the only recorded document imposing restrictions on his [...]

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Identity Theft Policies for Businesses

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised and clarified its Red Flags Rule to help covered businesses comply with requirements for preventing and responding to identity theft directed at their customers. The Rule requires many businesses and organizations to implement a written Identity Theft Prevention Program designed to detect the warning signs (or red flags) [...]

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Jerk and Jolt

A woman who boarded a bus, walked down the aisle toward a seat, and fell when the bus suddenly accelerated claimed that she was entitled to the benefit of the jerkandjolt doctrine and that she should be compensated by the bus company for her back and neck injuries. On appeal, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court disagreed. [...]

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School Daze

With the fall school days approaching, parents need to know their rights and obligations regarding their children's schooling. The Pennsylvania Public School Code mandates that all children must either attend school or pursue a course of home study. While most Pennsylvania children begin school well before they are eight years old, Pennsylvania law does not [...]

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Responsibility for Auto Accidents

A Pennsylvania man who didn't even consider himself involved in an accident was sentenced to three years in jail as a result of his conduct. Witnesses reported that the man drove his car out of a gas station at a high rate of speed, with spinning, smoking tires. Making a left turn as he exited [...]

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Unemployment Compensation and Absenteeism

A Pennsylvania employee who missed work because he had been bumped from an overbooked air flight was denied unemployment compensation when his employer convinced a Pennsylvania appellate court that the employee had engaged in willful misconduct. The employee worked for an auto body company, cleaning cars. Over a sixmonth period, the employee was tardy or [...]

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Workers’ Compensation and Narcotic Pain Medication

A Pennsylvania appellate court made the unusual announcement that it was constrained to deny an injured worker prescription narcotic painkillers despite profound sympathy for the worker's circumstances. The worker was employed by a mental health agency and was injured at work. The injury caused her to suffer back problems that led to several surgeries and [...]

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