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

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 each calendar year.  More specifically the Internal Revenue Code allows certain […]

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 regard to the real estate settlement. These rules include new documents relating to the […]

Hoffmeyer Presents Seminars

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 of Law” at the PBA’s Young Lawyers Division Summer Meeting at Seven Springs Resort; and PBA’s “2015 General Practitioners Update” in Philadelphia […]

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 founded upon the family relationship between the claimant and the decedent. Initially, the surviving spouse holds the right […]

Hoffmeyer Speaking on Estate Administration in PA

Hoffmeyer Speaking on the Probate Process On August 20, 2015, partner William Hoffmeyer joins NBI to speak about “The Probate Process from Start to Finish.” During this seminar, Hoffmeyer will join other faculty to take lawyers through an exploration of the estate administration process in Pennsylvania. During his portion of the presentation, Hoffmeyer will address: […]

Hoffmeyer Speaking for NBI on Title Insurance and Real Estate

William Hoffmeyer Speaking on Title Insurance, Legal Ethics and Drafting Purchase/Sale Agreements and Deeds for NBI On August 17, 2015, Partner William Hoffmeyer joins NBI (the National Business Institute) to speak at Legal Descriptions, Title Insurance and Surveys in Real Estate Transactions. During this seminar, Hoffmeyer will be teaching other attorneys about important issues related to […]

Own Property Together Before Marriage? Change the Deed

How You Own Property Before Marriage and After Marriage Matters Many people live together before they get married. They may choose to do so, or they may have had no other choice until recently (for example in cases of same-sex marriage.) If you live with someone and own real estate together, how you own that […]

Custody and Best Interests of the Child

What Does Best Interests of the Child Mean? When there is a dispute between parents about where a child should live, the main focus of the York Family Court in determining custody will be based on what is called the best interests of the child. It makes sense that all involved want what is best for the […]

Contracts Should be Easier to Read

Plain Language Consumer Contract Act   Despite its adoption by the legislature in June 1993, the Plain Language Consumer Contract Act (“Act”) seems to be relatively unknown as I continue to receive contracts  for review that violate its provisions.  The Act is consumer friendly with few available defenses to a violation of its provisions.  As […]

Why Everybody Needs a Will

A Will is Key – No Matter your Finances A lot of people think that if they don’t have a lot of money or property, then they don’t need a will. Unfortunately, these people often leave problems for their loved ones after they die. A properly drafted will is something that anyone over the age of […]