Does Pro Se Mean You Have a Fool for a Client?


Why Self-Representation is a Serious Mistake "He Who Represents Himself Has a Fool For a Client" - Abraham Lincoln  Hoffmeyer & Semmelman's mission is to provide you the highest quality legal service through aggressive representation … [Continue reading]

Loss of Real Estate Through Adverse Possession

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Adverse Possession of Real Estate QUESTION:  If you hold title to real estate by a deed or by inheritance, can you lose that ownership by a person taking possession of your property openly, notoriously, hostilely, continuously, and visibly for a … [Continue reading]

What Is a Notary Public in Pennsylvania and Why Do You Need One?

A Notary Public is an individual appointed and commissioned by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Notaries as a public official have been granted powers pursuant to the Notary Public Law of 1953, as amended (57 P.S. § 147 et seq.) … [Continue reading]

Grandparent Rights and Child Custody in PA

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Grandparent Rights to Child Custody in Pennsylvania   In Pennsylvania grandparents and great-grandparents have the right to seek custody of their grandchildren in certain circumstances. It must first be understood that Pennsylvania … [Continue reading]

Positives and Negatives of Corporations in Pennsylvania

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Forming a Corporation in Pennsylvania Previously, we explored the business entity called an LLC. We explained why LLCs can be advantageous here in Pennsylvania.  Another business form that can be extremely useful is the Corporation. Our focus in … [Continue reading]

Benefits of Forming an LLC in Pennsylvania

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When setting up a new business, it is critical to choose the correct structure.  One popular type of structure here in Pennsylvania is the LLC, or Limited Liability Company. Why an LLC? Limited Liability Companies provide protection from personal … [Continue reading]

Keep These Tax Advantages in Mind for Fees, Medical Expenses and Spousal Support

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Reminder for Families of all Clients: Tax Advantages for Family Law The purpose of this post is to advise some of our family law clients of tax advantages they may be entitled to as a result of the legal fees they have incurred and paid during … [Continue reading]

New Rules Regarding Real Estate Settlements


New TILA-RESPA Disclosure Rules Effective as of October, 2015 Starting October 3, 2015, new rules went into effect for any loan application taken on or after that particular date. Part of these new rules relate to the forms and timing with … [Continue reading]

Hoffmeyer Presents Seminars

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William F. Hoffmeyer Presented Numerous Seminars Recently   William F. Hoffmeyer, Senior Partner of the Law Firm of Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, LLP, recently co-presented the following seminars: “How To Identify the Unauthorized Practice … [Continue reading]

Claim What’s Yours – The Family Exemption


  The Family Exemption and the Elective Share This article examines what assets of a decedent’s property are subject to exemption, election, and the parties entitled thereto. The Family Exemption The family exemption is a statutory right … [Continue reading]