Grandparent Rights and Child Custody in PA

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 divides custody of children into two separate types: legal and physical. The right of legal custody is the authority to make decisions for […]

Positives and Negatives of Corporations in Pennsylvania

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 this article is on a for-profit business. The corporation can be a C corp. or an S […]

Benefits of Forming an LLC in Pennsylvania

LLCs  in Pennsylvania 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 liability. In other words, if the owners are sued, barring certain exceptions, their personal […]

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 […]