The Types of Easements

An easement is the right to use the real estate of another for a specific purpose. When you seek to purchase real estate, it is important that you find out whether there are any easements on the property. A qualified real estate attorney can help you find out how best to determine if there might […]

Do You Have a PFA? Stay Off Facebook!

A Protection from Abuse order or PFA is an order requiring one person to stay away from and stop communicating with another. The orders can vary as to their details, but generally, the goal is to keep one person from abusing, threatening, or harassing someone with whom they have a close relationship. In Pennsylvania, PFAs […]

A Legal Checklist – Issues to Consider Every Year

What to Put on Your Legal Checklist   The start of the year is a good opportunity to take a look at the important legal matters that have shaped your life over the last 12 months and take stock of any matters that need your attention.  The following is a summary of issues to assist you […]

Breaking News:   Divorces in PA May Soon Require 1 Year Separation Instead of 2

Decreased Waiting Period for Divorces in Pennsylvania One of the first questions we are asked when a client comes to us seeking a divorce is, “how long will I have to wait?” The answer always depends on the type of divorce as well as whether either party refuses to cooperate. Time Period Depends on Cooperation […]

Why Should You Have Owner’s Title Insurance?

Title Insurance Matters – Here’s Why Owner’s Title Insurance protects your home which in many cases is an individual’s largest investment. It is a one-time fee that protects the owner’s property rights for as long as the home is owned by that owner. In addition, your heirs are protected based upon your purchase of title […]

Why Prince Shows You Need a Will

Prince Left No Will – Which Means He Left a Problem Anyone who has paid even a small bit of attention to the news of late, knows that legendary musician Prince passed away. Most people will never have the kind of money and property Prince had, but still, he provides the perfect example of why […]

13 Consecutive Time as Super Lawyer for William Hoffmeyer

William F. Hoffmeyer, Senior Partner in the law firm of Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, LLP, has been named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2016.  No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this […]

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 using practical advice and efficient service. The firm’s mission statement encompasses many concepts which are designed to assist you in legal […]

Loss of Real Estate Through Adverse Possession

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 period in excess of 21 years? ANSWER:  Yes. In Pennsylvania, the legal concept of adverse possession has […]

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.) such as administering oaths and affirmations, taking affidavits and sworn verifications, taking acknowledgements, […]